Maidstone called in the later half of the week and cancelled this fixture, meaning Anchs took an automatic 5-0 win. This makes up for the game the 5s pulled last week. Thus meaning Anchs still sit comftably in 2nd place, only 1 point behind leaders Blackheath.
The league has never been so even and tight for the Mens 5th XI
Mens 5th XI succombed to only their second defeat of the season in this top of the league battle.
The loss mean anchs slipped to second in the league but only by 1 point, and no doubt the team will bounce back and recover the lead in the league they had.
In this evenly fought match, a share of the points summed up the entire game perfectly. Both teams just needed the other to make a single mistake for them to capitalise on, but alas neither had the break they needed to take all 3 points home.
However the point that was picked up, has given the 5 s a two-point lead at the top of the league – can they hold onto it when they face 2nd place Blackheath next week?
In this re-arranged fixture, Anchs recorded a 5-3 victory over local rivals Holcombe, to take themselves to the top of the table by 1 point.
The super form of Mark Hamer saw him bag 4 of the 5 goals, and assisted with the 5th, scored by Joel Divers.
Lets keep it going guys
A 5-3 victory, made captain Neil’s first visit to his former club a dream trip.
Joel Divers’ second goal of the campaign help contribute to Anchs gaining a vital 3 poionts to take them only 2 points behind league leaders Blackheath.
Keep this form up and surely Anchs will reach the top spot!
Gillingham Anchorians V 0
New Beccehiams 4 1
Anchorians didnt get their league campaign off to the perfect start they were hoping for, by missing out on their share of the points in this incredibly even, fiercly contested match.
For most of the game, the ball was going back and forth with each side testing the others defensive and attacking skills. both teams had an even amount of time in their attacking 25yrds, continuingly battering against the defense and the goalkeepers did well to thwart so many chances.
A man of the match performance from Terry Hanson in goal, saw him diving, sliding and jumping all around the D, to continously deny the opposition so many chances they had created. Supported by a back line of Nigel Macdonald, Luke Montgomery, Jerry Montgomery and Neil Dixon, New Beccs had their work cut out getting past, and so many oppertunities were cut down in their prime. Attacking duo Mark Hamer and leading goalscorer Sean Harris, kept their defense busy, and at times had them running in circles. Midfield youngsters Joel Divers, Christian Nasillo and Luc DeBont were contiously full of energy and their trickery were a great support to the attckers and the defenders. They added valuable weight and options to the attacks going forward. Special mention to Andrew Ferguson, who stepped up from defense to midfield and proved that he should be back in the middle of the pitch. He made some excellent runs and was doing some fantastic 1-2 passing, that just blew past New Beccs.
Despite the game being so even, New Beccs were lucky that in the last quarter of the game they managed to flick a ball over the keeper and past the defender on the line to get the full points. However with a short corner being given on the final whistle, and the whole New Beccs team coming up for it, excellent run outs from Nigel MacDonald and Neil Dixon managed to keep the deficit down to one goal.
Keep this up, and Anchorians could be on the way to their best league position for a few years.
Gillingham Anchorians V XI 1
New Beccehamians 4s 4
Despite the scoreline Anchs first game of the season shows there is more to come as the side introduces the clubs future stars. New kids on the block Jordon, Joel, Luc and Christian all held their own and showed everyone there is more to come. Making his debut in goal for club, scott made some fine saves to keep Anchs in the game. At the same time his brother Luke, making his club debut showed he deserves his spot in the back line with new kid Jordon, and the more experienced Andrew and team captain Neil being kept busy at times and helping Scott in closing down attacks. Some excellent attacking and defensive runs in the midfield from new kids Joel, Luc and Christian will ultimately lead to more goals as the season progresses. Also anchoring the midfield was seasoned player Bruce, who showed you cant beat experience, and the welcomed return of Sean who has recovered from a shoulder injury suffered last season to score the only Anchs goal with a fantastic strike that saw the game go to 1-1 in the first half. Father and son strikers Mark and Alex kept New Beccs defence busy all game with some searching runs and some fine passing, and with Terry helping out up front too, it was should have been a recipe for more goals that sadly didn’t arrive for Anchs.
New Beccs took the Lead, then Anchs equalised, and the game looked very even and either side end up with all the points. A few minutes before the break New Beccs managed to go 1 in front. After the restart the game looked like it was anyones for the taking with some good shooting and some fine defending at both ends. Sadly though in the last 10-15mins as the Anchs legs seemed to get tired and weary, New Beccs legs seemed to grow faster and hungrier, and 2 more balls ended in the net, to take the visitors score up to 4.
All in all the future looks bright for the youngsters coming into the Anchs side, balanced with the senior players, this could be the year Anchorians V XI have the best league position for quite some time.