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.
Anchs took on a very strong Sevenoaks side, aided by three of their first team whose game was cancelled. These three players made a massive difference to the overall score but in all honesty it was a game of two halves. Anchs made a great start to the game with Mati Puche slotting home after thirty one seconds. However soon Sevenoaks were level following a good finish from a penalty corner. At this stage Anchs lost the plot. Poor aerials, failing to clear the d and poor marking allowed Sevenoaks to sail into a five one half time lead. A few strong words at half time saw a much improved performance from Anchs. A excellent run by Jake Stevens saw Elliott Harris smash home and a wonderful reserve strike from Mati Puche saw Anchs draw the second half two all. Final score a 7-3 loss but Anchs will need to learn from their mistakes in order to get their season back on track.
Having lost the away tie by six goals Anchs where keen to show Horsham that they were a better side than the one they faced earlier in the season. A good warm up saw Anchs make a good start to the game with Dan Mutton and Jake Stevens controlling the middle. However following a break away Anchs found themselves one down following a lucky deflection. This spurred Anchs to life and good work from Elliott Harris and Chris Lack saw Anchs pull level. Soon Elliott Harris had the ball in the goal again but for some unknown reason it was ruled out. A fine short corner save from Darren Richardson kept the scores level and Mati Puche somehow missed an open goal and Anchs also hit the post. One one at half time. Horsham made a better start to the second half and soon were two one up following a good finish from a penalty corner. Almost instantly Anchs levelled following a good finish from Mati Puche and again hit the post. Anchs were sadly undone by a poor umpiring decision as the forward kicked the ball into the D which was not seen by the umpire then squared the ball for Horsham to knick it. Again some positives for Anchs to take into next week but there is still the need to be clinical in front of goal.
Anchs travelled to local rivals Holcombe hoping to make a good start to the second half of the season. Despite it being bitterly cold Anchs had a good warm up and saw them make a good start to the match. In fact in the first 25 minutes Anchs dominated the game and were unlucky to only find themselves one up from an excellent finish from Chris Lack. Holcombe then scored a fortunate equaliser when Rich Perkins put into his own goal. 1-1 at half time. The second half started evenly but soon Holcs were 3-1 following two excellent finishes. Tom Nissen managed to pull Anchs back into the game with a good finish from a penalty corner. 3-2 with 15 to go. Poor marking saw Anchs fall further behind and a great run and finish from the Holcs forward made it 5-2. With the last play of the game Holcs scored a 6th despite a good initial save, the rebound was smashed home. Some positives and areas to improve for Anchs to take forward into the remaining games of the season.