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The Weekender – w20 – 18 Feb 2017

 

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W2  D0  L2

GF: 10    GA: 9

 

Giant Killers

 

It was a memorable weekend for knocking out the big guns.  There was Lincoln City, of course, who made FA Cup history on Saturday, becoming the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-final in over a hundred years.  Then there was M4’s win with the same scoreline.  OK maybe not on exactly the same scale in terms of league position, but a win of any sort over an opponent with eight times as many wins as you is still a victory of epic proportions.

With that in mind, M4 are naturally a shoo-in for Team of the Week.  This was exemplified by M1 who were the only other team to win their match this week, but against a far more lowly opposition.  They also seemed to think that this earned them team of the week which, by The Weekender’s unwritten law of belligerence (being that if you nominate yourself, you eliminate yourself), means that they aren’t on all levels.  Still they did get a hat-trick and a clean sheet which puts them in the special mention category if nothing else.

M1 continue their run of 14 games without defeat with a 4-0 away win over 11th side Southampton University.  David Fox claimed a hat-trick with Khurram adding a fourth.  Dan Wall added to his clean sheet tally.  This win was essential in keeping pace in second place as both Haslemere (top, 40 pts) and Hamble (3rd, 39 pts) also won which means it is incredibly tight.  Next week sees pivotal games for all three as Haslemere, travel to Hamble.  This creates an opportunity for M1, whatever that result, but they have to win away to fourth side US Portsmouth to make the most of it.  They will be hoping for a repeat of the 4-1 win recorded at home in November.

M4 pulled off a remarkable 1-0 win over third side Hamble.  This was a game for the keepers with one, Toby Jackson, on the scoresheet and another, Matt Pryor, keeping a clean sheet.  You would think that this pulled them away from the bottom sides, but no: it was giant killing weekend.  This meant none of the top six sides won, the next three claimed all three points against higher opposition and even bottom side A&F claimed a point away to the leaders.  All of which means there are still only three points covering the bottom four.  That said, Trojans are only four points ahead.  Things (and M4) are looking up.

M2 scored four goals through Simon Islip (two), Jon Humphreys and Kyle McFadzean but were unable to hold on to a lead and so narrowly lost 4-5 at home to Camberley & Farnborough.  The loss sees them slide one to fifth place.  Next week they are at home (as they have been all February) to Fareham who are seventh, but only a point behind.

M3 visited Southampton University but a Lewis Shadrake goal was not enough to prevent them going down 1-4.  They now slip to seventh but travel to bottom side Woking Old Peculiars next.

The ladies were off for the week but are back in force with a full suite of games next Saturday.  L1 (6th) have, on paper, the easiest game with a visit from 11th side Basingstoke.  L2 (4th) have the trickiest tie as they travel to Romsey (5th) whilst L3 (3rd) host a derby game against Aldershot & Farnham (2nd).

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

There were no league games for the Juniors this week so we were reliant on the Minis to fly the flag for the Young Harts.

But whilst there were no 7-goal league wins, there were no fewer than 58 goals – and this with a reduced U8s showing.  They also conceded a mere 11 in 23 matches, including no fewer than 16 clean sheets.  Who needs a keeper anyway..?

Having said there were no 7-goal wins, there were 7-goal scorers as both Adam Smith and Alex Thompson scored seven with Nathanial Easton only one away on six.  George Davison thought seven rather paltry, however, and settled on double figures with his 10.  But it wasn’t all greed as fifteen players scored overall.  A fantastic effort all round and a 78% win rate that puts all the Senior section to shame.

 

 

CLUB GOALS

With the ladies bagging most of the goals last week, it was the turn of the men who, at least, all managed to score this week.  In fact we even managed to increase the tally to 10 which brings the season total to 271 -still the most ever.  But keep a watchful eye on previous years (notably 2013-14 which will soon be hitting the w25 ramp) – see the full chart on the ‘Season Report‘ page.

M1 continue to forge ahead on the team front with a massive 75 so far.  They need to average 4.4/game to hit three figures.  Worth a trip to the bookies..?

We are also maintaining our steadiest GD ever with another +1 weekend taking us to +7 for the season.  Given the shape of all of the previous year’s graphs, I think I’ll take that.

The full season’s GS chart also appears on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

WINS

The low-scoring week also didn’t waver when it came to win ratio as this week’s three wins from five (60%, no less) takes the season total on to 42%.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

Giant killers become giants?

Matt is on a roll!  Having discovered the pleasure of topping the chart with a clean sheet he’s even managed to double his tally making it two from two.

Now, will he hide in a cupboard until March or go for a CS-HT?


For the season to date, Matt’s fourth clean sheet keeps him clear in second place whilst Dan moves up three places to third.  The club GA average for the season remains, stubbornly, on 2.4.

The season’s GK table is on the ‘Season Report page.

  

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

With Matt’s fourth clean sheet of the season, M4 are now only one place behind L2 in total showing a reincarnation as the Men’s best defensive unit.

M1 are trying very hard to keep up with them with Dan adding his third this week.

M1 (and the Fox) reassert themselves as the top Attack of the season and move one ahead of L2’s defence.

 

 

SCOTT CUP

M1 took advantage of the ladies having a week off to keep the pressure on L2.

Elsewhere, M4 nearly double their Win%.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

OK, it’s only football. But it IS the FA Cup.

Bernice remains at the top of the February chart but is now being caught by Khurram, Fox and others with just one week remaining.

 

El Fox responded to pressure from Khurram with a hat-trick of his own.  Khurram won’t let it lie, however and adds another this week.  

Other winners include Simon and Kyle who both move onto five this week.

The full season’s table is available on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

AND FINALLY…

She’s only gone and landed us with two more miscreants to add to the books.

Congratulations to NJ Award’s own headcase, Nicky Johnston, for safely (for once) delivering two fine young hockey-players-in-the-making.

Remember, they’ve done nothing wrong yet, so any family-related awards they win in future are purely down to bad parenting.  Or bad genes.

Come to think of it, they haven’t got a chance really.  I might as well nominate them now.

 

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Mostly Cloudy
Today 09/20 10%
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Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. Turning warmer. High 17C. Winds SW at 15 to 30 km/h.
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Tomorrow 09/21 60%
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Becoming cloudy with occasional light rain in the afternoon. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 70%.
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Friday 09/22 10%
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Sunshine and some clouds. High 17C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.