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Men's 2s 1 - 2 Spencer 1s (A)

2nd October 2023

By Scott Jones

Scorer: Josh Redstone (FG)

Whilst I wasn’t DOD this week, a match report must be done, and as the only non-student/currently unemployed member of the team, I feel some more published articles by myself may boost my CV.

The M2s travelled away again (thanks to EH scheduling), this time to Spencer in game week two. A couple of injuries and missing members meant a few personnel changes from the previous week, which gave opportunities to Charlie Harrison and Connor Tinker to make their EHL Conference debuts.

The first half allowed for limited creative writing, however I will try to make it sound as interesting as possible. We defended, a lot. We struggled to connect with our passes, and we gave away a few PC's but managed to save them (well done Dewi and the defence). Half time was reached at 0-0, and we felt as though we were growing into the game.

The second half started off brilliantly for us, a clinical reverse finish from Redders from the top of the D (no back stick) saw the Men’s 2s take the lead against the run of play. Spencer replied with an onslaught of PC's, and finally the defence was breached with a deflection - good flick, fair play. Having not learnt from our previous mistakes, we continued to give away PCs, and with the pressure caving, Spencer took the lead with a neat routine and deflection.

With the score now 2-1 in favour of Spencer, the 2s pushed forward to try and find an equaliser, but to no avail. Scotty Evans looked determined to change the game, literally grabbing it by the balls, receiving a green card for this action on the Spencer player. If marriage and kids mean that a man must seek these pleasures in the middle of a field on a sticky pitch against Spencer, then count me out. The six U18s in the side all acquitted themselves well, which shows potential for what will be a tough season ahead in a strong conference league. Special mention to Sam Corney, who had been ill all week and still managed to play the whole game at CB.

We look forward to our first home game of the season (either pre-season or league) in what is traditionally a 'feisty' game against Hampstead and Westminster 2s and invite as many people as are free to support the club in an EHL double header alongside the Women’s 1s.

Goalscorer Josh Redstone in action vs Spencer (Image: Rob Harrison / @rjhsportsphotography)