Oxford HC is currently our only fixture as other Boys Development sites have fallen by the wayside….
A game in the first weekend back to hockey as always an challenging one to arrange. Such is the strength and enthusiasm of the Colts section that within 24hrs of the fixture email going out I had 14 boys eager to play. The idea is to have 4 adult players on the pitch at the same time, but due to late or away fixtures availability was limited to just Captain Venables. All came together on the day, with Robbie Scragg and Andy Clarke drafted in at the last minute and Lisa Scragg umpiring.
Compared to Oxford HC we had much the younger team composed of mainly U12 rising stars. The adults rotated to ensure that most of the time we only had two on the field allowing the boys plenty of freedom. The pre-match talk emphasized the need to pass and use the width of the pitch.
1st half Hawks had good possession but we were undone by two runaway goals having pushed up too far with adults at fault for not tackling their junior opposition a bit firmer! So half time 0-2.
2nd half…more determination from Hawks and we clawed back 3 goals to win the match. Clarke and Venables held back in defence or midfield and rarely crossed the half way line leaving all the hard work to the boys who played some lovely passing hockey, driving down the wings and cutting the ball back. The first goal was a text book deflection by Ollie G who slotted in from the left post from a lovely crossing ball. The other two goals were from Jack O ‘Donovan from the u14’s but supported by Roly Benton who set him up on the first occasion. Post match reflection praised the boys for their commitment in the tackle and excellent passing.
It was a match played in great spirit with the promise of more games against Oxford HC in the future.
The squad comprised:
Aiden Benger, Ollie Webb, Aaron Tyler Chamberlain, Phil Barnett, Laurie Cooke, Ollie Graham, Roly Belton, Simon White, Adam Byles,
Will Hackett GK, Edward Poole, Jack O’Donovan, Ed Wilkinson, Jack Tyler Chamberlain
Richard Venables, Andy Clarke, Robbie Scragg