Reading 11 – Hampstead & Westminster 1By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 22nd, 2013 • Category: Home Page, M1, Match Reports
Sunday 20th October 2013 saw the welcome return of two Reading old boys, Iain Mackay and Tom Woolven, with their new side Hampstead. With the London side sitting 4th in the league, Reading were braced for a tough afternoon at the Lane. The weather did its best to add to this and interrupt the pre-match routine of both teams. At one point it was looking possible there would be no play at all. However, after a delay of 45 minutes the rain eased and both teams prepared for action. This brought about an abrupt end to coffee drinking and changing room football, at which Cars and Cheese were annoyingly competent, and both sides took to the pitch.
It was Reading who started more brightly and were soon in the lead through a Jonty Clarke “poacher’s” brace. This settled the crowd’s nerves as with the newly found prolific goal scorer Dan Shingles missing with a hamstring strain, they were surely wondering where the goals would come from. They need not worry, as goals from Cargo, Wattsy, Cat and Newmo saw the home side race to a 6-0 half time lead as the Blues produced some of their best hockey in recent years. This led to the team being applauded from the pitch, a real compliment from the hardy supporters.
Coach Charlie Seccombe set the challenge of more goals in the second half and he would not be disappointed. Tom Carson netted a powerful short corner before Cargo and Watts added further close range efforts after neatly worked team moves. Simon Mantell delivered an accurately placed slip flick to make it 10, which looked like the last scoring action of the game. However, his elder brother had other ideas. A thick edge flew past the previously impenetrable Bailey, who was looking good for 3 consecutive clean sheets.
There was still time for one more goal as Newman started and finished a flowing move to rack up Reading’s 11th goal of the day and complete the rout. The win sets up the side nicely for next week’s EHL clashes against Rotterdam and hosts Lille. The Blues are next in action at Sonning Lane in a re-arranged cup game against Team Bath on the 29th October, 7.50pm. Lets hope for lots more goals in those games to add to this season’s impressive tally!
Finally, thank you to the Perse School for all your help clearing the pitch of water before the game and your excellent ball patrol.