Nathan Goddard reports
At the end of the Lent term we set out in beautiful and sunny conditions to face St Joseph’s away from home. We started the match positively and a good piece of movement by Daniel Davies allowed him to take the ball inside the area before passing across the goal to find his forward partner George Rufford at the back post who swept the ball in. Not too long after Daniel found himself in more space on the right side of the area. This time he played a cross across the area to find Josh Graves who took a touch before reverse tomahawking the ball into the top corner leaving the keeper no chance. Later on in that half Noah Lewington made a great save to his right making sure we had the lead 2-0 at half time. However, just after the break St Joseph’s pulled one back after repeated shots on our goal and it was not long before they scored a second from a short corner after some miscommunication. Eventually we kicked our second half into life with Oli Buchanan pouncing on a misplaced pass to slot the ball home from the edge of the area. We had further chances to score more goals and put the game to bed after more good leads from the forwards. However, neither side was able to score any more goals leaving us with a hard fought 3-2 win.
Two days later we faced Framlingham away from home. After being defeated in a tournament earlier on in the year we hoped for better this time, but within the first few minutes of the match we conceded a goal to a short corner. However, for the rest of the half the teams were evenly matched, and we twice came close to equalising when first Alex Weir-Simmons hit the crossbar and then Danny Norman hit the post. As the second half started we had even more chances but we were unable to put any into the back of the net, only for Framlingham to score from another short corner. There would be two more goals from open play in the rest of the match but unfortunately both were scored by Framlingham. Special mention must go to Oliver Juszt for once again making some outstanding saves. Despite being defeated there were many positives to be taken from the match including the amount of chances created and the quality of our hockey.