Anchs welcomed a good mid Sussex side on Saturday and were disappointed to only gain a point from the game knowing that a win was needed to help ensure survival in the regional leagues. Anchs completely dominated the first half and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke when the defender illegally stopped Mati Puche’s low drag flick with his leg on the line. However the same player did give Anchs the lead following an excellent solo run and finish. The second half was more even. Slack marking allowed Mid Sussex to pull one back and Anchs were unable to convert any penalty corners but did defend some very well at the other end. In the last minute Elliott Harris almost snatched a win for Anchs but sadly it wasn’t to be.
Anchs final game of the season saw them travel to Sutton Valence for a rearranged fixture. A fantastic start saw Harry McDonald open the scoring for Anchs with a rocket of a penalty corner. However by half time poor give aways in midfield saw Anchs more or less hand the opposition two goals despite the best efforts of Anchs keeper Darren Richardson. The second half was even for the opening 20 minutes. However another turn over in midfield saw the unmarked Sutton Valence forward slot home. At this point Anchs chased the game and were undone by two late goals.
A bad day at the office. However it started brightly with Callum Harris and Dan Mutton working well together to allow the latter to give Anchs the lead after one minute. Unfortunately Callum Harris picked up an injury in setting up the goal. Anchs were then hampered further when skipper Gareth Price also had to go off injured. This upset Anchs shape and by half time it was 3-1 to Canterbury. The second saw Anchs pick up more injuries and they were over run by a very fit Canterbury side. OJ Standen did get a consolation goal at the end with a good reserve stick strike. Anchs will be keen to return to form when mid Sussex visit this coming Saturday.
Anchs welcomed local rivals Old Willies on Saturday. Despite missing skipper Gareth Price through injury Anchs worked very hard to secure all three points. An excellent team talk and warm up set Anchs up well for what was to prove to be a hard fought game. Although the opposition had most of the ball in the first half they only forced one good save from Darren Richardson. A great break away saw Anchs take the lead with Callum Harris’ shot deflecting over the stranded opposition goalkeeper. A rallying half time team talk from stand in skipper Chris Lack asked for more of the same from Anchs. The second half was similar to the first with Anchs defending well and proving difficult to break down. Another good finish from Callum Harris put Anchs two up and with the last play of the game Mati Puche converted a penalty corner. An excellent three points for Anchs which continues their winning run and moves them further up the table.
Anchs travelled to London to play high flying Kings, looking for revenge following a 6-1 defeat earlier in the season as well as looking to continue their good form. An excellent team talk and warm up set Anchs up well and the game started evenly. An amazing through ball from Ali Jenner put Callum Harris through one on one with the keeper who he nutmegged to put Anchs one up. The score remained the same until half time due to hard work and excellent organisation from Anchs. The second half started evenly. Again another excellent ball from Ali Jenner put Chris Risby through on goal and he made no mistake with a reverse stick strike. Kings came more and more into the game and pulled one back from a penalty corner. However decent goalkeeping and defending kept Kings out to secure an excellent three points for Anchs.
After last weeks win Anchs were keen to get out of the relegation zone by beating Horsham for a second time this season. The team talk focused on doing the exact same as last week. Anchs played well in the first 20 mins and deservedly took the lead with a great team move being finished off by Mike Lindley at the back post. At the end of the first half Horsham came back into the game and pulled level from a penalty stroke. The second half was even but the real difference was that Anchs were more clinical in their finishing. A good finish from Dan Mutton put Anchs in the lead and then Gareth Price converted from a penalty corner. Horsham then pulled one back from a penalty corner but almost instantly it was 4-2 with Mike Lindley again slotting home. Horsham did have two penalty corners to try and salvage something from the game but smart saves from Darren Richardson kept them out. Another valuable three points for Anchs.
A vital 3 points that keeps Anchs season alive. Anchs travelled to Crowborough with only 12 men and came away with 3 well deserved points. A good team talk and warm up saw Anchs made a positive start to the game. Callum Harris put Anchs one up with a reserve stick strike from the top of the D. Crowborough came back into the game and only great defending from Gareth Price and Ali Jenner kept Anchs one up. Great team work then saw the ball land with Chris Risby who hit a rocket into the bottom corner to give Anchs a two goal lead at half time. In all honesty the second half was all Crowborough. Crowborough were given a glimmer of hope when they pulled one back at the start of the second half but a fantastic counter attack move saw the opposition keeper take out Mati Puche who slotted home the resulting penalty stroke to make it 3-1. Despite late pressure and numerous short corners, a combination of excellent saves from Darren Richardson and brave running from Chris Risby and Chris Lack kept the opposition out. Overall a superb team effort!
Anchs poor form and season continued with an empathic home defeat to South Saxons. A superb team talk and warm up set Anchs up well and despite the opposition having a lot of the ball Anchs defended well. However a poor give away and inept marking saw South Saxons take the lead. However this seemed to galvanise Anchs who soon levelled with Gareth Price slotting home from a penalty corner. However with two minutes Anchs were 2-1 down and by half time it was 3-1. Anchs started the second half well and Chris Lack was unfortunate to have a goal ruled out. Again Anchs were punished for giving the ball away, not tracking back and slack marking allowing the opposition to score twice more. A very frustrating day indeed!
Dissapointing is an understatement. This was a must win for Anchs against the bottom of the league side but in all honesty Anchs got what they deserved due to a poor game performance. The first half saw Anchs lose the midfield battle and awful give always saw Anchs go a goal down. However when Anchs woke up and actually played hockey for 5 minutes they equalised through Chris Risby. A superb double save from keeper Darren Richardson kept Anchs in it but just before half time poor marking saw New Beccs take a 2-1 lead. The second half was pretty even. Captain Gareth Price received a harsh green card and New Beccs scored from the resulting penalty corner. However Mati Puche pulled one back with from a penalty corner. With two minutes to go Anchs went for broke and played with a kicking back but New Beccs slotted home a 4th to seal the win. The only real positive of the day were the teas after. Much work is needed if Anchs are to stay in the league.
Anchs welcomed BBHC on Saturday for what turned out to be a highly competitive game. An excellent team talk and decent warm up set Anchs up well. Anchs controlled the opening 20 minutes of the game without truly troubling the opposition goalkeeper although Callum Harris narrowly missed at the back post and Mati Puche was starting to find his range from penalty corners. However somehow due to a lack of marking Anchs found themselves two down at half time. The second half was mainly all Anchs apart from the opening minute when a give away forced a decent save from keeper Darren Richardson. Jake Stevens was controlling the middle and soon excellent team work saw Callum Harris pull one back. In the final few minutes Anchs reverted to a kicking back and went all out attack in the hope of an equaliser and with the last play of the game Mati Puche delivered from a penalty corner.