Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

Men's Match Reports

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A tough Game for the Shadows, twice penned back from a one-goal lead. See who got carded, see you scored, see how it ended.......

For those of you studying investigative journalism, I submit 2 piece of evidence instead of the usual, boring match report that should help you piece together the goings-on from 2pm onwards at Broadwater...

After the showers came the teams to a wet pitch at Broadwater this afternoon. Southampton looked hungry for a rumble, at least that was the impression I got in the pre match conflab...

With autumnal weather in full force, it was with eager anticipation that the Shadows awaited their first game of the season. Not a team to brave the elements without due cause, the Shadows met in the comfort of the changing room, leaving the opposition ­ Sunbury and Walton Hawks, to make do with the wind and rain...

Disclaimer: The views expressed below are those of the author and may not reflect actual events. Any characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Preface: Patchy performances against indifferent oppositions had elicited a tetchiness in the Gondoliers. Before previous games the imbibing of performance inhibiting liquids had thrown the team into confusion.

A warm dry sunny day - what else do you need?

We all knew the game with Reigate would be extremely important in avoiding relegation as we are due to play the Spartans, who are one place below us, in our next game. The build-up started with a talk of last week's 17-0 defeat which seemed to help motivate us more for the game...

Having previously been beaten by Oxted 11-0 we knew we were in for a hard match. Having only ten men on the team sheet meant that we would need to be at our best just to stay in the game. Despite having improved a great deal since the mid-season break there was an air of trepidation as we stepped onto the pitch...

13 games in to the season and only 6 points on the board. Opponents Merton, propping up the table and the source of three of those points way back in October, visited Broadwater School for a must win encounter, a true relegation six-pointer...

We knew it was going to be a good day when we realised we had a full 11 players at the start...

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