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The Weekender – w16 – 6 Jan 2018

 

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W2  D0  L0

GF: 4    GA: 2

 

T’wins

 

Only two games this week.  Which means we only had two wins.  Both teams scored two.  Total goals conceded was two.  You’d think there was a pre-ordained organisation to it all.  If only all seven teams had turned out we’d have had 49 goals.  But let’s not get (too) greedy.

On which Christmas pudding-filled note, what happened whilst I was away?  (Sorry I was basking in the sunshine whilst you were enjoying the bleak mid-winter).

Team of the week went to the ladies – mainly due to the men having overindulged themselves.  Or not having any league fixtures.  Either way, it is too early in the year to start regardless of the school timetable.

Nonetheless the ladies sides did both win – both against Portsmouth & Southsea, both 2-1, but at rather different ends of the leagues.  L3 overcame the league proper-uppers but Team of the Week goes to L2 for their victory over their fourth-placed opponents.

L2 hosted Portsmouth & Southsea 2 and, thanks to goals from Bernice Gunn and Faye Williams, came out 2-1 victors.  The three points sees them not only retain their third place but also move to within one point of second and only four behind the leaders as both the top two could only manage a single point in their respective matches.  I bet you’re glad you only had thirds of mince pies now.

L3 took themselves and their leftover turkey to the coast for some fresh air and exercise against bottom side Portsmouth & Southsea 3.  Amber Jackson and Tate Thorp both scored to ensure the victory but P&S had clearly got through less of the mulled wine and were able to score their first goal of the season early in the second half to give the scoreline respectability, if not the point they remain desperate to earn.  L3’s 2-1 win gave them three points that saw them move up a place to fifth and still only four points of the leaders in the top half of a division that is pretty much cut in two.

 

 

We’re all back in action next week.  Well, those of us who aren’t injured.  Some of us are left to grumble and take photos when possible.

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

W0  D1  L0

GF: 2    GA: 2

U12g were Young Harts of the week as, unlike the other juniors, they played a league game.  They also earned a point at home to Camberley and Farnborough.  Such are the ambitions, however, that they had been hoping for more, but goals from Iola Wright and Katie Balsom gave them a 2-2 draw and ensured they didn’t finish with nothing.  It also meant that we suffered no league defeats in either section.

U14g were also in action in a 7s tournament hosted by Aldershot & Farnham.  They played six games against Haslmere, Alton and A&F and won all but one of them, scoring an unambiguous 15 goals against only one in reply.  If they can translate only a part of that to their league performances then we will soon see them fly up the table.

Notable this week amongst the scorers was Rosie Kelly with five – which starts her off in eighth place in the table – and Imogen Scutter who adds another three to her total.

 

 

CLUB GOALS

It has been a quiet period over the last three hockey weeks.  This is due to the paucity of games which hasn’t helped the GS total.

I am relying on the New Year’s first full week of fixtures to provide a much needed fillip to the table and avoid the ignominy of slipping below fourth place.

We remain ahead of 2015-16 more as a result of games played than goals per game which is 2.1 for both years.  The record of 2.8 does seem rather a challenge just now but I can still see us improving on the current rate.

Goal Difference is positive for the week for the first time since week 9.  It is currently flat-lining around -50.  How pretty would it be to turn that around?

The full season’s GS chart can be found on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

IN THE FAMILY WAY

Several changes here.  Rosie’s five goals move the Kellys up to fourth place amongst the Cradden/Bennett/Abley melee.  It also makes them the fourth family with three scorers.

Imogen’s three moves the Scutters up to seven.

There are also two new entries with Lucy adding two to Olivia’s brace to put the Rutherfords on the table whist Eloise adds her goal to Dad’s three to introduce the Vineys on the same total.

Such is the pressure of this table now I understand that even the Junior Prime Manager has been forced to pocket his cards and whistle and don a gumshield and shin pads in pursuit of family honour.  I haven’t heard back from Mrs Knighton…

 

 

WINS

Well at least this is heading in the right direction once more.  The win percentage has also improved two points to 36%.

What I have figured out is that when we win all seven games this weekend we will be top.  Looking forward to it already.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

 

A bit of a quiet one this weekend on many fronts.  Only one each conceded but no clean sheets.  But there’s three more weekends and twenty games to be had before the month is out.

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

  

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

All is quiet on New Year’s Day.

 

 

SCOTT CUP

L2 consolidate their position in third whilst L3 move up a place to fourth.

It is reassuring to see three sides over 40%.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

The month has started out very evenly with the order being defined only by the season’s chart.

 

The only significant change on the season chart this week is for it to get longer with Faye, Bernice and Amber all reaching three whilst Tate is a new addition on the full table.

However most of the to scorers weren’t in action, but they will be next week so watch this space.

  

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

 

 

AND FINALLY…

You know it has been cold outside.  Well those of you not supping Madeira and steak in the sunshine do.  I understand it’s been rather dark, cold and gloomy this far north.

But if you are taking your children training on Thursday nights you need to dress appropriately – not forgetting your blanket.

Of course what you really need is a matching woolly had and scarf.  And I happen to know just the man.

If you want to look the part (as well as joining the cognoscenti above) then get in touch with Robbie:  publicity@fleethockey.com

I’m looking forward to the FEHC blanket coming out too.

 

 

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