Anchs travelled to Canterbury hoping to continue their recent winning form and push towards the top of the table. A good warm up and team talk sent Anchs into battle. The opening exchanges were in all honesty very even with two good teams matching up into what turned out to be a great tie. A moment of magic from Lindon Lockhart gave Anchs the lead with a reserve strike into the top corner. The home side soon pulled level following a poor kick from Darren Richardson which invited pressure and saw the a home side covert at the back post. However almost immediately Anchs equalised following a short corner which made its way to Lindon Lockhart who made no mistake. The rest of the first half saw the students in control but excellent defending from Gary Jackson, Gareth price and Mark O’Brien and good goalkeeping from darren richardson, as well as an outstanding interception from Jack Oxby kept the home side out.
The second half started with the students in control and only a good save from darren richardson from a short corner kept Anchs in the game. This brought Anchs to life and soon Anchs were four one up following two great finishes from CJ Verall who slotted home at the back post following good work from Jake Stevens and Ben Selby. The students struck next from a short corner but Lindon Lockhart soon completed his hat trick with a good finish to put the tie to bed and although the students grabbed a consolation from a late short corner Anchs continued their winning streak. A good team performance.
Anchs welcomed local rivals Holcombe for what they knew would be a tough game. Only last season Holcs had been playing in the regional leagues and had made a good start to the season. A very good warm up and team talk got Anchs focused on the game ahead and it was Anchs who made the brighter start with the midfield of Rob Dixon, Jake Stevens and Chris Lack getting stuck in allowing Ash Risby and Jack Oxby to cause damage in the wide areas. However the first real chance fell to Holcs whose centre forwards well hit shot was palmed away to safety by Anchs keeper Darren Richardson. Soon Anchs took the lead when Chris Lack followed in on Gareth Prices short corner strike and swept home. Holcs soon however drew level following a good drag flick from a short corner. Anchs then upped their game and by half time were three one up with a lovely finish from Lindon Lockhart and a decent reserve finish from Callum Harris.
Anchs completed dominated the second half. The back three of Gareth Price, Gary Jackson and Mike Lindley were in control, apart from when Mike Lindley passed the ball to the centre forward in the D but luckily the Holcs forward missed the opportunity. Lindon Lockhart scored another superb individual goal to put the game to bed and to gain Anchs a well deserved three points. Next week Anchs travel to the University of Kent for a top of the table clash.
Anchorians were in seventh heaven this weekend away to Maidstone HC. Anchs travelled to Maidstone for what they thought would be a close affair as Maidstone were having a good season and were well established in kent premier 1. Following a decent warm up Anchs made the brighter start with the midfield of Chris Lack, Jamie Caulfield, Ash Risby and Jake Stevens dominating the middle. Good runs from Callum Harris and Lindon Lockhart were also causing the Maidstone defence problems. However it was Maidstone who took the lead against the run of play when a hard hit into the D was deflected into the top corner with keeper Darren Richardson unlucky not to keep it out with his left goal. This spared Anchs back to life and from this point they completed dominated the rest of the game. Within minutes it was one each with Chris Lack scoring from a short corner. Before half time a wonderful team goal which started with Mark O’Brien at the back ended with a sublime pass from Lindon Lockhart saw Callum Harris deflect the ball into the Maidstone goal.
The half time team talk focused on more of the same and Anchs delivered by playing some beautiful hockey and slotting home five more goals in the second half. Two further goals from Callum Harris to complete his hat trick, two good finishes from CJ Verrall and a superbly struck short corner from Gareth Price put Maidstone to the sword. Any rare attacks were easily dealt with by Anchs back four of Darren Richardson, Mike Lindley, Gareth Price and Mark O’Brien. Credit also goes to both Glen Rawson and Simon Pickard who also put in shifts for the team. A special mention must go to player/coach Jamie Caulfield who completely dominated the middle and in honesty controlled the game.
Anchs travelled to a very wet Marden looking to put last minute defeat to Gore Court behind them. Following a decent warm up Anchs took control of the game with Chris Lack and Jamie Caulfield controlling the middle allowing Jake Stevens and Lindon Lockhart to cause all sorts of trouble to the Marden back line. Deservedly Anchs took the lead following a decent finish from Lindon Lockhart. Although Anchs continued to dominate Marden did manage to draw level from a well worked short corner. However Anchs were soon back in a commanding lead following a strange goal from Jamie Caulfield which saw the Marden keeper somehow deflect the ball into his own goal and a decent finish from Chris Lack again with the help of the Marden keeper gave Anchs a 3-1 lead at half time.
Marden started the second half the better of the two sides as Anchs took their foot of the pedal. Only some good goalkeeping from Darren Richardson and good defending from Alex Foreman, Mike Lindley and Gareth Price kept the opposition out. Credit must also go to Jack Oxby who tracked back extremely well also. Anchs were harshly denied a goal from Jamie Caulfield on the counter attack. An unlucky own goal from Gareth Price gave Marden hope but again good defending and goalkeeping kept Anchs in the lead. Good team play allowed Jamie Caulfield to grab Anchs fourth and secure a well deserved and needed three points!
Anchs welcomed local rivals Gore Court on Saturday for what turned out to be a goal fest of a local derby. Following some last minute tactical changes Anchs in all honesty went into the game confused and after eight minutes were two down following a good strike from a short corner and a tap in from the unmarked Gore Court forward at the back post. Gore Court also forced a decent joint stick save from ‘keeper Darren Richardson and defender Gareth Price from another short corner. Once Anchs actually worked out their new formation they dominated the rest of the first half and soon were deservedly level through goals from Callum Harris and Lindon Lockhart. 2-2 at half time.
Anchs started the second half in a positive fashion and took the lead from a well worked short corner which saw Glen Rawson slot home. From some reason at this point Anchs’ midfield three went missing and following another short corner Gore Court pulled level. Following a suicide give away by Simon PIckard in his own 25 Gore took the lead with a smart finish. This seemed to wake up Anchs who in the dying moments pulled level again when Jake Stevens put one on a plate for Callum Harris. However with the last strike of the ball Gore Court grabbed all three points from a short corner leaving Anchs absolutely gutted. However there were many positives to come out of the game. The never ageing Gary Jackson was excellent as always and Anchs can be pleased with their efforts when it came to get back into the game.