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Mens 4s avenge earlier defeat to beat West Hampstead

22 March 2014, 11:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 4s 3 - 2 West Hampstead Men's 5s

Keen to avenge the drubbing at the hands of West Hampstead at Brent Cross shopping centre earlier in the season, the 4s needed merely a point to confirm their promotion – although in truth it was unlikely Wycombe would improve their goal difference by 30 goals to overcome us. (As it was, they lost) We started well and forced several short corners, the first of which Jasper deposited with his customer power. Hampstead were no pushovers, however, and they closed us down sufficiently well to force an equaliser as we struggled to clear from the sideline. Up stepped Tom Forrester to expertly drag flick us into the lead from another corner. Both teams pushed forward and at times it got a bit physical – my right back in particular wailing to the umpire every time I whacked him - but the game was excellently handled by Charlie and Jacqui.

James Rogers became more prominent as did quiet Tom and we gained a clear advantage through a powerful James reverse stick shot that appeared to go through their keeper. The away team rallied and pulled a late goal back and there was just enough time for Nick Rogers to get into the action and he had a wonderful chance to score, but narrowly shot into the side netting. Another excellent win and the 4s remain undefeated after Christmas and with one match to go, we need three goals to reach our ton. And it all comes down to goal difference with Marlow HC to see who are crowned champions. Unless one of us slips up. One further victory required – ooh, I feel a Winston Churchill speech coming on. “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: it is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all error, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival …”.

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