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Old Bordenian 3
Sutton Valence 1
Unknown (10' , 15' , 65' )
Full time
K Kirkham (5' , 20' , 25' ), L Mitchell (45' ), T Willson (55' )
Sat 13 Oct 11:30 - Kent Men's Outdoor Hockey League - Kent Open Premier A

1st Xl push Bordenians away

Kirkham leads the way

On an unusually sunny day in October Sutton Valence travelled down to Sittingbourne to face co-leaders Old Bordenians. Having hastily grabbed together a mixture of green tour shirts (after losing the away shirts previously, Chairman Lewis Mitchell had decided the away shirts were safer in his London flat - a long way from Sittingbourne).
It was a cagey start with Sutton Valence taking the lead with Kirkham smashing the ball over the keeper from the top of the D after a short corner. But soon after, a couple of lapses and a wayward aerial by ‘out of the park’ Ricky O’Neil, saw Valence trailing 1-2. Kirkham soon equalised though, after receiving the ball from Angel in the 25 taking the ball into the D, his reverse stick shot beating the keeper.
Valence then won some short corners but were unable to convert. Old Bordenians fought back but Young in goal was solid. A good move down the right-hand side saw Kirkham get his third. 3-2 Valence. Some good team play then led to Mitchell picking up the ball in the D, the keeper saving the first attempt but Mitchell buried the follow up. Another good move soon after saw Mitchell setting up Willson to score Valence’s 5th.
Old Bordenians stepped up their effort and caused lots of problems for Valence, who eventually conceded to make the score 5-3. The result was by no means guaranteed at this point with the home team creating numerous chances. Valence however found their form again to close the game out 5-3 to stay on maximum points this season.

Man of the Match: Alex Hodges

Goals: Kirkham (3), Mitchell, Willson

Team: Stewart Young (GK), Russell Blanchard, Chris Johnson, Alex Hodges, Ryan Robinson, Ricky O’Neil, Lewis Mitchell, Fred McVarish, Tom Willson, Brett Angel, Johnny Walker, Kevin Kirkham.
Umpire: Andrew Wishart

Match tea: Sausage, beans & French stick

Next week Sutton Valence welcome Gillingham Anchorians to Sutton Valence School’s senior pitch - push-back 11:15.

Match report by Kevin Kirkham

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Key moments

5:00
Goal Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
10:00
Goal Goal for Old Bordenian 3
15:00
Goal Goal for Old Bordenian 3
20:00
Goal Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
25:00
Goal Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
45:00
Goal Lewis Mitchell scores for Sutton Valence 1
55:00
Goal Tom Willson scores for Sutton Valence 1
65:00
Goal Goal for Old Bordenian 3

Highlights

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65:00 Goal 3 - 5
Goal for Old Bordenian 3
55:00 Assist
Lewis Mitchell makes an assist for Sutton Valence 1
55:00 Goal 2 - 5
Tom Willson scores for Sutton Valence 1
45:00 Goal 2 - 4
Lewis Mitchell scores for Sutton Valence 1
End of period 1
25:00 Goal 2 - 3
Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
20:00 Goal 2 - 2
Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
15:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Old Bordenian 3
10:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Old Bordenian 3
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Bordenian 3
  • Sutton Valence 1
  • 0
  • Kevin Kirkham Goal 5:00'
  • Goal 10:00'
  • Goal 15:00'
  • Kevin Kirkham Goal 20:00'
  • Kevin Kirkham Goal 25:00'
  • Lewis Mitchell Goal 45:00'
  • Tom Willson Goal 55:00'
  • Lewis Mitchell Assist 55:00'
  • Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Young, Stewart Young, Stewart
Blanchard, Russell Blanchard, Russell
Robinson, Ryan Robinson, Ryan
Johnson, Chris Johnson, Chris
ONeil, Ricky ONeil, Ricky
McVarish, Fred McVarish, Fred
Mitchell, Lewis Mitchell, Lewis
Willson, Tom Willson, Tom
Angel, Brett Angel, Brett
Kirkham, Kevin Kirkham, Kevin
Walker, Johnny Walker, Johnny

League round up

Other Kent Open Premier A results

Ashford 3
1
2
New Beccehamian 1
Folkestone Optimist 3
2
3
Gillingham Anchorians 2
2
3
Sevenoaks 5
K Sports (Cobdown) 1
3
0
Folkestone Optimist 4
Marden Russets 2
4
1

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Sutton Valence 1 8 21
2. New Beccehamian 1 8 21
3. K Sports (Cobdown) 1 8 20
4. Marden Russets 2 8 14
5. Burnt Ash 3 8 13
6. Old Bordenian 3 8 11
7. Folkestone Optimist 4 8 8

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