LX O60’s Vs Scotland Thistles O60’s
The team lined up for the last of 4 games over the weekend against the strongest side (on paper).
Rob gave us our positions and the pep talk, Coxy reminded us about our immortality, and the aches and pains in our muscles disappeared.
The first half was one of attrition, we huffed we puffed and hit the post, missed narrowly wide, and put one of the Scottish defenders on the canvas for a standing count. After 11 minutes of constant pressure Andy Bradbury latched onto one of several attempted clearances in a piece of sustained pressure to put the shot in with a sweet undercut.
The half trundled on and Coxy got his moment of glory with a double save we started looking forward to the half time break.
We came out in the second half with a renewed vigour knowing that at 1 – 0 lead would keep the Scots in the game and give them hope and Lizzies Army was not going home to think again.
Within 4 minutes of the restart the midfield of Fraser Black, Steve Seymour and Martin Wright and Nick Kennerley maintained their dominance over their opponents and delivered a quick pass into Terry Duffy who turned the closed marking sweeper and got a quick shot off from the top of the circle, 2 – 0.
The team relaxed and continued to dominate. Five minutes later another wide midfield driven pass into the circle was quickly guided on past the keeper before he could be react by Terry for his second of the game, 3 – 0.
The substitutions took place and a new attacking line-up came on and the pressure on the Scots continued. Kaz Ramli capitalized on another rebound from a shot off of the Scottish goalkeeper to calmly pass the ball into the back of the net, 4 – 0 with four minutes left.
We did not back off and 2 minutes later Tony Taig received a pass on the penalty spot, he tried to score through the open legs of the advancing keeper but the ball caught the keepers heel and deflected into his striking partners path and David Lancaster calmly walked the ball into the goal to complete a comprehensive 5 – 0 win.
The team saved their best result till last to complete a 4 out of 4 game winning festival with 12 goals for and 1 against (which we also scored for our opposition).
I believe we had 8 different goal scorers which showed we gelled well as a side and built on the solid foundations given to us by our solid defensive unit.
The hockey was played in the right spirit, with no argy bargy, very little discussions with the umpires and plenty of encouragement on the pitch. The weekend was a great success mainly due to the fantastic organisation of Nic Crocker and pitch side management from Rob Glover. Looking forward to next year already.