1st XI Hockey vs Harvey Grammar

3rd February 2014

Anticipating a harder match than our season openers, we approached the encounter against one of our more traditional opponents with an air of seriousness. The pitch, we knew, was bouncy and was likely to favour the home side, especially given that all but two of their team play club hockey on the same pitch. From the onset it was obvious to see that the stick skills of the two teams were fairly similar and the early balance of play was reasonably even. Both sides had early chances, John Argyrides keeping out an early deflected effort with a good reaction save. Before too long however, good link up play from Isaac O’Connor and the in-form Josh Seymour put us in the lead, Seymour finding the goal with an easy tap in. Isaac O’Connor added to his already impressive tally this season with two fine individual efforts, before a momentary lapse of concentration allowed a long ball through our back line to an unmarked Harvey striker, who made it 3-1 at the break.

In the second half, some good picks at the back from Craig Alder and hassling from debutant Tom Hume kept us in front, before fitness and commitment started to shine through and give us momentum over the home side. Alongside the hard work of the defence, strong wing play from James Putter and Charles Woodham allowed us to attack on the break. They fed Josh Seymour who finished a superb hat-trick with a strike from the top of the D, which rattled off both posts before finding the goal. Argyrides continued to make some good saves, while we retained more of the ball, making use of possession in order to tire the opposition. Seymour added to his tally in the final minutes, finishing from an Ed Kirkpatrick cross, making the final score an impressive 7-1 against what must be considered a good team. However, it was only due to the hard legwork done by all the team, and the passion shown in all aspects of the match which ensured this win by such a comfortable margin.

Final Score: 7-1 (Josh Seymour (4), Isaac O’Connor (3))

Man of the Match: Josh Seymour    

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