After the high of last week, Anchs season was brought back down to earth on Saturday with an emphatic defeat. Missing several key players, most notably in midfield saw Anchs struggle against a very good side who had 16 players in comparison to Anchs 12 due to a number of reasons. The first real chance of the game fell to Chris Risby from a penalty corner and he forced a decent save from Kings keeper. Five minutes of madness saw Anchs go two down due to poor marking. Anchs started the second half very well with Richard Perkins slotting home a penalty corner. However soon superior fitness and numbers told and hampered by injuries, Anchs were put to the sword. Next week a local derby versus high flying Old Willies awaits and Anchs will need to improve massively to get their season back on track.
A win at last!! Anchs travelled to a good Horsham side and came home with three well deserved points. Throughout it was an extremely even game with both sides given it everything to win. In a very competitive first half it was Mati Puche who opened the scoring for Anchs from a penalty corner. Credit to keeper Darren Richardson who kept out a number of penalty corners at the end of the half to keep the score one nil. The second half again saw good hockey played by both sides. Chris Lack put Anchs two up from another penalty corner and Horsham pulled one back from a penalty corner of their own. In the dying moments Dan Mutton rounded the keeper to ensure a three one win that ensured a much needed three points.
Anchs poor start to the season continued at home against Crowborough. Despite boasting a big squad, Anchs were unable to get the valuable win they needed to get the season up and running. A fantastic warm up saw Anchs start the game the brighter with Jake Stevens and Chris Lack controlling the middle. Good forward play from Callum Harris and Dan Mutton also caused issue for the opposition defence. Midway through the first half the pressure told and Mati Puche put one on a plate for Dan Mutton to tap home. However a very poor give away saw Crowborough pull level before half time. The second half started with the opposition on top and they were awarded and took the lead from a highly contentious penalty flick. They soon went three one up following a good touch from their forward. Anchs then decided to go for it but apart from a wonder penalty corner finish from Mati Puche were unable to find an equaliser. Next week a very challenging trip to Horsham awaits with Anchs desperate for the points.
Anchs welcomed three teams from Canterbury and one from Blackheath to a tournament for under 8s on Sunday. It was great to see fifty or so under 8s really enjoying playing hockey in a competitive and friendly environment. All games were extremely well played and were hard fought. All players showed a lot of hope for the future. Lots of good goals were scored and fantastic team work and sportsmanship were evident throughout. It was also great to see so many parents, carers, family and friends there supporting all those involved. We hope to repeat a similar tournament in the new year. A special thank you to Joel Divers, Ben Lindley and Wayne Crowhurst for all their help in running the successful tournament.
Anchs made the long journey to Hastings hoping to get a valuable three points in a bottom of the table clash against South Saxons. Stand in captain Chris Lack rallied the troops and it was Anchs who made the better start. However after 10 minutes Anchs found themselves one nil down from a well converted penalty corner. Within minutes it was one one with Mati Puche slotting home at the back post. Anchs dominated the rest of the half and went in at half time two one up with Mati Puche converting a penalty corner. The second half was pretty even. Mid Sussex levelled from a penalty corner and the last 15 minutes was very stretched due to tiredness and a number of cards. However it was the home side who won the game in the dying minutes when a break down from a penalty dropped kindly for the forward to slot home. Anchs now have a lot of work to do to get the season back on track.