Anchs final friendly saw a good game take place v Marden. An excellent team talk and warm up set Anchs up well and make a good start to the game. However a defensive mistake offered Marden a glorious chance to score but Rich Perkins made a great save on the line. From the next attacking move Elliott Harris was tripped by the Marden keeper and Gareth Price put away the resulting penalty stroke. At this stage Anchs were dominant and two superb team moves saw Dan Mutton put Anchs 3 nil up. An injury to debutant Ali Jenner saw a break in the game and the final seven minutes of the half saw Marden in charge and create some good chances but some good goalkeeping from Darren Richardson ensured the score remained three nil at half time. The less said about the second half the better. The main positives were a goal from Callum Harris and a clean sheet for Anchs. Next week Anchs start their league campaign away to Mid Sussex.
LAnchs welcomed Cliftonville for their second friendly of the season and clinical finishing and hard work saw Anchs win comfortably. A good team talk and excellent warm up saw Anchs dominate the opening exchanges. Superb midfield play from Chris Lack, Jake Stevens and Mike Lindley and good work on the right by Elliott Harris led to a penalty corner which was put away by Luc Debont. Soon more excellent work from Ryan Ames saw Anchs awarded another penalty corner which Rich Perkins expertly put away. The third goal soon followed when some excellent play between forwards Chris Risby and Elliott Harris saw the latter put Anchs three up. In the last five minutes of the first half switched off and were punished from a penalty corner which Rich Perkins almost kept out/ helped in. 3-1 at half time.
A good half time team talk saw Anchs make a good start to the second half and a dominant twenty minutes saw Anchs race into a 7-1 led with two goals from Jake Stevens, one from Chris Risby and one from Chris Lack put the game to bed with ten to go. At this point Anchs again switched off and despite some good saves from Darren Richardson and defending from Gareth Price and Tom Banfield, Cliftonville scored two late consolation goals most notably a rocket of a penalty corner to take a bit of the gloss of the win. Next week Anchs play Marden in their final friendly at 1.30 at home. All support is very welcome.
Anchs first friendly of the year saw a competitive game against Old Bordenians. An excellent team talk and warm up set Anchs up well but in all honesty it was the opposition who bossed the first ten minutes. Soon however the Anchs midfield of Chris Lack, Jake Stevens, Mike Lindley took control and from a penalty corner Callum Harris put Anchs one up. More excellent play saw Anchs three up by half time following goals from Jake Stevens and another from Callum Harris. The second half saw Anchs try a new formation and the opposition had more of the ball. Some good saves from Darren Richardson and good defending from Gareth Price, Rich Perkins, Gary Jackson and debutant Tom Banfield saw Anchs draw the second half one all. Credit to Ryan Ames who ran his socks off and the impressive Elliott Harris who deservedly scored a goal. A good run out. Next up our Cliftonville at home on Saturday at 1.30pm. All support is welcome.