Head of Boys' Hockey Phil Mather brings you the first round-up of the season, with plenty of encouraging efforts from various age groups.
Saturday saw the U16s travel to Birkenhead. With us dominating the possession stats in the first 20 minutes we created a number of opportunities but only converted two, the best goal of the day being our first.
Adrian Lewis driving the ball into the D from outside the 22 and Matthias Fiorita getting a nice glancing touch into the back of the goal. Birkenhead pulled one back late in the first half.
The second half can be characterised by 10 minutes of possession, followed by 10 of horror and then five of panic.
We began creating chances which were thwarted by some good Birkenhead defence, but then the wheels came off and silly errors allowed the visitors to score three unanswered goals.
Finally, we got our act together a great demonstration of individual skill saw Jacob Heaton Rue pull one pack followed by some great team play allowed Matthias to pull us all square.
Whilst we had two opportunities in the final seconds we could not quite pull ahead! Final score 4-4 Draw. Except for 10 minutes, a good start to the term, perhaps we can do better when we play the return fixture in two weeks.
The 14s game was an end to end affair both sides showed some great intent moving the ball about the field well. The difference came down to some great defence by us at one end, Jacob Cousins played with a great deal of composure to snuff out the Birkenhead threat.
At the other end, Josh Lynch had a first-class game scoring two great individual goals. By half-time we were 4-1 up, Osca Clark and Ben Davies scoring the other two.
The second half was much the same as the first only this time Birkenhead managed to score two goals, and whilst we created many good opportunities, the ball just wouldn’t cross the goal line! Final result a 4-3 win.
We will need to be at our best in two weeks because I feel Birkenhead will want to avenge their loss. Again, a very good start to the season.
On Wednesday the 1st XI travelled to King’s School, Chester to play a very well drilled team full of club players, and after a difficult first half full of errors and misfires, not to mention four goals for the opposition, we began to put together some pleasing passages of possession.
With our game starting to find some structure we began to threaten the oppositions defence more frequently and maintained possession for longer periods.
In the second half we restricted King’s to just two goals. A very positive performance upon which to build, well done to all involved.