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Men's Highwaymen - Match centre

Blackheath & Elthamians Highwaymen
Holcombe 6
Sat 2 Mar 10:30 - Kent Men's Outdoor Hockey League - Kent Open Division 2 Full time

4 goal win and a clean sheet

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Who’d have thought the Highwaymen would finally decide to use their wings.

The opposition, propping up the bottom of the table should not have presented us a problem, however, nobody told them! They pushed, probed and defended with resolution. They did not give up for the whole 70 minutes. For this reason, the overall tally was only 4 goals.
It took 34 minutes and a cracking pass by Ravi Wickramasurya into the D for Christian Manito to break the deadlock.

Despite the opposition’s best efforts, the Highwaymen’s relentless passing hockey down both flanks proved too much for them. Any number of the home side could have and indeed should have scored. The final honours went to Ben Baker (1) and Matt Robinson (2) in the second half.

The opposition have great little winger who, although being about half the height and a third of the volume, gave Chris Bernard a very busy time. It was a joy to watch from the sideline!

The game was competitive, played with enthusiasm and good spirit. Both umpires did a great job, Marley Jones and Callum Mitchell kept the game flowing and gave no cause for challenged decisions.

Man of the Match ended up as the captain’s decision. Just about every player, justifiably, had their name put in the frame. Matt Robinson got the final recognition.

Squad: Chris Bernard, Tom Conway, Phil Kinch, Rich Cleall, Ravi Wickramasuriya, Greg Dowse, Matt Robinson, Pat Gainey, Christian Manito, Ben Baker, Ben Corsie, Stephen Gilbert (Capt.)

[Regular scribe Tim ‘kitbitch’ Walters is away – obvs!]

Three games to go. Next week's match against the league leaders Herne Bay will be critical if the Highwaymen to finish in the top two.

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Other Kent Open Division 2 results

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2
Gillingham Anchorians 3
3
3
Marden Russets 4
Holcombe 5a
3
3
Folkestone Optimist 7

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Herne Bay 4 18 41
2. Holcombe 5a 18 34
3. Blackheath & Elthamians Highwaymen 18 33
4. Blackheath & Elthamians Dynamos 18 31
5. Gillingham Anchorians 3 18 28
6. Marden Russets 4 18 24
7. Burnt Ash 6 18 24

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