I don’t think James could have had a better send off from his new UK home team than Saturday’s match. The GHC Men’s 1st Xi team were on fire against an excellent Horsham side, who were an absolute pleasure to play against in what were perfect conditions.
The men were relentless from the start, working hard off the ball to make sure that Horsham had no chance to build any substantial attacks. The score very quickly shifted to eight goals to zero, and although we would have been thrilled to keep a clean sheet, they slipped one past us with about five minutes to go.
With a dynamic and youthful squad such as this one, there are always going to be areas that need attention. It’s really exciting that we have so much more to give from a position at the top of the league.
The Man of the Match award was shared between two products of the GHC junior system, Harry Relph and Elliot Sanderson. Both players were exceptional on either end of the park. Relph was solid at left back, showing superb composure when faced with a well organised press. Elliot on the other end, scored a brace, taking his season tally to five goals and making him the youngest player to feature on the ‘top 10 goal scoring list’ in our league..
On a side note, it was a fantastic weekend for any sports fan: with a strong contingent of rugby union fans in the squad, Ireland beating the All Blacks for the first time at home set Dellis’ night off in the right direction (as did the Bokke’s win over Scotland, but we’ll keep that to ourselves!)
It has been an absolute pleasure to have James Dellis at our club, he truly got stuck into the community and quickly became part of the furniture. His contributions to the coaching at GHC will be missed, as will his enthusiasm at training. If there was one way to tempt him into returning before the season ends, it is that Ross Ferguson will have goal scoring bragging rights over him for the rest of time.
Our next challenge to remain on top of the league table is against Blackheath and Elthamians HC at home, starting at 14:30 this Saturday.
MoM: Elliot Sanderson and Harry Relph
Leading goal scorers
Ross Ferguson: 10 (also tied for top scorer in the league)
Tylo Remke: 8
Elliot Sanderson: 5