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The Weekender – w24 – 3 Mar 2018

 

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W1  D0  L0  PP6

GF: 4    GA: 1

 

Drifting

 

Desperate though I am to discuss the weather, I think that story has run long enough now.  But hockey in Hampshire was cancelled entirely on Saturday so there wasn’t a single game to discuss or review let alone.. hang on – I think I might have found something.

It transpires that there was a senior game over the weekend as our Ladies’ first XI were entertaining Petersfield in the Hampshire Trophy Quarter Finals on Sunday.  Well that’s a sure fire way to earn the illustrious title of Team of the Week -make sure everyone else’s game is cancelled.

Of course it was Petersfield who denied L1 a final place last year as they convincingly beat Fleet & Ewshot’s finest 4-0 in the Semi-Final.  This might have put a lesser team on the back foot, but it didn’t faze L1 who set about putting their visitors to the sword.

The game finished 4-1 in L1’s favour and sees them into the Semi-Finals for the second season running.  The goals were shared between Molly Kelly, Ruth Sealey, Ellen Knighton and Jodie Bennett.  With or without competition, they are deservedly Team of the Week.

As for the rest, well you will have to add another week to the diary – see the Fixtures page for up to date information on rearranged games.

 

With regard to next week’s fixtures, this is the big one for M1.

The result of this week’s game could well decide the title – even if there are still a number of games to be played.  M1 have the opportunity to catch the leaders on points this week -though they need a 16-0 win to catch up on goal difference. 

A win will put them (almost certainly) two points behind the leaders (ie. Havant) with two games in hand.  A draw would leave them four points adrift, although that would not be the end of their championship hopes.  Defeat would leave the title in the hands of their opponents and also mean they will need to equal the performance of Havant just to win promotion.

Elsewhere L1 also are away to the leaders whom they beat in December whilst L2 continue their title campaign at home.  L3 are off to University to avenge their earlier home defeat.

M2 host a third placed side who are less good on the road whereas M3 have a difficult late game against the second side, though M3 won the reverse fixture.  M4 have a tricky friendly against the leaders of Div 9 South.

M2 also make their debut in the cup on Sunday with a trip to Gillingham who lie just over a division above.

Prospects for the season are, predictably, the same as last week -see the foot of The Weekender w23 for details.

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

W2  D0  L0

GF: 14    GA: 4

Trophies aside, it was U14 day on Sunday as the much washed pitch cleared in time for the games to go ahead.

U14b have been quietly getting on with a quite awesome season.  They are Young Harts of the Week for their 8-0 demolition of Basingstoke.  A four-goal hat-trick by Angus Watson and goals from Jack Hobkirk, Toby Hulse, Lukas Kenning and Chris Povey secured the win.  This was added to by their first clean sheet of the season courtesy of Jacob Whiting.  They remain third but are now only two points off the leaders.

U14g also won with plenty of goals, albeit by a narrower margin.  Their game finished 6-4 with Amy Cradden (twice), Imogen Scutter, Lucy Rutherford, Lily Pearce and Clara Lewis on the scoresheet.  They move up to fifth as a result.

 

Two hundred and forty-one goals scored by 52 players isn’t to be sniffed at.  This includes 22 hat-tricks.  Angus was, of course, the top mover this week.

Jacob Whiting is the keeper on the move this week -bringing to four the number of junior keepers with clean sheets.

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

 

 

CLUB GOALS

Only four but we’re banking those games in hand.

L2 were top of the team goal chart, briefly, but have been pipped by L1 having a cup run.

M1 are only six goals further behind.

This remains the highest five-week average number of goals scored for this time of the season.  Usually this peaks around mid-season then fades towards the end but there’s still plenty of opportunity for this to continue -including rescheduled games and cup runs.

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

 

 

HAPPY FAMILIES

The top four all scored this week, thanks to Jack, Jodie, Amy (2) and Molly respectively.

Imogen adds one to the Suctters’ total allowing them to catch the Ableys.

But this week’s big movers are the Kennings who, thanks to Lukas (with a little help from Frida) have gone straight in to seventh spot.

 

 

WINS

Whilst this was arguably our first 100% win weekend, you would normally expect there to be more than one senior game played to achieve it.

Still beggars can’t be choosers and I should probably be grateful for the 100%.  It also adds another game (at least) to the fixture list which can only help matters.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

This is extraordinarily exciting.  Oh, no, wait a minute.  It really isn’t.

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

 

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

Only the juniors this week.  Although you might forgive the Seniors this time.  Just the once.

 

 

SCOTT CUP

L1 take full advantage to move on to a win rate of exactly 50%.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

Well this was always going to be a little quiet wasn’t it?

Having said that, a GF average of 4.0 does no harm to the stats in the long run.

 

And consequently even less change here.

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

 

 

AND FINALLY…

 

Has it stopped snowing yet?

The drifts on our lane are still there but at least the pitches are clear.  And it isn’t zero degrees either, which is a bonus if you want to have any chance of holding on to your stick.

Lets hope for a little more action next week.

 

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