The Mens 6s travelled to the perimeter fencing of Heathrow Terminal 5 to face Ashford 3s on Saturday. With 9 under 16s and 3 adults, Boots kindly accompanied us as coach/driver and we followed his pre-match instructions to the letter by not worrying about the scoreline but trying to play a positive, passing brand of hockey. We were faced by a home team that had a suspicious amount of non-3s players, including a couple looking like they’d walked straight off from their 1s game against our 2s. This made it tough, particular for our under 14 keeper Theo, who barely filled the goal but was positive throughout and cleared his lines well. A drag flick half short corner half way through the first half was well out of Theo’s reach and showed what we were up against, however debutant Jonathan, The Teddies teacher and Yorkie, was solid in defence, aided and abetted by the tireless Matt in midfield, while Jonny at left half relieved pressure with a barrage of aerials. We were competitive throughout and although being two down at half time and conceding an early third in the second half, we grew into the game and the likes of Aaron and Matty showed touches of class in midfield, while our youthful trio upfront worked hard and were eventually rewarded with a well worked goal to make it 1-3. In truth this would have been a fair result, but some lax officiating allowed the home team to score two late contentious goals, which meant the final score was 1-5 and harsh on our overall efforts. A lot to be proud of however and we can build on this performance. The few of us old enough to have a drink stayed for a quick pint before we basked in the glory of a Man United loss.