Anchs travelled to top of the table Crawley for the last match before Christmas. A good warm up and team talk got Anchs ready to go but Crawley in all honesty bossed the whole first half. They went one up when their midfielder ghosted into Anchs D and finished well. Their second came from a break down the right hand side and their third came from another quick break away. It could have been a lot more if not for some decent saves from Darren Richardson and good defending from Gareth Price, Jamie Caulfield and Rich Perkins. Following a stern word or two from coach Tom Nissen, Anchs made a much fairer game of it in the second half. Anchs had a few opportunities to score but were unable to convert. Awful umpiring ruined the game and at one stage it was nine aside. Crawley managed a fourth late on from a short corner.
Girls under 12 had an early start at Bromley. With a squad of just seven the girls performed really well. Debutantes Ellie and Learna found their positions in defence. Then with Rio in the centre and Evie with great runs down the left and Jess providing crosses from the right. Holly and Annabel played the forward roles working hard. With two draws and two wins the girls can be proud of there performance!!
Today our boys U12 braved the first cold Sunday at Burnt Ash to play in the latest triangular tournament. Us, a team from Maidstone, one from Burnt Ash and two from Blackheath and Old Elthamians awaited.
Our first match was against Maidstone and it immediately became apparent that they had some very skillful players, however our boys were resolute in defence and went forward in numbers moving the ball around well and made the 2-1 win look quite comfortable. A good start.
Match two was against Burnt Ash and despite some more excellent play we couldn’t quite score and were unlucky to lose 1-0.
Match three was when the boys really switched on. Against Blackheath and Old Elthamians 2 using the full width of the pitch and passing the ball swiftly and accurately giving the opposition little chance to get into the game effectively and winning 8-0.
Our fourth game was a case of so near yet so far, the tiredness of four games in a row was beginning to show and despite some good play against Blackheath and Old Elthamians 1 we lacked the energy to cover the ground in the same way as the earlier games. A 1-0 loss although that one goal was almost kept out with a spectalur save by debutante goal-keeper James.
All round a fine team performance that is yet another improvement on what we have done before.
Team list:- James (GK), Charlie, Daniyal, Daniel, Will, Jonny, Robbie, James, Tom and Jacob.
A hard earned but well deserved three points for Anchs which moved them up the table. However despite a good team talk and good warm up it was BBHC who dominated the first 20 minutes and were one up despite good defending from Anchs back line of Mike Lindley, Rich Perkins, Gareth Price and Jamie Caulfield. The goal came from a short corner which Anchs failed to clear. At this point Anchs woke up and started to play some good hockey with Rob Dixon and Tom Nissen taking control of the middle. Soon a great finish from Mati Puche got Anchs on level terms and before half time Jake Stevens put Anchs 2-1 up. The second half saw Anchs try to play some hockey but this was was not always possible due to some very physical challenges and by the umpires who loved to stop the game at every opportunity. Despite this Anchs fought to the end and a good break away from Ash Risby saw him put one on a plate for Callum Harris to slot home and give Anchs all three points. Next week Anchs travel to top of the table Crawley for a mouth watering clash.