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Sutton Valence 2
Gravesham & Wellcome 2
P Rogers (25' )
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Sat 1 Dec 09:45 - Kent Men's Outdoor Hockey League - Kent Open Premier C

2nd Xl slip from lead with second loss

Ashford take over lead by one point

Sutton Valence 2nd XI were looking to bounce back from their defeat last weekend, but not having their regular goalkeeper available meant they were slightly more exposed at the back, with Captain Mark Whitmill having to suit up.
The game started with both sides having equal possession, but Gravesham & Wellcome struck first on the break, finding an unmarked player at the top of the D. The Valence keeper tried to shut down the angle, but the ball narrowly shot past the left blocker glove and went in the back of the net. As the half progressed, Valence had their chances too, and finally, on the break, Pete Rogers scored an equalizer. Then…. on the stroke of halftime Valence conceded a controversial short corner and found themselves going into the break 2-1 down as G&W scored from a well worked routine.
Down but not out, Sutton Valence looked to strike back early in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. As the half progressed, they pushed more men forward and, caught on the break again, conceded another short corner. This time G&W looked to drag flick the ball, but instead the ball slightly looped off the floor and the flight of the ball deceived the stand-in keeper and Valence found themselves 3-1 down as it passed the leg pad. Had their regular keeper been between the sticks it would have probably been saved.
With time running out Valence kept the pressure on G&W, but were unable to find the goals required to bring them back level, so the game ended with another defeat.
With one more game left until the New Year, Valence look to get back to their winning ways next weekend.
MoM: Pete Rogers
Goal: Pete Rogers

Team: Mark Whitmill, Chris Sheldon, Ben Tragett, Gareth Davies, Seb O’Leary, Steve Parker, Chris Stille, Tom Willson, Rob Bray, Pete Rogers, Andy Barr & Duncan Wills
Umpire: Bob Bartlett

Next week the 2nd Xl play away against Gore Court 4th Xl, who are on same points but in third on goal difference.

Match Report by Mark Whitmill.

Next week the 2nd Xl play away against Gore Court 4th Xl, who are on same points but in third on goal difference.

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Goal Pete Rogers scores for Sutton Valence 2

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25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Pete Rogers scores for Sutton Valence 2
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Gore Court 4
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Marden Russets 3
Sevenoaks 7
1
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Ashford 4

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Gore Court 4 11 24
2. Ashford 4 11 22
3. Sutton Valence 2 11 21
4. Sevenoaks Acorns 11 20
5. Burnt Ash 5 11 19
6. Holcombe 4a 11 16
7. Gravesham & Wellcome 2 11 15

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