West Hampstead travelled to Guildford on Saturday morning to play in the earliest start of the season due to school hockey fixtures starting up after the Christmas break. This top four clash was always going to be decided on two factors; who had a better holiday and a better breakfast before push back.
The starting front six players set the tone with some excellent pressing early on, and the hard work continued throughout, with turnover after turnover won off of the back four West Hampstead players. GHC countered well and were only stopped by some incredible saves from the travelling goal keeper, certainly our Man of the Match for them. One save in particular deserves a mention: a clean strike from Sam Plater destined for the top corner was spectacularly blocked by ‘Super Man’ in goal.
Eventually, it was Sam who broke the deadlock with a clinical corner routine, and Ross Fergusson should go to New Zealand every mid-season break if he promises to return in such good form. He scored another hattrick taking him to 16 goals for the season which puts him in first place on the league’s goal scoring leader board.
The moment of the game came from Luke Rogers, who scored his first goal for the club - a crisp strike into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Next Saturday is a top of the table clash against Trojans down in Southampton. The first meeting ended in a 3-3 draw. The men from Southampton are not called Trojans for nothing, these guys are well drilled, tough and hardworking, so this will undoubtedly be the toughest test of the season so far.
GHC 6 – 1 West Hampstead
- Ross Fergusson (3)
- Sam Plater
- Luke Rogers
- Craig Mullon
Man of the Match: Ross Fergusson