Gillingham Anchorians 1st xi 5 Brighton 4
Brighton were quite simply robbed by Anchs who managed to score twice in the final four minutes to win an absolute classic this Saturday. Playing in Anchs ‘yard’ it was obvious that Brighton aided by a couple of members of their first team xi national squad had come for the three points but unfortunately it wasn’t to be despite them being two up after 10 minutes from two penalty corners. At this stage Anchs woke up and started to play hockey and soon pulled one back when great play saw the ball tapped around the Brighton keeper and slotted home. A poor era by home keeper Darren Richardson gave Brighton a three one lead but Anchs soon hit back to go in at half time 3-2 down. Skipper Gareth Price aided by his vice governor Chris Lack got the half time team talk absolutely spot on and it was Anchs who made the better start and following a one two with Brighton’s keeper Callum Harris made it 3-3. Game on! A harsh penalty stroke was given to Brighton from another penalty corner and this was slotted home. With the score remaining 4-3, keeper Darren Richardson redeemed himself with a good take out at the top of the d to clear the ball. With four minutes to go Anchs played their get of jail free card and two awesome team goals, including a great finish from Chris Risby saw Anchs get the three points. No porridge was served for teas after and Anchs went to their team night out in great form!
Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 1 XI had their first away match in 6 weeks against local team, Old Williamsonians. After a strong win the week before, Anchorians worked hard as a team and saw several early chances flashed past the posts. Unfortunately Old Willies scored first, against the run of play, however Anchorians didn’t let this stop them, they continued battling and pushing up the pitch. The one or two touch, passing hockey was superb and with tireless running from the forwards, Anchs looked the stronger side. As a result, Williamsonians lead was short lived as Abby Atkinson won Anchorians first short corner of the match which was converted into a goal with a straight strike from Sarah Lack to put the scores level again.
With the wind against them in the second half, Anchorians had a tougher challenge but pushed up the pitch, winning another short corner which unfortunately hit an Anchs foot after a scramble in the area. They continued to work hard as a team with quick passes across the pitch, even with the wind strong enough to blow the goal backwards at one point. The game finished 1-1 with Anchorians taking their first draw of the season.
Team: Herbie, Harris, Lucy, Lacky, Ash, Shaz, Irish, Laura, Hev, Biffo, Heidi, Abby
Anchs welcomed Canterbury on Saturday hoping to build on last weeks win over Crowborough. A great team talk and warm up saw Anchs play some fantastic hockey in the first half. Excellent play saw Anchs go three nil up by half time following excellent goals from Dan Mutton x2 and Callum Harris. An excellent double save from Anchs keeper Darren Richardson kept Canterbury out just before half time. It was more of the same in the second half with Anchs midfield of Rob Dixon, Chris Lack, Jake Stevens, Chris Risby and Jon Stiff dominant. Excellent defending from Gary Jackson, Gareth Price and Rich Perkins restricted Canterbury’s chances. Anchs soon blew away their opponents and were six up following superb goals from Mati Puche, Dan Mutton and Callum Harris. Canterbury managed to grab a late consolation but overall an excellent win! Brighton are up next on Saturday at 1.30 at home. All support is welcome.