East Grinstead 0 Reading 3By Reading Hockey Club • Dec 8th, 2012 • Category: M1, Match Reports
Sunday 2nd December 2012
Match Report from Julious Breucker
Sunday’s match at East Grinstead was very important for several reasons; first of all it was against East Grinstead which always makes it a very special match for both teams – especially motivating for Reading after the disappointing 4-5 loss in the previous match early in the season. Secondly, it was a chance to reward the teams’s good performances during the last couple of weeks where they did not get the results their perfromances deserved. Lastly, it was the last outdoor match 2012 and everyone wanted to finish the first half of the season with three points.
On freezing 3°C the match started 15 minutes late because the umpires were stuck in traffic, but as soon as the match finally started, Reading began strongly and put some good pressure on the East Grinstead defence. After 28 minutes of good fast hockey, mainly dominated by Reading but with chances for both sides, Richard Mantell scored the second corner for Reading to make it 1-0 at halftime.
During the second half, East Grinstead had their chances through three penalty corners, but all of those were very well saved by the Reading defence and goalkeeper James Bailey. With 58 minutes gone, team captain Richard Springham converted a well played Reading attack with a lovely strike in the bottom left corner for a deserved 2-0 lead. East Grinstead pushed to get back into the game, but after the Reading defence held firm, Tom Carson converted the third corner for Reading for a decisive 3-0 lead 3 minutes before the final whistle. Grinstead had no more cards to play and Reading could have made it even 4-0, but missed some more good chances.
With this deserved and very important win for the team, Reading moved up to fifth place in the table and have a good chance to make it into the final playoffs in 2013. With Sunday’s match being the last outdoor match of a great hockey year, the whole team now turns its attention to the upcoming indoor season 2012/2013 and their road to qualify for a Super Sixes final place at Wembley Arena in January..
Thanks to Ian A Wood for the photos.