Anchs welcomed BBHC on Saturday for what turned out to be a highly competitive game. An excellent team talk and decent warm up set Anchs up well. Anchs controlled the opening 20 minutes of the game without truly troubling the opposition goalkeeper although Callum Harris narrowly missed at the back post and Mati Puche was starting to find his range from penalty corners. However somehow due to a lack of marking Anchs found themselves two down at half time. The second half was mainly all Anchs apart from the opening minute when a give away forced a decent save from keeper Darren Richardson. Jake Stevens was controlling the middle and soon excellent team work saw Callum Harris pull one back. In the final few minutes Anchs reverted to a kicking back and went all out attack in the hope of an equaliser and with the last play of the game Mati Puche delivered from a penalty corner.
Anchs traveled to Brighton with a bare eleven to play high flying Brighton in the first league game of 2017. Brighton paid Anchs the ultimate compliment by bringing a massive squad including many of their national league squad. With the game before over running warm up time was short and Anchs made the worst possible start when the Brighton forward was left unmarked one yard out to score in the opening minute. Good midfield play brought Anchs back into the game but Brighton punished Anchs with two more goals before half time. Captain Gareth Prices team talk at half time was spot on and Anchs defended brilliantly second half and even made a couple of chances themselves. Brightons fourth goal came following the ball hitting the umpire despite going well wide with Brighton quicker to react. Overall a top effort from the team.
Anchs visited local rivals Holcombe for a friendly before the league starts next week. Anchs were slow out of the blocks and struggled on an alien pitch. It was Holcombe who took the lead from a penalty corner following an unlucky deflection. At this point Anchs finally woke up and some good play saw Dan Mutton level the score. Towards the end of the first half Holcombe retook the lead when a shot that was going wide was deflected in. Anchs started the second half much better and within 10 minutes were 3-2 up following goals from Chris Risby and Dan Mutton. The rest of the game was pretty even and Holcs again equalised with a smart finish from their forward. Overall a good run out for Anchs who will need to reproduce their form of the opening 10 minutes of the second half for a longer period when they play mid Sussex in the league next Saturday.