Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 6 Canterbury 1

Anchs welcomed Canterbury on Saturday hoping to build on last weeks win over Crowborough. A great team talk and warm up saw Anchs play some fantastic hockey in the first half. Excellent play saw Anchs go three nil up by half time following excellent goals from Dan Mutton x2 and Callum Harris. An excellent double save from Anchs keeper Darren Richardson kept Canterbury out just before half time. It was more of the same in the second half with Anchs midfield of Rob Dixon, Chris Lack, Jake Stevens, Chris Risby and Jon Stiff dominant. Excellent defending from Gary Jackson, Gareth Price and Rich Perkins restricted Canterbury’s chances. Anchs soon blew away their opponents and were six up following superb goals from Mati Puche, Dan Mutton and Callum Harris. Canterbury managed to grab a late consolation but overall an excellent win! Brighton are up next on Saturday at 1.30 at home. All support is welcome.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 3 Crowborough 1

Anchs made another trip to sussex to face high flying Crowborough. Captain, Gareth Price, made it clear that Anchs needed a win in his team talk. Anchs didn’t disappoint and excellent forward play by Callum Harris, Dan Mutton and Mati Puche led to a penalty corner from which Chris Risby squeezed home. The score remained the same until half time. Despite starting the second half with ten men it was Anchs who scored again following an excellent team move which saw Mati Puche slot home. Anchs continued to press and soon it was three nil with Dan Mutton slotting home following excellent midfield work by Jake Stevens, Chris Lacky and Jon Stiff. For the last 20 minutes the home side dominated and did score from a penalty corner but good goalkeeping from Darren Richardson and excellent defending by Glen Rawson, Rob Dixon and Rich Perkins kept them at bay to earn Anchs a vital three points!

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 2 Old Williamsonians 2

Anchs welcomed high flying local rivals old willies on Saturday. Thankfully the pitch cleared of water so the game could go ahead. Both sides made a good start to the game with Chris Lack dominating the middle for Anchs. John Stiff then forced a decent save from the opposition keeper from a penalty corner. From their first penalty corner, Old Willies took the lead with Gary Jackson unlucky not to make a great stop on the line. This brought Anchs back to life and soon they were deservedly level following a good finish from Mati Puche. 1-1 at half time.

Anchs made the better start to the second half and were soon 2-1 up with Callum Harris slotting home after a great team move. A great drag flick from John Stiff was stopped on the line with a 16 given and then Chris Risby smashed against the post. Despite some decent saves and clearances from keeper Darren Richardson and good defending from Glen Rawson, Dan Mutton and Jake Stevens from penalty corners, an overload saw Old Willies equalise towards the end. Next week Anchs travel to Crowborough.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 1 Eastbourne 1

Anchs made the long journey to Eastbourne and came away with a well deserved point that should probably have been three. Despite the heavy rain and wind, a good team talk and warm up saw Anchs dominate the first half. Excellent work by Jon Stiff from a penalty corner saw Anchs deservedly go into half time one up. The second half was a much more even affair and both sides had several chances. Jake Stevens missed a sitter at the back post and Dan Mutton forced a great stick save from the home keeper. Eastbourne were most dangerous from penalty corners as proven by their equaliser; despite a good initial save from Darren Richardson their forward managed to smash home the rebound. Man of the match went to Chris Lack who had a superb game at right back! Next week is a local derby versus Old Willies at 1.30pm at Anchs. All support would be very welcome.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 5 Worthing 6

A long trip saw Anchs return pointless following an epic away match at Worthing. Anchs made a good start and went one up. Soon however they were two one down and by half time it was 3-2 to Worthing. The second half saw Anchs make a poor start and soon they were 5-2 down. However Anchs fought back to 5-4 but Worthing converted a penalty corner to make it 6-4. Anchs however did the same and made it 6-5. Anchs had the opportunity to snatch an equaliser from a last minute penalty corner but were unable to score. Anchs scorers were Jon Stiff (2), Chris Lack (2) and Dan Mutton. Next week sees Sutton Valence come to Anchs at 1.30. All support would be welcome.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 2 Horsham 2

Anchs welcomed Horsham on Saturday. Having achieved zero points against the same opposition last season, Anchs knew it would be a tough game. The first half was, in all honesty, awful. Anchs missed too many tackles and gave the ball away far too much and despite some good saves from Darren Richardson found themselves two goals down. Their cause was not helped by a yellow card to Jon Stiff either. A frank team talk saw Anchs up their performance and soon it was 2-2 following a good team move that saw Dan Mutton slot home and a well worked short corner which saw Anchs draw level. The rest of the game was pretty even and overall a draw was probably a fair result. Anchs visit top of the table Worthing next week.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 3 Holcombe 2

Boom!!

Anchs welcomed rivals Holcombe for a tightly contested derby. Both teams were at full strength so it was always going to be a highly competitive game. An excellent warm up and team talk showed that Anchs were keen to get three points. The game started very evenly. A great run from Callum Harris saw him slot the ball across the goal for Mati Puche to slam home and give Anchs the lead. At this point Holcs pressed Anchs and were soon rewarded with a smart finish to pull things level. The score probably should have been 2-2 by half time apart from two excellent glove saves by the young Holcs keeper at one end and home keeper Darren Richardson at the other. The second half saw Holcs make the better start and another good glove save kept Anchs level. Great defending from Rob Dixon, Gary Jackson, Rich Perkins and Gareth Price also kept Holcs out. At the other end Anchs took control with two clinical short corner finishes, a deflection from Chris Lack and a rocket from Jon Stiff. In fairness Holcs never gave up and grabbed a second towards the end. A great win for Anchs that shows when at full strength that we can compete with the very best sides in the league. A massive thank you for the support also. Next up is Horsham at home.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 0 Kings Alleyns 1st XI 2

Anchs traveled to London to play kings who had been relegated from the league above last season. Unfortunately due to unavailability for a number of reasons Anchs only had the bare 11 players. Despite this a good team talk and warm up saw Anchs make a good start to the game and for the opening 25 minutes it remained even. Tiredness however set in and by half time Anchs were 2 down following two good finishes from the opposition. During this period Anchs manage to score, but this was ruled out by the umpires. The second half saw Anchs battle well despite three injuries. A couple of good saves by keeper Darren Richardson and good defending from Gary Jackson, Richard Perkins and Gareth Price ensured the score remained the same. A top effort from everyone but Anchs will hope to be back to full strength next week for their derby versus Holcombe.

Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 6 Cliftonville 1st XI 3

Anchs third friendly saw old rivals Cliftonville come to town for a goal fest of hockey. An excellent warm up saw Anchs take control and they soon were one up following a good team goal converted by Callum Harris. Slack marking at the back post saw the opposition pull level. However by half time Anchs were three one up following a goal from Dan Mutton and a good finish from Chris Risby. Anchs absolutely dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and were soon six one up following some ruthless finishing which included a back board breaker from Risby. At this stage knowing the game was won Anchs switched off and allowed Cliftonville two late goals. Overall a good win.

Old Bordenians 1st XI 5 Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI 0

Anchs travelled to old bordenians for their second friendly of their pre season. Anchs were always going to be up against it playing a side from the league above and with five regulars missing and only 11 men. Fair play to those who stepped up and namely Sam Hall who made his debut up front. Anchs started on the back foot simply showing the opposition too much respect and within 12 mins were 2 nil down. Once they rallied they gave as good as they got and the score remained the sane until half time. Once again Anchs made a slow start to the second half and were three down but again rallied and held the opposition at bay. Chris Lack was unlucky to have a goal ruled out. In 20 plus degrees with only 11 men Anchs ran out of steam and old bordenians scored two late goals. A great team effort from all.