Not an easy place to come to is Eastcote, especially without a front line keeper. But all was not lost, Charles Darby manned the pads again, and it was soon apparent that the Eastcote forwards knew they were going to have to work hard to breach his goal.
This was a good game of hockey, but my main observation was how well our club is doing regarding bringing young players on. Jonny Florey is looking a real class act at the back, James Blenkinsop is proving to be a really solid regular, Tim Webster dazzled the Eastcote crowd with his skills, whilst Robbie Scragg and young Harry Venables showed the older members of the team how to hold the ball up up front.
My opposite number came up to me afterwards and said he honestly thought that we had played the better hockey, especially the youngsters, - and he was right, the only thing we didn't have was their slippery centre forward who made/scored most of their goals.
It was a close game, and we were always in it until their 4th, which was slightly comical... our "new" centre back, who up until then had played superbly in marshalling the young defence, decided to play a daring pass 40 metres back to Charles in goal, who was so shocked he nearly fell down, and unfortunately couldn't recover so he managed to kick the ball straight to the slippery one who couldn't believe his luck.
Jack Sobey scored our goal to make it 1-1 and at 1-2 at half time it was all there to be played for. Great effort from everyone, next week the young guns of Reading!!!
Man of the match Richard Venables for his amazing work rate.