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The Weekender – w04 – 6 Oct 2018

 

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W5  D0  L3

GF: 24    GA: 18

 

The Fog doesn’t misst

 

This was a close week with the 1s accumulating a score of 7-6, the 2s on 7-3, the 3s scraping a 2-1 and the 4s high-scoring with a cumulative 8-all.

Of course it is the individual scores that count and in this regard it was the ladies who ran the show with a perfect four wins from four.

And so it is without further procrastination (for once) that the indisputable Team of the Week is L4 for their bouncebackability in dishing out an even bigger drubbing than they suffered last week.  Hat-trick.  Clean Sheet.  That, in no uncertain terms, is how you do it.

L4 pounced on a poor, unsuspecting Hamble at home with a 7-0 decimation.  Carol Fogarty led the scoring with four whilst Imogen Scutter, Lynsey Sharp and Katie Garratt claimed one each.  In goal, Helen Benson bagged the clean sheet.  They move up four places to fourth.

L1 compounded last week’s good work with a home win over Portsmouth & Southsea.  A Jodie Bennett hat-trick added to by goals from Frida Kenning and Lucy Dale-Heaps saw them to a 5-3 victory.  They improve a place to fifth.

L2 took the ferry to the Ilse of Wight and returned with all three points.  Sienna Boyce, Ella Godwin and Bernice Gunn each scored in a 3-1 win.  They remain level on points and GD with Basingstoke who also have a perfect record but lead due to having scored one goal more.

L3 earned the most valuable of clean sheets in that Helen Howell’s solitary goal was therefore enough to defeat Winchester away.  L3 are the only side with two wins so far and this sees them leapfrog their opposition on the day to top spot in the table.

M2 were the only male side to record a victory which they did at home to Gosport.  The result was 4-2 thanks to two goals from Ben Wright and one each for Simon Islip and Tom Child.  The win sees them fall a place to third, such are the vagaries of league mathematics.

M3 grabbed a draw from the jaws of victory away to Havant, conceding an equaliser to James Dale’s goal to make it 1-1.  They slip a place to eighth.

M1 were narrowly defeated away to Andover in an early slip-up on their promotion trail.  Nathan Holifield and Stuart Hobkirk were on target but they finished 2-3 down.

M4 were overcome in the local derby as they succumbed 1-8 to Aldershot & Farnham.  At least they have found a new goalscorer by way of Oliver Baily Gibson to take away some of the pain.  They slip to ninth.

Next week we have a mixture of opportunities.  M4 have the hardest task with a trip to the early leaders whilst both the 1s as well as L2 face more lowly opposition so will be hoping to add to what they have started.

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

W2  D0  L1

GF: 9    GA: 6

It was U14s day this weekend with all three sides out in force.  U14g managed a hearty home win but Young Harts of the Week narrowly goes to U14b2 who defeated Yateley away.

 

 

 

U14g put five past Alton’s second side with Sienna Boyce claiming two, and Eleanor Hemsby, Katie Balsom and Maddie Saunders also finding the net.  It finished 5-1 to see them early leaders of the division with a perfect two from two.

U14b2 managed a 3-1 win at Yateley with Arthur Gent Eggett getting two and one from Charlie Drummond.  Their opening win puts them third in the division.

U14b1 travelled to Trojans and finished 1-4 down at the whistle.  Alex Thompson scored the consolation.  They are now seventh but will be harbouring loftier ambitions.

Charlie built on last week’s hat-trick – still the only one in the juniors – but is being pressed by Katie and others.

 

CLUB GOALS

 

Could this be it? Could this be the quadrimetamical season? (not to be confused with quadricentennial, of course, that would be previous even by my standards)

I know what you’re thinking: He’s blathering again.  But bear with me.  The club record stands at 388 goals for the season.  Right, so now you know where this is going. 

We were only twelve short of four hundred in 2013-14 and this year we have not one but TWO additional sides compared to that season.  And the most recent addition has just scored seven goals in one game.  Reasons for optimism I would dare to suggest.

So how are we doing so far?  Well in four weeks we have scored no fewer than 64 goals at an average of 2.5 a game.  This is only 0.2 off the highest average and with the extra teams bodes very well for the overall total.

My charting elf is still away.  He says he injured himself wakeboarding but I think he’s met an elfette and won’t come home.  Either way, graphs will follow.  At some point.

 

 

EN FAMILLE

Another seven goals from our family friends, although there are still only four families up there.

The Boyces move up a place with Sienna’s three goals at both Junior and Senior level, whilst the Bennetts add Jodie’s hat-trick to move level with the Metcalfes.  Imogen also added one to the Scutter cause.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

October has started much as September finished with two clean sheets and a GA average of just over two.  My hope is that we go on to build a little more of the same (CS that is) which should in turn help to push down the GA average. 

 The season’s GK table will appear on the ‘Season Report page soon.

 

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

And so we have both this week.  Not only that but we had two of each.

Carol Fogarty and Jodie Bennett added a hat-trick to L1 and L4 respectively to move the Attack onto a total of three.

Meanwhile Sarah Petersen doubled her tally of Clean Sheets and Helen Benson also got in on the act in L4’s perfect weekend to ensure the Defence were 4-3 ahead of the Attack.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

Carol is ‘Queen of the Jungle’ (sorry, couldn’t resist) so far for October but Jodie is only a goal behind.  And it is only the first week of four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full season’s table will soon be available on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

AND FINALLY…

Well it was a close run thing. 

Not just in getting this week’s Weekender this side of Christmas (or even before Saturday), but also in getting M1’s score on the board.

They are now on a green card which means that another week without a reasonable match report (and, no, giving the score and claiming your goal doesn’t count…) means that the scorers’ goals will not count towards their individual totals.  If you fail to score then the team will be given an 0-8 defeat or worse, so don’t assume we don’t want to hear what went on.  Whatever it was.

Enough bellyaching.  There is just enough time to add a Nicki Johnston award which goes to Titch for timekeeping.  Finding yourself ‘on the way’ five minutes after PB is just a tad tardy…

 

 

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