It was a turbulent, windy and wet encounter for the Havant U12 Boys as they travelled to Winchester in their second friendly fixture of the season.
Disaster was to strike pre-match as Lance injured himself slipping off the pitch, really unfortunate as we know he was looking forward to getting involved in his debut for the club. Next time Lance!
Unabated from this early setback and with snorkels, flippers and rubber rings at the ready the boys (and our 2 volunteer girls) took to the pitch eager to improve against our previous display at Chichester the week before.
Once again Total Hockey was on the menu, the starter was defence, the pudding attack and total commitment an accompanying side dish for this team intent on greater things.
We spoke this week about working on playing the full length of the pitch and the first half was a feast of goal shot action from Team Havant who worked hard to maintain their formation.
The first half we pressed hard but were unable to break down the opposition defence and especially the Winchester keeper who thwarted multiple attacks. Phil again proved lively in attack hitting the post with some excellent wing play from Reuben which gave the team real width.
Some intricate play on the wing between Toby our winger, Tom and Fred let to a lot of success on the right side of the pitch.
We didn’t have it all our own way and the team were hit on the break a number of times where our defensive wall of Alice and Danny ably dispatched any notions of goals. Ben commanded well from the Goal and saved a number of well hit chances.
The Havant pressure continued till the last 30 seconds of the first half where after some close in confusion in the D (we’ll blame the rain) lead to a scrambled goal from the opposition.
0-1 at Half Time.
In true Clive Woodward era sports physiology we spoke about going into the second half 0-0, everything was still to play for.
Austin worked hard in defence and then attack as he played multiple roles for the team and Imogen put in a good shift on the left wing making some great passes.
Alice pushed up the pitch and Heath pushed into defence where he gave a great display with a number of clearances for the team. Charlie played in goal in the second half letting Ben go for a well deserved roast dinner. Charlie made a number of excellent saves as the game opened up and the teams tired.
Robert put in a skilful shift working hard in midfield with Matthew who was the epitome of the box to box midfielder. Matthew had a number of chances looking to emulate “top bins” from the week before, but it wasn’t to be. Fred and Tom continued to boss the attack and were involved in all our moves.
As the second half went on the game opened up further and there were some very good passages of passing and play from the boys/girls.
Alas with all the chances the game wasn’t to be ours, with sustained pressure till the last seconds of the game we couldn’t break down the winchester keeper.
All in all a great game, building from what was learnt the week before. What really struck me post match was the positive attitude the boys had. Team Captain Tom summed it up well “just a few points to work on and we’ll be there”… and indeed we will Tom!
Man of the Match - Fred
Players player - Toby
Many thanks to Emily for helping pitch side, Kevin for umpiring and all the parents supporting (wet) from the sidelines.