Anchs 2nd XI 3 – BBHC 2

In the last home game of the seasons Anchs looked to make it another successful afternoon as they welcomed BBHC to Darland Avenue. Anchs started very well and dominated midfield early on with some slick play from the Anchsforward line creating a few half chances. Anchs managed to take the lead when a well worked shirt corner from Matti left Elliot Harris with a simple, but well taken finish to give them a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that CJ hit both posts with two good opportunities and was very unlucky not to convert. 2-0 was to be the score at half time and a nice passing move on the right from Brew and Glen allowed Elliot to slot home again while the goal keeper was on the floor.

The second half did not start as well, as BBHC pushed hard and created a few decent chances that were dealt with well by Ryan the Anchs goal keeper and from a man of the math performance from centre back Ian Rawson. However the tide did not stop and it was soon 2-1 to BBHC after making the initial save the ball was slotted into the net after a decent move from the away team. Anchs rallied after that and made it 3-1 with a turn and strike from the top of the D saw Glen convert to relieve some of the pressure. BBHC then converted from a well worked short corner with 20 mins to go but Anchsheld on and have cemented their place in the league once again.  

Folkestone Ops 1 – Anchs 2nd XI 5

It was to be a successful afternoon for the Men’s 2s, who had to travel down to a cold and windy Folkestone for Saturdays’ game. However, it was not a brilliant start as Anchs found themselves 1-0 down within the first 2 minutes as a defensive mix up between defenders and goalkeeper allowed Folkestone to tap home for close range after the ball came nicely off the post. 

However that was the last time Anchs were really tested and they equalised shortly after as Ben Selby rounded the goal keeper brilliantly to slot home. It was soon to be 2-1 as OJ ran from the half way line, with the Folkestone defence parting like the Red Sea to finish well. Anchs went into the break 4-1 up as both Gordy and Joel both finished well from slick moves from the whole of the Anchs team who never really gave Folkestone a chance.

Unfortunately the 2nd half didn’t go quite as smooth as Harry Banfield went over on his ankle and had to come off, shortly followed by Gordy receiving a straight yellow for a hearty challenge. However even with 9 men Anchs still went further ahead with a nice move on the right being finished off by CJ to put the game out of any doubt.  

Anchs Men’s 2s 3 – Old Willies 1

After last weeks win, the men’s 2nd XI were keen to build upon that and take another 3 points. Some last minute changes due to unavailability saw many of the side playing out of position. Despite this anchs started well with Ash arisby and Mike “Dot” Cotton controlling the midfield. The early domination soon paid and anchs found themselves a goal up through Joel Divers. A quick turn and wrong shot caught the keeper unaware. Anchs continued to cause problems and good work from both Gary Jackson and Joel Divers saw Joel again hit the target from a tight angle. Shortly after half time Old Willies were awarded a dubious short corner. This resulted in willies pegging one back. This spurred Anchs on and we hit back almost straight away with a class short corner from Dot Cotton. Plenty more chances came Anchs way but the score finished 3-1. Anchs defended particularly well this week with Richard Brewer and Iain Rawson setting the pace. Next week we take on Gore Court where we hope to continue our good run of form.

Men’s 2nd XI Match Report Sat 22nd Nov v Old Bordenians (A)

Anchs travelled to in form Old Bordenians knowing it would be a tough game and that is exactly what they got. Despite playing considerably better than previous weeks Anchs still ended up on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat.

Bordenians took the lead early in the first half from their first short corner. Ryan Aymes, in the Anchs goal, did well to save the first short but the rebound fell kindly for one of the OBs strikers and he made no mistake. Bordenians doubled their lead shortly afterwards as Anchs failed to close down a run from one of their midfielders, who took his opportunity expertly from the top of the D. Anchs had their best spell in the last 15 minutes of the first half and would have hoped to get on the scoreboard with their sustained period of pressure, but it was not to be as the OBs goalkeeper made a couple of very good saves and both Chris Risby and OJ Standeven put shots narrowly wide.

Anchs knew any chance of getting back into the game meant they need to score after the break but the game was settled shortly after the restart as OBs scored their third. Anchs continued to press and created further opportunities Chris Risby hitting the post and Richard Brewer drawing another good save from the home keeper. As Anchs pressed, this meant gaps presented themselves in the defence. A superb aerial from OBs caught Anchs out of position and left Ryan Aymes no chance as two attackers bore down on him for OBs 4th. The fifth came as a huge disappointment to Anchs as they had a couple of opportunities to clear but left OBs with a simple tap in at the near post. Whilst there is no doubt OBs deserved their victory Anchs will feel that 5-0 was a little unkind especially as the defence felt it had played extremely well, with Neil Byrne returning to the ranks and Iain Rawson putting on his best display of the season to date.

Men’s 2nd Xi away to Old Williamsonians 18th Oct

The men’s 2nd XI enjoyed an emphatic 5-2 victory away to local rivals Old Williamsonians on Saturday. Anchs started the brighter of the two teams moving the ball well around the pitch so it was really against the run of play the home side took the lead from it’s first penalty corner. A goal bound shot found a deflection and hit stand-in skipper, Richard Brewer’s foot on the line to give OWs a penalty flick, which was emphatically dispatched. Anchs equalised almost immediately as Ash Risby won the ball in midfield and almost unchallenged made his way to the top of the D before calmly slotting into the corner of the goal. OWs were soon back in the lead following a mix up in the Anchs defence. Thus followed OWs best period of the game. Despite a sequence of penalty corners OWs were not able to capitalise. Anchs were indebted to a fine double save from ‘keeper, Chris Billingham to ensure the lead remained a single goal. After this little wobble Anchs again began to take control and equalised, again through Ash Risby, shortly before the interval.

In the second period Anchs stepped up a gear with Risby and Rob Dixon bossing the midfield and debutant Matius Puche hitting a number of telling long range passes. Anchs took the lead midway through the second half as Gordon Thomson got a touch on a drive into the D. From then on Anchs really took charge as Ben Selby, Chris Risby and OJ Standeven continued to create chances for the visitors, with only occasional breaks from the home side. These were by and large snuffed out by the visitors defence with Mark O’Brien, in particular, making a number of timely interceptions. Anchs extended their lead from a penalty corner, this time the younger Risby brother, Chris, hitting the target. Chris Risby added his second shortly after, cracking the ball into the corner of the goal from the top of the D.

Anchs Men’s 2nd XI 1 – Canterbury Millers 4

A new look Anchorians second XI travelled down to last years league winners Canterbury. Despite winning the league Canterbury decided against promotion and therefore Anchs knew this would be their toughest test of the season.

Anchs started well and a slick counter attack saw Gordon Thompson win a penalty flick. This was calmly despatched by Glen Rawson putting Anchs one up. Anchs continued to press but unfortunately Canterbury were soon back in the game when their centre forward was given too much space and rounded the keeper! Canterbury continued to press and within minutes were 2-1 up due to slack defending. A sending off for Glen Rawson and injuries to Mike Lindley and Chris Verrall resulted in Canterbury scoring a further two goals and sealing the game 4-1.

Despite the loss there were positives and Anchs will look to put things right next week against Sevenoaks!

Anchorians 2nd XI 2 – Ashford 2

With a new team to start the season the men’s second XI were eager to start the season off well in their first friendly. Unfortunately the first half didn’t go according to plan. A distinct lack of hockey basics and poor structure saw Ashford capitalise and score two quick goals.
A strong half time team talk and some reshuffling saw Anchs come out for the second half much more determined and focused. With excellent work down the wing from Ben Selby, Anchs won a short corner. From the resulting short corner Gordon Thompson cooly slotted home past the advancing Ashford keeper. Anchs continued to push forward and were awarded another short corner. This time Iain Rawson stepped up and launched a powerful drag flick into the bottom corner.
Solid defending in the second half from Richard, LD, Sharps and Ryan saw that we didn’t concede any more goals and the game finished 2-2. Next week we will be travelling to Marden with the hope of carrying the second half performance into the game.

Men’s 2nd XI versus Folkestone 16/03/13 lost 1-2

The men’s 2nd XI travelled to Folkestone on Saturday and after a great run of results, suffered it’s first defeat since early January.

In cold wet conditions the first half was fairly evely contested, although Folkestone probably had the best scoring opportunities and came closet to a goal from a penalty corner. A drag flick from the top of the D was well saved by Anchs ‘keeper Karl Thomas. Anchs enjoyed a good spell of possession midway through the half and came closest to opening their account after a good work down the left flank by debutant Ian Price resulted in a penalty corner of their own. Brewer’s short was well saved in front of goal. Chris Risby playing up front linked up well with Owen Hamer on a number of occasions but the Folkestone defence always managed to clear the danger. Risby did have a one opportunity when straight through on the keeper but his shot was well saved. Folkestone had the best of the last 10 minutes of the half but couldn’t break the deadlock and 0-0 at half time reflected a fairly even contest.

In the second half with the wind at their backs Anchs created a few more opportunities. Two or three free hits were worked into the D but Anchs forwards couldn’t quite get the final touch that mattered. It was a little bit against the run of play that Folkestone took the lead midway through the second period. A couple of clumsy tackles outside the D rightly resulted in a penalty corner and this one was worked well by Folkestone to create the successful scoring opportunity.

The game developed into a very end to end affair as Anchs searched for the equaliser. Brewer went close but only succeeded in rattling the side board. However, it wasn’t long before Anchs were on equal terms. Price looked to have tacken the ball too far to the left to create a scoring chance, but his reverse stick shot flew into the net.

The final 10 minutes was very competitive as both sides sought the winner. Anchs had a great opportunity as Paul Gray laid the ball into Adam Williams’ path. Williams first time shot looked to be going in but the Folkestone ‘keeper just managed to get the toe of his kicker to the ball to keep the ball out.

Shortly after Anchs failed to deal with a bouncing ball into the D and the Folkestone centre forward managed to get the final tip onto the ball to guide it into the goal.

Men’s 2nd XI 3-0 versus BBHC Sat 16th February

The Men’s 2nd XI maintained it’s recent run of good form with another clean sheet and a 3-0 vitory at Bexleyheath and Belvedere on Saturday. A lack of availability in the top sides meant there were a few chnages but this did not compromise the teams effort or performance.

BBHC settled into the game quicker and had Anchs under a fair bit of pressure in the first 15 minutes. Neil Byre and Iain Rawson ensured that the pressure was soaked up without too many clear cut opportunities, although goalkeeper, Mike Israel, was called on to make one crucial save.

Anchs were in the lead from midway through the half with their first real penetrating attack. Chris Risby fed a beautiful pass along the left flank to CJ Verrall. Verrall, unusually in the position of provider, slipped a square ball into the D, past the advancing keeper, leaving Danny Bungay to slide the ball in un-marked.

BBHC fed a number of potentially dangerous long balls forward, including several aerials, but forunately for Anchs the forwards were never quite able to latch onto the passes.

Anchs doubled their lead toward the end of the first half. This time Owen Hamer worked the ball down the right and delivered a dangerous ball into the D, which Bungay again found himself in a great position to fire the ball into the corner.

BBHC came out much more determined in the second half and at times the Anchs back line was under seige. However, the vistors have been in this position before and calm and calculated defending kept the home side at bay. BBHC’s sustained pressure forced a number of penalty corners, but they were never able to convert them into goals. Israel made a couple of fine saves from aerials and Neil Byrne did well to deflect another rasied shot over the bar.

Anchs scored the decisive goal immediately after one of these corners. Skipper, Richard Brewer, released a quick free hit to Verrall and after an interchange with Bungay and Hamer, Verrall fired an unstoppable shot from the right hand side of the D into the roof of the net, for arguable his finest goal. BBHC still pressed and gained further penalty corners but Anchs defence reamined resolute.

A fine all round team performance.

Men’s 2nd XI 1-0 versus Cliftonville 9th Feb

The 2nd XI atoned for it’s earlier 6-1 defeat at the hands of Cliftonville with a hard fought 1-0 victory at home on Saturday.

The first half was quite a cagey affair as both sides assessed their opponents strengths. Anchs probably enjoyed more of possession with Cliftonville creating the better scoring opportunities. Michael Israel made a couple of crucial saves in quick succession and Cliftonville would have hoped to do better from a number of short corners but Ben Selby running one, closed them down well. Clftonville had a good shout for a penalty flick when the ball was played into Tom Banfield’s feet but the decision was a penalty corner which Anchs kept out well.

The half time talk was about maintaining the tempo but adding a bit of composure and this is exactly what Anchs achieved in the second half. Gordon Thomson and CJ Verrall almost created a scoring opportunity from the restart but ultimately the vistors defence coped with the threat. Anchs stretched Cliftonville by moving wide and at pace and it was no surprise that Anchs took the lead midway through the second period. A Paul Gray ball into the D was helped on by Richard Brewer to Tom Banfield (making a surprise appearance in the oppostion D) for CJ Verrall to finish with a reverse stick shot from an acute angle.

Cliftonville upped their game from that moment on and put the Anchs defence under considerable pressure. It is a measure of how far the team has come that it is capable of withstanding these kind of onslaughts. Gray, Brewer, Iain Rawson and Neil Byrne made a number of timely tackles and Cliftonville were unlucky with a lifted strike that hit a post.

Shortly after, Anchs could have settled the nerves with a second, with a quick break invloving Owen Hamer, Verrall and Thomson resulting in Thomson’s shot going narrowly wide. Cliftonville launched a final salvo looking for the equaliser but, despite having to endure another sequence of penalty corners the home side held firm for a rewarding 3 points.