SVHC1s paid the price of two soft goals.
SVHC worked hard and must take opportunities that are given.
After the disappointment of last week's fixture Sutton Valence were ready to meet their first league match against Gore Court. Gore Court having won the toss took the push back and held early possession patiently building their attacks. Sutton Valence defence held their field position well limiting the attacking options eventually turning over possession. Gore Court , concerned by quick counter attacks retreated to hold a deep defensive line aloowing SV into their half. SV continued to probe Gore Court’s defence, moved the ball around the back and looking to enable shots on goal from the baseline. However, Gore Court broke quickly and the dead lock with their first short corner, a low drag flick to the left low and passed the diving keeper.
Gore Court 1 up. Their lead was short lived as SV responded quickly, moving the ball up the right where James Stanford put the ball across to the far post for James Padwick to deflect home on the reverse stick past a flailing visiting defender and keeper. Honour even at 1-1 until Gore Court were gifted a goal 5 minutes before time. An innocuous attempt on goal spinning past the keeper's kicker; it was more a bowler’s off-break than a hockey shot. Half time SV 1 : GC 2.
Second half Sutton Valence started to move better in attack while Gore court’s attacks made our defence work hard to nullify their efforts. SVHC defence continued to maintain their formation and discipline in defending the D and stopped several well executed Gore Court attacks. Each side realised they needed to risk more to break the dead lock with SVHC equalising from a short corner; Clayton Pohiho, accurately pushed the ball to the right post where the skipper Marcus Bawden lay in wait to net his first of the season.
Gore Court pressed again, against the flow of play and were awarded a short corner, the ball was flicked into the top right past SVHC Keeper. SV 2 : GC 3. SVHC increased the need to pressure Gore Court hoping to score again, but another swift counter attack by Gore Court gave them numbers up front and they took the advantage to score again. Final Score - SV 2 : GC 4