A vital 3 points that keeps Anchs season alive. Anchs travelled to Crowborough with only 12 men and came away with 3 well deserved points. A good team talk and warm up saw Anchs made a positive start to the game. Callum Harris put Anchs one up with a reserve stick strike from the top of the D. Crowborough came back into the game and only great defending from Gareth Price and Ali Jenner kept Anchs one up. Great team work then saw the ball land with Chris Risby who hit a rocket into the bottom corner to give Anchs a two goal lead at half time. In all honesty the second half was all Crowborough. Crowborough were given a glimmer of hope when they pulled one back at the start of the second half but a fantastic counter attack move saw the opposition keeper take out Mati Puche who slotted home the resulting penalty stroke to make it 3-1. Despite late pressure and numerous short corners, a combination of excellent saves from Darren Richardson and brave running from Chris Risby and Chris Lack kept the opposition out. Overall a superb team effort!
Anchs poor form and season continued with an empathic home defeat to South Saxons. A superb team talk and warm up set Anchs up well and despite the opposition having a lot of the ball Anchs defended well. However a poor give away and inept marking saw South Saxons take the lead. However this seemed to galvanise Anchs who soon levelled with Gareth Price slotting home from a penalty corner. However with two minutes Anchs were 2-1 down and by half time it was 3-1. Anchs started the second half well and Chris Lack was unfortunate to have a goal ruled out. Again Anchs were punished for giving the ball away, not tracking back and slack marking allowing the opposition to score twice more. A very frustrating day indeed!
Dissapointing is an understatement. This was a must win for Anchs against the bottom of the league side but in all honesty Anchs got what they deserved due to a poor game performance. The first half saw Anchs lose the midfield battle and awful give always saw Anchs go a goal down. However when Anchs woke up and actually played hockey for 5 minutes they equalised through Chris Risby. A superb double save from keeper Darren Richardson kept Anchs in it but just before half time poor marking saw New Beccs take a 2-1 lead. The second half was pretty even. Captain Gareth Price received a harsh green card and New Beccs scored from the resulting penalty corner. However Mati Puche pulled one back with from a penalty corner. With two minutes to go Anchs went for broke and played with a kicking back but New Beccs slotted home a 4th to seal the win. The only real positive of the day were the teas after. Much work is needed if Anchs are to stay in the league.
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.
Anchs welcomed a very strong Canterbury side for the last league game of 2016 and walked away with a very hard fought point which should prove as a good stepping stone for 2017. A good warm up and team talk set Anchs up well and despite the opposition having a lot of possession in the first half Anchs kept their shape and made life difficult for the oppositon. Throughout the whole game Canterbury were left frustrated due to outstanding goalkeeping from Darren Richardson who made a number of world class saves, most notably hooking a certain goal away with this glove in the first half. Both goals in the games came from penalty corners with Canterbury taking the lead in the last play of the first half and Mati Puche thunder bolting an equaliser in the second half.
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.