Head of Hockey Phil Mather brings you his weekly rundown of Boys’ Hockey action, which saw the national champion U16 side and U14s continue their excellent start to the season:
The U16s and U14s played host to Birkenhead School on Saturday morning. Confidence was relatively high as, in the away fixture two weeks ago, we recorded two wins.
From the first whistle we worked hard to maintain a good level of possession in the opposition’s half. For the most part the ball travelled quickly, with good accurate passing being the order of the day. Early exchanges saw us trade goals and whilst we had the ball most of the time a number of opportunities went begging. Thankfully as we began to open up the oppositions defence with some rapid transition work the goals started to come and by half time we had a 4-1 lead.
Early in the second half Birkenhead managed to score another short corner but that was the last time they would get a scoring opportunity as our man to man defence combined with some first class movement saw us pull away to amass a 9-2 score line by the final whilstle.
Goals for Miles Poller, Zak Blomeley, Fin Hare, Jack Jones and Jacob Heaton Rue as well 4 for Jai Deuster. All in all a well-executed performance and a well-deserved win.
And so to the U14s. With a number of players unavailable for a number of reasons we took to the pitch a little unsure of ourselves. A number of U13s were playing in positions new to them and the U14 players are still getting to grips with a different playing formation.
The game was frantic with both sides having a fair share of possession. Whilst we had a game plan it’s fair to say we improvised a great deal.
However, we earned ourselves a 2-0 lead at the half time break with scores from Josh Lynch and either Adrian Lewis or Joe Allen depending upon who you speak to! As fatigue set in during the second half the game became less structured and amidst one of the many goal mouth scrambles at either end the opposition managed to sneak a goal into the net leaving the final score 2-1.
A pleasing morning’s work, well done everyone.