2nd Xl loss gives Gore Court the lead
By Paul Linaker
Valence slip to third
It was another afternoon away game for the 2s, and the weather was looking wet and windy for the second week in a row, after having to wear scuba gear for the last match, the team was not looking forward to a second game in the pouring rain. It was going to be a hard battle as Gore Court were just below Valence in the League, who were not getting the results needed to stay at the top and moving slowly down.
The game started at a swift pace, Sutton Valence taking the lead early on, with another classic Willson to Sheldon clinical finish, and the result stood, even though there was much vocality from the opposition. However, this seemed to awaken GC and they started to press the Valence goal, resulting in their first short corner, and then a shot from the top made it 1-1.
Gore Court then had a good 10-15 mins of attacking play, eventually the Valence defence buckling under the pressure and allowing another goal to the tally, 1-2. Sutton Valence seemed to finally start to move the ball around, and using the width to their advantage, created some great movement into the opposition D, the resulting pressure gained them another Sheldon goal, 2-2. Again, Gore Court did not take this lying down, coming straight back and making it 2-3.
The second half saw some great hockey from both sides, and it was an end to end battle, with neither side adding to their tally sheet. With Valence saving shots off the line and Court cutting out balls being fed into their D with tenacity, the game ended up 3-2 in their favour. However, it was an extremely enjoyable game to end the 2018 season.
Valence can now relax with time off, getting ready for a push back to the top in the New Year.
MoM: Seb O’Leary (Had an exceptional game)
Goals: Chris Sheldon (2)
Team: Finlay Wishart, Alex Hodges, Steve Parker, James Abrahams, Ben Tragett, Alex Sandberg, Tom Willson, Andy Barr, Seb O’Leary, Chris Stille, Chris Sheldon, Ryan Robinson.
Umpire: Iain Simmons
Next week the 2nd Xl are into the Christmas / New Year break with the first League match in the New Year away on Sat 12th January against Tunbridge Wells 4th Xl.
Match Report by Chris Sheldon.