Anchorians celebrated their first win today over a tough Maidstone side. The team worked hard and Anchs went ahead through a well worked goal involving Jack Oxby and Ben Selby. This was followed by a great team goal involving several players leading to a nice finish from Andy Bunker. Maidstone hit back quickly from a well worked short corner however most of the half was spent with pressure on the Maidstone defence.
The second half was much of the same with another 2 well worked goals and many other chances created, including several that Andy Perriam was unlucky not to put away. Maidstone had chances but Chris Billingham proved himself in goal as well as some clinical defending from Sam Hall as sweeper. Anchorians go into a tough game next week against Gore Court with their heads held high after an impressive victory.
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.
Anchorians Ladies 1st XI hosted Cliftonville in a very closely matched game fraught with injuries in which a lucky second half goal gave Cliftonville the 3 points. Anchs picked up from last week’s disappointment with a solid and well organised performance but despite pressure on goal they couldn’t convert. Anchs were unlucky to go down to ten players after an injury early in the first half. However they didn’t let it phase them and continued battling with a solid defensive performance. Anchorians kept their kept their calm and worked as a team to keep a clean sheet at the end of the first half. Still a man down for the first ten minutes of the second half, Anchs came out with a positive attitude – who needs subs! They were unfortunate to concede a lucky goal, early in the second half, but this only made them more determined to get back in the game. After some great long balls and battling in the opposition’s half they were rewarded with some short corners but were unable to make the most of the opportunities. Anchs kept battling till the end, they were unable to convert the pressure into a goal but can certainly take a lot of positives from their hard work, determination and perseverance.
Anchorians went into their 3rd game with high spirits for the their first victory, however it was not meant to be. Anchs struggled to take their chances and convert goals. Sutton Valence had several chances and despite some good saves from Sam Lacchin they went ahead.
Anchs had several short corners and Sam Hall managed to convert one of these with an expert strike, however it was not enough to get anything from the game.
There were moments of brilliance from right midfielder Jacob Dunn and it was also a welcome return with Ben Lindley in the side.
The team now go into their 4th game without a win. It’s back to the drawing board for the team and hopefully soon their hard work will pay off and the wins are on their way.
Anchs arrived at Remnants with ten players, until lovely Tina asked anyone and everyone if they could umpire for the game. They left us in anticipation for a few minutes until they stepped up and released Emma Gurdler from her umpiring duty. The game kicked off with Anchs dominated from first push back, Jess Neale opened the scoring with the first of her four goals before the ten minute mark. We continued to take control of the game with a passionate and brilliant goal from Hannah Shimmin that sizzled along the back line, taking the goalie by surprise. Just when we thought we had seen it all, from defence, Rosa streaked up the pitch and stunned us all with one of her two cheeky lifts over the unsuspecting goalie. At the break, Anchorians led the game 3-0.
After a quick team chat we were ready to continue the game with our spirits high. The committed determination from the 2′s continued their scoring streak with another skilful lifted goal by Jess. Jess rounded off her scoring, followed by Ellie Hynes who drove up the pitch weaving her way around the players and settling her first of two solid goal.The final whistle blew ending the game with a 9-0 win for the ladies 2′s who remain unbeaten in their league.
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.
Captains Blog; Game Date 10/09/15
Gillingham Anchorians 1st XI travelled to play top of the league Sevenoaks 3s in an early start. Anchorians started brightly and took Sevenoaks by surprise as the pushed high and took control of the game early on. Their persistence and team work paid off as Emma Harris made a strong tackle to win the ball on the half way line. Two swift passes between the midfielders led to Laura Watters sending a ball through to Ash Davenport. Davenport’s first touch beat two defenders and she was through on goal with only the keeper to beat. Her shot flew between the keeper’s legs and Anchs took the lead. The second half Sevenoaks showed why they are the team at the top and came out much stronger. A foot on the line led to a penalty flick and Sevenoaks drew level. The goals came thick and fast after that as Anchs struggled to cope with Sevenoaks faster pace and overload of numbers upfront. The last ten minutes of the game Anchorians pulled themselves out of their rut and calmed the game down, earning themselves a couple of short corners which they were unlucky to convert.
Team: Vicky, Lucy, Lacky, Strangles, Harris, Bennett, Irish, Laura, Hev, Ash, Biffo
Anchorians started the game with a strong team and high hopes after last week’s disappointing defeat. Burnt Ash played a high attack and Anchs were very quickly under a lot of pressure. Some great defending from Greg Foreman and Sam Hall kept Burnt Ash at bay, combined with some amazing goalkeeping from new keeper Sam Lacchin who is proving himself an asset to the team.
Anchs scored first with a great run from Mike Metcalf, hitting the ball to Roy Bartlett who was ready to slot the ball in on the post. The team spent the rest of the half under pressure and Burnt Ash equalised. 2nd half Anchs came out hard and eventually went 3-1 up through 2 stunning goals from captain Ben Selby. The rest of the game Anchorians spent defending and despite some hard defending from Bruce Bendle and Nigel McDonald, Burnt Ash equalised. Jacob Dunn proved to be asset in attack and it was a welcome return for Martin O’Donnel in midfield.
Anchorians look forward to their next game at home and hopefully their first win of the season.
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.
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.