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Slippery Slope Sees 5s Square Off Against Slough

26 March 2022, 10:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 5s 1 - 0 Slough Men's 2s

This weekend, the 5’s were in dire need of some points, after a drought that has lasted 3 weeks. This saw them sitting just 5 points above the relegation zone.

The opposition to face this pent up frustration, Slough. A team that had been comfortably beaten 5-2 at home, despite conditions making it impossible to tell who was playing for whichever team due to excellent captaincy saw both teams wearing red (you’re welcome for the added drama). Not only that, but also the team sat just behind them, in 2nd bottom.

The 5s started brightly, with long spells of possession and incisive passing. The Slough players found themselves camped within their own 25 for the majority of the first half. This confidence and height led to some hair-raising moments, when Slough were able to counter attack, but a staunch defence and solid keeping performance from Jonny Atkins, turned them away on those occasions.

The second half saw more of the same, with Charlie Ponder threatening down the right and running hard at a Slough defence that who’s theme song could have been Survivor by Destiny’s Child. A big shout went up, when Christoph Royer swept the ball into the area, which was deflected by a Slough defender into the goal. This celebration lasted until everyone remembered the rules and we realised Christoph had been outside of the D.

With 5 minutes to go, 8 short corners without scoring, we were getting very antsy as it felt like this game could get escape us. Another lively D penetration from Adam Laird, saw a shot squeezed away, which the keeper managed to squirrel away, but only as far as Charlie Ponder, who concluded that the most effective way to score a goal, was to avoid the keeper, so he elected to sensibly lift the ball over the keeper. The crowd, players and maybe some passing birds erupted into elation as we looked to have finally secured the victory and the 3 points that would safely see our season conclude, with us still competing in it next season. This was confirmed with much relief minutes later.

This elation may be short lived as we travel to second in the league next week. Make sure you join us for the next enthralling instalment of pretty good hockey!


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