Sports Report - Senior Boys Hockey
A yr 10/11 side of boys faced Brymore and Haygrove on the dusty redgras at Haygrove yesterday. The boys including some new faces-Darshan and Hassan, were a cheerful bunch and led by Rowan James and Toby Knight plotted their tactics and playing formation on the bus. George Hale having finally grown into the GK kit after 5 years, donned the equipment and stepped into goal for the games. Our tactic of 'chuck and Chase' was to utilise the speed of Ash 'Usain Bolt'Francis and Jacob H Finch and keep the ball in attacking territory-miles away from George! The first 10 mins saw the defenders struggle to get hold of the ball on the bouncy surface but soon, Darshan, Rowan and Peter began to use the width and power the ball down field. However, Haygrove's superior understanding of the pitch meant they were able to capitalise and after many attempts scored at a corner. This gave them confidence and now they played to win corners and soon 2 more good goals were scored. despite the loss Rowan in defence was pleased that we were playing as a good unit and trying the 'right 'things!
The 2nd game against Brymore again saw the midfield work hard with Toby Knight in particular threading the ball into dangerous areas. Ash and Jacob had several attempts at goal but were thwarted by brave goal keeping. Brymore had one key player whose stickwork was fantastic and the CT boys just couldn't keep the ball away from him. A magnificent stirke from him finally paid off as it whistled past the defence and into goal. George had played bravely but suffered an injury so the team were down a player. Despite L Otley and T Wheaton holding the midfield width the extra player was just too much and the score finished 1-0 to Brymore.