Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

Gondoliers Continue to be Oxford's Jinx Side

 13th Feb 2016

The match report this weeks comes from our Court correspondent, as our normal trainee overseas war correspondent is taking a rest whilst analysing the various permutations of league positions...

The Gondoliers took to the pitch on a cold and wet Oxford afternoon expecting a tough game.

And that is what we got. The first half was very even with Oxford probably just about shading it with a couple of very good chances going begging. Guildford were defending well and the occasional break made for a positive half time talk with the score still at 0-0.

In the second half the higher fitness levels of the Gondoliers really began to tell.

Sturgess who caused the Oxford defence problems all afternoon finally got his reward. A sharp shot from close range finding its way into the net. This seemed to deflate Oxford a little and another well-constructed move ended in another goal for Sturgess.

By this stage of the match the Gondoliers were beginning to dominate the game, but Oxford still had chances to score so the result was not yet a foregone conclusion. A long ball up to Sturgess looked like it might present the Gondoliers with another goal but the Goalkeeper, Sturgess and several of the Oxford defenders were clearly feeling the pace as they all decided to have a lie down as the ball broke free in the D. Sturgess was the first to wake up and managed to direct the ball towards the goal and the defender still resting on the line could only prevent the goal illegally. A penalty stroke was awarded.

Having scored 2 goals already Sturgess was very keen to share the glory (or avoid paying for a jug?) and called on Windsor-Lewis to come up from the back. Windsor Lewis stepped up looking quietly confident; possibly safe in the knowledge that if he had no idea where the ball was going then neither would the goalie. In any case the ball rocketed past a bemused Oxford goalie left hand almost breaking the net.

With less than 10 minutes to go the Gondoliers managed to hold on and win the Match 3-0.

An all-round excellent Gondoliers performance with everybody playing their part. The real difference being the Gondoliers' ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Although we pondered after the game on why our performance improved compared to last week - was it the stirring pre-match discussion in the changing room centred on Windsor-Lewis's sunbathing techniques, or was it the fact that we successfully drilled the ball towards our two forwards and on at least two occasions resulted in goals or was it that according to Oxford we continue to be their jinx side? Bizarrely they awarded MOTM bottle of wine to Sturgess who had formed a very close bond with one of their defenders during the game 


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