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Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
Herne Bay Men's 5s
B Browning (15' ), R Cockayne (45' )
Full time
Unknown (55' )
Sat 6 Oct 09:45 - Kent Men's Outdoor Hockey League - Kent Open Division 3

3rds start season with narrow win


‘Cockayne’s redemption’

Sutton Valence 3’s opened their League campaign following promotion against Herne Bay 5’s. Having faced Herne Bay in previous seasons, they knew we would be facing a tough and well organised opposition and would need to reproduce the assured passing that developed in last week’s friendly with Maidstone.
Valence started the game brightly with assured passing and good control of the possession. Despite this strong start they struggled to create many chances. Eventually the continued pressure lead to the breakthrough and the deadlock was broken when Ben Browning found some space in the D and was able to guide the ball past the Herne Bay keeper.
Valence went into half time knowing that they needed to capitalise on their strong performance and create more clear-cut chances. It was noted that for all their pressure they hadn’t won a single short corner and that they needed to ensure they came away with something when in the opposition D.
Valence continued with good pressure at the start of the second half and before long a slick passing move down the right hand side between Reuben Collingwood and Ben Browning tore the Herne Bay defence to shreds and the ball came across the D to Rob Cockayne with an empty net. For those that played in the Maidstone game this was a heart in the mouth moment, however Cockayne banished his demons from the previous week and coolly slotted the ball into the goal. 2-0 Valence.
From this high point Valence became the architects of their own demise. The assured passing faded into panic passes and long balls that for the most part were easily picked off by the Herne Bay defence. Herne Bay built on this to create a spell of pressure and managed to pull one back.
Buoyed by this Herne Bay continued to apply pressure leading to some desperate defending and opportunities to counterattack; however these attacks proved fruitless creating few chances. Fortunately, the Valence back line held firm and were able to hold on until the full-time whistle to start their higher League campaign off with a victory.
Scorers: Browning; Cockayne

MOM : Ben Browning

Team: F Wishart, N Hall (c), J Willmott, R Harrison, A Wishart, A Gander, D Thompson, R Collingwood, J Abrahams, R Cockayne, B Browning
Umpires: C Johnson, A McVarish

Match report provided by James Abrahams

Key moments

Goal Ben Browning scores for Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
Goal Rob Cockayne scores for Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
Goal Goal for Herne Bay Men's 5s


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55:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Herne Bay Men's 5s
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Rob Cockayne scores for Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ben Browning scores for Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
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As it happened

  • Sutton Valence Men's 3rds
  • Herne Bay Men's 5s
  • 0
  • Ben Browning Goal 15:00'
  • Rob Cockayne Goal 45:00'
  • Goal 55:00'

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League round up

Other Kent Open Division 3 results

Gillingham Anchorians Mens 4th Xl
Sevenoaks Men's 8's
K Sports (Cobdown) HC Men's 2s
New Beccehamian Men's 2s
Canterbury Friars


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. New Beccehamian Men's 2s 18 48
2. K Sports (Cobdown) HC Men's 2s 18 45
3. Sutton Valence Men's 3rds 18 32
4. Gillingham Anchorians Mens 4th Xl 18 28
5. Maidstone Men's 5s 18 24
6. Sevenoaks Men's 8's 18 18
7. Canterbury Friars 18 18

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