Guildford Pilgrims 1 2 Salisbury Striders
As the sun shone and blue sky became the backdrop to the few floating clouds merrily drifting on their way. Ten hopeful’s descended onto Guildford Hockey Club, hopeful that we would be able to find an additional player. Alas, to no prevail. We had a keeper and an umpire, thank you Jeremy for umpiring.
With the scene set and warm ups underway, the time came to face the visiting opposition. A quick team chat and the ball was in play. Having a player short really made us play to the half press, allowing the opposition to come running at us. They had a few players who could string some passes up the middle but the defence did well in forcing the attackers wide allowing the mid field to get back behind and help defend.
Playing a 3-4-2, this left us without a sweeper and there were times when the opposition found the gaps coming up the middle. With everyone who could falling back to help, we were able to get the ball for a counter attack. The ball was sent out and up the field, across to Robin who past to Gordon, and Gordon being Gordon did not disappoint. Beating the keeper and striking the back board, GOAL!
This picked the mode up and the feeling was that we could do this; even with only ten players we could win another game. The opposition managed to get a penalty corner and got one in. Even with this set back the team kept their heads and repelled their attacks and kept the pressure up front. Robin almost got a lovely open goal, with the ball whizzing across the ‘D’ and sitting on the back post, Robin got a stick to the ball. An inch the other way it would have been another goal.
Talking of penalty corners, we did not capitalise from ours, doing the same routine three times and their keeper getting in a good save. We should have got something out of those short corners. Into the second half, our Achilles heel showed. The opposition managed to score another goal, giving them the lead. All in all, it was a good show from Guildford and I believe that if we had a full team we would have won. As the sun started to set and the cold beer slid down our throats, it was a good game of hockey.