GS: Kip Ward 1-F K Woolhouse 2-PC,F Matt Dewhurst 2-F,F J McKane 1-F
A new season, a new division (up from Division 6 to 5), a new team number (up from 8’s to 7’s) – what would it all mean for us as we started our first league match? We started confidently enough, with some promising moves. However, we were showing a few rusty start-of-season traits – teeing up our shots a few times too many, taking time to make our passes. Gradually, we started to dominate possession, with Pat Ward directing operations masterfully in the middle; a few short corners were won, and Adam White narrowly missed either side of the goal. Then a flowing move along the left saw the ball worked to Kip Ward and his firm shot found the backboard for the first goal.
The half-time talk focused on moving the ball quicker and getting our shots in. Like all good teenagers, our team responded to these words of wisdom and set about demolishing Wakefield in the second half. There was great width and movement now, and the ball flowed from player to player with speed. A well-worked short corner found its way to Kristian Woolhouse on the far post and he slotted it in. Then a surging run by Tom Woodruff down the right went all the way to the byeline before he pulled it back for Matthew Dewhurst to score number 3. A fourth soon followed with Jamie McKane firing in from the top of the D.
Cruising at 4-0, the captain thought it was comfortable enough to substitute himself for the rest of the half. The team took that as a signal to take a breather, and go to sleep, as Wakefield came back with 2 goals in a five minute spell. Order was soon restored, thankfully, as another move down the right threaded the ball into the area for Kristian Woolhouse to finish off. Two goals in the first game! Better than the tally for the whole of last season! Well done, Kris! Matthew Dewhurst than finished off the scoring with a firm shot deflected past the keeper.
Plaudits to the defence for a solid game: Tim Baggaley in goal, Oliver Jones, Luke Middleton and Harry Curtis. And a special word of congratulations to our two players moved up from the development squad: Kip Ward lead the line brilliantly, and was foiled by some great goalkeeping on a number of occasions; and Luke Russell ran his socks off, and was at the heart of many fine moves.
Scorers: Kip Ward (Free Play), Kristian Woolhouse 2 (Penalty Corner and Free Play), Matthew Dewhurst 2 (both Free Play), Jamie McKane (Free Play)