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The Weekender – w20 – 3 Feb 2018

 

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W4  D0  L3

GF: 13    GA: 16

 

Minion Adventure

 

They’re everywhere.  There’s Minions of them.

Cold, isn’t it?  Well the men seemed to be feeling it as only one of the men’s teams scored.  At least M1 managed to clinch three points.

But this was a weekend for the ladies as not only did all three ladies’ sides win but so did both girls’ sides.  In fact the female stats for the weekend was W5 D0 L0 GF18 GA6.  So the ladies get a tick in the ‘win all games’ box.

Given M1 were making life hard for themselves against a lower-placed side, Team of the Week must go to one of the ladies.  But whom.  Not L2, obviously, because they never get it.  They were also playing a lower side at home.  L3 beat the neighbours but with their lofty position nowadays this is becoming more expected.  So this week the title must go to L1 who beat the second placed side, and away too.

L2 recorded the biggest win of the weekend with a 5-0 home drubbing of sixth side, Eastleigh.  Lauren Slack earned her clean sheet today.  Becky Geoghegan scored two with Amy Cradden, Ella Godwin and Velvet Elson getting one each.  They remain second as the leaders also won but their goal difference is now nine better.

L1 travelled to second-placed Alton where they recorded a 4-3 win, although having gone 3-0 by half time then let Alton draw level they did well to push on for the win as other sides might have capitulated at that stage.  Goals came from Ruth Sealey (2), Molly Kelly and Ellen Knighton.  They remain sixth, however, but are only a win behind fourth.

L3 recorded their sixth win of the season away to Aldershot & Farnham.  A goal from Lucy Preskett and a clean sheet from debut goalkeeper Paddy McQuillan saw them take home all three points in a 1-0 victory.  This moves them up (yet) another place to third – a great performance for a side making their league debut this season.

M1 won 3-2 at home to Southampton University who are ninth.  Josh Dolding scored twice and Khurram Mahmood once to secure the win.  With the top two also winning – and convincingly – M1 remain third.

M3 travelled to seventh placed Southampton University but were thwarted by outstanding keeping by the home side.  Unable to score they eventually were undone 0-3.  They remain ninth.

M4 faced the tricky proposition of a visit by the leaders, Alton.  And so it proved, although by an altogether more respectable margin than in December as, after plenty of effort in defence, it finished 0-4.  They remain ninth.

M2 were similarly beaten 0-4 by second side Basingstoke.  More hard work yielding nothing in the GF column.  They slip to seventh.  They do however progress to the Quarter-Finals of the trophy as Southampton failed to field a side.

 

It must be half term.  So there is little by way of hockey next week.  But what we lack in quantity we make up for in quality as both championship hopefuls are in action.

M1 and L2 will both be looking to continue their run of successes – and both in away games, which means there won’t be anyone to support at home on Saturday.

M1 hope to make amends for their pre-Christmas 4-4 result against the then eighth-placed Aldershot & Farnham.  This home game was also played at Heath End due to the pitch freezing at Princes Avenue.

On paper this shouldn’t be complicated as you compare M1’s stats of 11-2-1 with A&F’s 5-3-7, but anything can happen on the pitch if you don’t bring your A-game.

L2, meanwhile, travel to Romsey for their pre-Christmas match that was iced off.  They will be looking to make amends for the 2-4 defeat in pre-season friendlies -although L2 played Romsey 2 in September rather than the Romsey 3 whom they face in the league on Saturday, so they will expecting much of themselves.

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

W3  D0  L1

GF: 24    GA: 10

So we’re back to normal with the Juniors outperforming the Seniors again.  This time they managed a 75% win rate.

Both young ladies sides won (of course) but U14b were disappointed to be overcome.  Young Harts of the Week, though, are the boys first U12 team whose win over second placed Trojans, albeit in a friendly, was overwhelming to say the least.

U14g defeated Southampton 5-1 away.  There were two goals for Amy Cradden and one for Imogen Scutter, Lucy Rutherford and Rosie Kelly.  The win sees them move up the table but I’ve given up trying to work out the table arrangements -particularly since the league position is different between the HHA website and the small screen version.  Realistically they are eighth but with performances like this that won’t be for long.

U16g put on a sterling performance with a 3-2 win over Trojans who were ahead of them in the table.  All three goals were scored by Mollly Kelly.  The win moves them up to 4th place.

U14b had a tougher time of it with a 2-7 defeat to invincible leaders, Camberley & Farnborough.  Angus Watson and Ryan Bennett scored the goals.  They slip a place to third as a result.

U12b1 made light of an away friendly against Trojans who are second in Division 1.  In the end they won 14-0.  Arthur Gent-Eggett claimed five with Charley Ivey and Jack Hobkirk both scoring mere hat-tricks.  Alex Thompson and William Caine were also in on the action whilst the biggest cheer was for Ralf Coleman’s goal.  Jed McEvoy claimed his fourth clean sheet of the season.

Jack has had his lead trimmed, but only as far as seven goals so Arthur needs to keep up the pressure.  Amy moves clear in third place with Alex close behind whilst Charley climbs four places to fifth.

The full Junior goalscorers’ table is on the ‘Season Report page.

 

MINIS

FEHC hosted the Minis festival this weekend and a very successful event it was too.  They scored 38 goals with 18 in reply and won half of their games overall.

Top scorers on the day were Archie Rutherford (6), James Viney & Zeke Atkins (5), Arlo Baker and Ocar Purcigo (4).

It was a crisp morning but there were plentiful sales of tea and cakes as well as the barbecue all of which made a healthy contribution to the club.

 

 

CLUB GOALS

GF average was 1.9 for the second week running.  This isn’t enormous but it does serve a purpose as we have now caught up with the total for 2014-15.  Another seven next weekend will move us ahead whilst another eleven will put us level with second place.  It’s probably best that we don’t look too closely at the exponential curve that is 2016-17 which starts to go nuts from week 21.

GA has slipped just over 2.0 for the first time in five weeks which means Goal Difference has slipped back three this weekend.

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

 

 

FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Nodding off or planning a managerial masterstroke?

The Kellys and Craddens have finally cracked this table by figuring out you need to score in both seniors and juniors to really get moving.  But it’s the Kellys who are the biggest winners as Rosie added to Molly’s four at both levels to catapult the family up two places to second in this hotly contested league.  This in spite of Amy’s senior and two junior goals seeing them catch the Bennetts on 18.  Ryan ensured the Bennetts didn’t drop a place adding another goal to the family total.

Imogen pushed the Scutters above the Garveys with her goal whilst Lucy’s goal moved the Rutherfords ahead of the Vineys.

 

 

WINS

Four wins from seven means that my expectations have, quite unreasonably, been increased even further.  This puts us on 45 for the season and increases the win percentage by one to 39%. 

We are also only two behind the top year.  With two games to play next… well I’ll leave you to figure out the maths.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

Another fine save

Lauren makes it three Clean Sheets in as many weekends for L2.  A hat-trick, you might say.

And this week we see a new entrant winning a clean sheet on her debut as Paddy McQuillan helped her side to three points.

A great diving save – I understand she has GK aspirations

The GA average for the week rose to 2.0 but is still lower than the season average of 2.5.  We need to concede three goals or fewer to pull this down.

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

 

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

No hat-tricks.  Again.  But the defence have come to the rescue once again with their two clean sheets.

Lauren helped L2 reach eight for the season whilst Paddy saw L3 overtake M1 as they are now on five.

 

 

SCOTT CUP

It was ladies day in the Scott Cup, too -unsurprisingly.  L2 and L1 did their averages no harm with their wins whilst L3 have now moved up to fourth place.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

The only disappointment with sharing the thirteen goals between ten players is that there were no hat-tricks.  Except Molly’s.  Oh, and Arthur’s, Jack’s and Charley’s.  Not to mention Archie’s two and Arlo’s.

Why can’t you do what the Young Harts do?  Actually – scrap that.  Let’s get the Juniors playing for the Senior sides then they can do all the running and scoring for us.  That’ll work.

Oh, we already do.

 

I sense that Josh has been biding his time and sneaking up on Ellen’s total whilst she scores a mere one.  The deficit is now exactly one hat-trick to put them absolutely level.  But I’m not sure Ms K will let him get away with that one so easily.

Elsewhere, Becky climbed four places to third and Velvet moves on to double figures.

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

 

 

AND FINALLY…

 

Well I spent a lot of time learning from the youngsters this weekend.  Most of it by virtue of the fact that some of the little sponges listen at training and put it into action on the pitch.

My favourite photo of the day (right) was of C&F’s U10s where the girl ran into space, called and waved.  The boy on the sideline hit looked up before playing and then passed straight to her.  Beautifully simple and devastatingly effective.

After the Minis I joined the sizeable U16g fan club to follow their well won victory.  And I have to say that the girls vocals were better than many of the senior sides I have seen.  As before, simple but hugely effective.

Not all grips are the same…

As I say, you can learn a lot from watching the Young Harts in action.  You’ll also learn not to tackle your team-mate, not to wear a hat over your eyes when playing (note to self..), to tie your hair up if you want to see and to PUT YOUR BLINKING GUMSHIELD IN YOUR MOUTH.  But it is great to see so much evidence of training on the pitch at all levels.

And it is good to see the teams learn to cheer their opponents at the end of the game.  Some of the juniors select their opponents’ player of the match too.

 

 

 

But the final word must go to everyone helping out and make the Minis Tournament a very successful event that was enjoyed by hosts and visitors alike.

Did I say it was cold..?

Service with a smile

 

 

Man tent

A happy umpire -must be the hat

 

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Weather Forecast

Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 02/21 20%
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Considerable cloudiness. Low 0C.
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Tomorrow 02/22 10%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 6C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
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Friday 02/23 10%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 5C. Winds E at 15 to 30 km/h.