Gillingham Anchorians 1st xi 2 Holcombe 2
Anchs visited Holcs for a keenly contested local derby. Having won the home game 3-2, Anchs knew that Holcs would be well up for this one. A good team talk and warm up set Anchs up well and playing on a lovely surface seemed to help also. The game started evenly with Anchs midfield of Rob Dixon, Ash Risby, Jake Stevens and Elliott Harris giving as good as they got. Some excellent forward play saw Anchs win the first penalty corner of the game and a low flick from Dan Mutton was deflected home by Chris Lack to give Anchs the lead. However within minutes Holcs were level following a thunderbolt of a penalty corner into the top corner. Towards the end of the half clever play from Callum Harris saw Anchs win another penalty corner with Dan Mutton sending a bobbler past the Holcs keeper. 2-1 at half time. The second half saw Holcs on top. Despite this Anchs did have a few chances. Veteran Gary Jackson had to go off with a head injury and Rob Dixon got a yellow. Holcs drew level when their forward was left unmarked at the back post for a tap in. Holcs had two more opportunities from penalty corners to win it. The first forced a great stick save from keeper Darren Richardson and the second, the last play of the game, saw Richardson and Mutton clear the ball between them. Overall a fair result. Next week Anchs travel to Horsham for another tough game.
Gillingham Anchorians 1st xi 1 Kings 1
Anchs welcomed Kings for a tough match on Saturday. Having lost 2 nil to kings earlier in the season Anchs knew it was going to be a tough game. An excellent team talk and warm up set Anchs up well but it was the visitors who dominated the first ten. However excellent defending from Glen Rawson, Chris Lack and Gary Jackson kept the opposition out. Keeper Darren Richardson also made a smart save from a penalty corner to keep it nil nil. Anchs slowly came back into the game without every really testing the opposition goal. Nil nil at half time. Anchs started the brighter in the second half. Good midfield play from Rob Dixon, Ash Risby, Chris Risby and Jake Stevens saw Anchs on top. Some good pressure, led by Dan Mutton, had Kings pinned back and a mistake from the Kings centre back gifted Anchs a goal with Callum Harris slotting home. Anchs were cruelly denied all three points with the last hit of the ball despite a decent save from Richardson from a drag flick the Kings forward smashed home the rebound to snatch a point.
Mid sussex 4 Anchs 1st xi 2
Anchs travelled to mid sussex hoping to maintain their good league form. despite a good team talk and warm up Anchs made a slow start to the game and soon found themselves 2 nil down, the first from a penalty corner and the second from open play. Anchs did come back into the game but never really tested the opposition goal. By half time it was three nil as Anchs failed to properly clear a penalty corner and were punished. The second half started evenly but mid sussex went four up following a well taken counter attack goal. At this point Anchs decided to make a game of it and goals from Callum Harris and Dan Mutton got Anchs back into it. Despite having several penalty corners Anchs were unable to add to their tally and returned pointless. Next up is kings at home.
Gillingham Anchorians 1 sutton valence 1
Anchs welcomed a well drilled sutton valence side on Saturday in a rearranged game from the first half of the season. With both teams in the hunt for promotion it was also going to be a tight game. Despite missing three key players Anchs were more than equal to their opponents and a big well done to Ryan Ames, Joel Divers and Harry Banfield who made their debuts. The first half saw Sutton a valence in control but some decent goalkeeping from Darren Richardson and good defending from Rich Perkins, Gareth Price and Gary Jackson ensured the score remained 0-0 at half time. Anchs were the dominant side in the second half and a wonder run from Jake Stevens saw Dan Mutton tap home to give Anchs the lead. At this stage sutton valence went gung-ho and grabbed an equaliser with the last hit of the game following a deflection. Overall a fair result. Anchs are now third in the league, one point behind second and will be looking to maintainable their good form in the second half of the season.