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Mens 3rd XI - Match centre

Blackheath & Elthamians 3
Bromley & Beckenham 5
Sat 20 Oct 15:30 - Men's South Hockey League - Kent Division 2 Full time Attendance 65



3s see a return to winning ways

A seemingly endless availability crisis has seen underwhelming performances from the 3s over the past 2 weeks. Entering into this local derby the message was simple control the ball, control the game.

The 3s started strongly with and early goal against a weakened 9-man side from BromBecks and the game play had changed without knowing if reinforcements would soon arrive BEHC went on the attack pilling on the pressure while BromBecks threw every man behind the ball.
A congested first half ensued with BEHC moving the ball well round the back and through the midfield to open up the space but some sturdy defending from the travelling team meant BEHC where only to capitalise on their player advantage twice in the first half.

Half Time 2-0

A target was set of 4 goals in the second half and a clean sheet. BEHC again started well however a moment of hideous honesty from Fenno Outen deliberately kicking the ball to BromBecks forward to compensate a foul the umpires had not seen. BromBecks response to this honesty? A quick free hit and one-on-one against James Kelly calmly slotted home. A lesson learned let the umpires blow the whistle and take the good with the bad.

The BEHC structure began to falter as BEHC committed more and more men forward in the search of glory despite the cries and shrieks from centre back Michael Earnshaw. Fortunately, the positive work from the first half had tired the opposition enough that BEHC were able to calmly play the ball around for a number of well worked finishes from close range as well as a smartly finished reverse from Richard Archibald and a rocket to the top corner from James Hatcher.

BromBecks made a few counter attacks which were mostly calmly dispatched by the defence however on another day could have caused problems if BEHC don’t maintain their structure and discipline.

MOM: Rafael Castelo
DOD(s): Fenno Outen (Gifting the opposition a goal with his honesty); Jade Bloomfield (Getting beaten up by a 14yr old)

Richard Archibald x3
James Hatcher x2
Rafael Castelo x 1

Team selection

Kelly, James Kelly, James
Earnshaw, Michael Earnshaw, Michael
Outen, Fenno Outen, Fenno
Brown, Louis Brown, Louis
Dow, Scott Dow, Scott
Clark, Josh Clark, Josh
Castelo, Rafael Castelo, Rafael
Hatcher, James Hatcher, James
Basham, Alastair Basham, Alastair
Surry , Nick Surry , Nick
Archibald, Richard Archibald, Richard

League round up

Other Kent Division 2 results

Canterbury [5] 4
Herne Bay 2
Gore Court 3
Sevenoaks 4
Holcombe [5] 3
Tunbridge Wells 2
Canterbury [6] Millers


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Tunbridge Wells 2 22 64
2. Canterbury [5] 4 22 45
3. Herne Bay 2 22 45
4. Blackheath & Elthamians 3 22 39
5. Canterbury [6] Millers 22 35
6. Old Williamsonians 2 22 31
7. Gore Court 3 22 29

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