Well, well, well, what a cracker of a game! Was today a turning point in the Gondos season?
The omens didn't look good, Mullins having pulled out in the morning, no Basey, no Kuhle and believe it or not, Windsor Lewis as a NO SHOW (fine to be decided, suggestions please?).
We faced the top team from Haslemere, who have so far only lost to Oxford, and looked quite a different team to the usual Haslemere rabble, and as such we decided to set a defensive 2/4/4 structure.
Within two minutes it was clear that the Gondos were not going to roll over easy and with some clever interplay went 1-0 up with Herrmann finding space on the left from a Howells pass and slotting the ball in the back of the net!
Howells was playing great hockey controlling the midfield and orchestrating the attack, and our defence was also winning the individual battles against a very mobile Haslemere attack. A short corner led to a rare Carney goal with a clean first time strike off a slip from Howells.
Gordon also picked up a first half goal leaving the Gondos 3-0 up at half time and a shell shocked Haslemere.
The half time chat was very much let's treat the score as 0-0 and for God’s sake don't let them score in the first ten minutes! Of course it only took Haslemere 2 minutes to claw one back and things looked ominous.
The Gondos were up for the fight though and with some great through balls from defence kept creating chances.
Everybody was playing really well and the Gondos quickly put the game beyond reach with three more goals in the second half against a second from Haslemere.
- Final score: Gondos 6-2
- Goals: Gordon x 3, Herrmann, Carney, Sturgess
- Man of the Match: Howells
Many thanks to Nigel for the match report, as the nominated author did not feel up to the challenge especially as he had scored three goals. Compared to last week - when it also rained throughout the game - and we were reduced to an after-the-game discussion on fungal infections such was our need to avoid talking about our dire performance. This week, however, there was Mowat and Herrmann displaying continuing harassing tactics against the oppo, and Tim providing the forwards continual accurate overhead passes from the sixteens, and to the surprise of the rest of the team both Nigel and Gordon have been mastering some 3D skills - so the after-match discussion had many more interesting topics to explore.