Reading Refills 6 Chiswick PHC 0By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 30th, 2013 • Category: Match Reports, Refills
27/10/13 Sonning Lane
The Refills came into this top of the table vs bottom of the table with confidence and a squad of 15 as Scott Wall was a little under the weather after catching a throat infection in France so it was decided he was practising his kissing too much!
The sun was out and the crowd was strong made up of some talented hockey players and some average, injured ones and also Laz. The game started with the sun in the Refills eyes which did not stop the them from having a good “old school Arsenal” passing routine. It switched through Barbour who was manning the central defence with the trusted partner Denchie. Ed Lowe was making some early runs up the wing mainly as he was on the side of the crowd so he wanted to woo them with his silky skills. Ed was helping Reza up the left hand side and again Reza was enjoying the encouragement of the crowd “If you feed Razor, he will score” yet to be decided. Rory Tuz was back from locating himself in the SW of the country and visibly enjoying his hockey sporting a countryfile style organic facial growth.
As the pressure grew, Kempie in the Refills goal had plenty of time to look at hot air balloons and whilst he was scratching his helmet, Ali H dribbled past a couple of the Chiswick defenders with ease, dropped the ball out to Nic Barton on the wing who drove the line, cracked a cross over which was easily dispatched by Ali turning that pressure into a score. The second goal came pretty quickly after another blast by Razor added to pressure on the left hand side of the oppositions D and the long corner saw a ball swung across the D and bang, Tino popped up out of nowhere to collect the ball with speed and skills no-one knew he possessed and then he slotted it past the ever tiring goal keeper. The pressure kept mounting and 5 mins before half time after a great run, the one man team wipe out machine got into the D and smashed a goal home – one for Toby HB. A reasonably relaxed half time talk from Lavers highlighted the good play but lets look for great play in the second half and not sit back on this. Some idle chat around other subjects then back onto it.
The refills pushed up and after all the short corners in the first half that were not converted the second half short corner saw a dark character jogging up form defence. Yes Dench had managed to persuade people that he can drag flic, Lavers and Barbour were not too sure on the validity of this claim but sure enough, the ball flew out, stopped and then Dench connected and kept it low to the side of the goal keeper and bang, 4 – 0 up. The crowd were baying for a double figure score but the opposition were still putting up a fight in defence where they were most the game.
The next goal after getting the defence involved came from Ed Lowe who had showed some flare form the back and was rewarded with a spell up front to bemuse the Chiswick defenders. He managed to break through (easily) and smashed the ball against the goal keeper which was saved but knocked the keeper to the floor so Lowe calmly took the ball back and lifted it over the goal keeper to the delight of the crowd 5 – 0.
The final goal soon came from the stick of Ali H which made him search for an illustrious hat trick in the dying minutes but this goal was a good controlled finish whilst the goal keeper went for a cup of tea in the dugout – his hat trick did not appear and the game finished 6 – 0 to keep the RHC Refills at the top of the table.
Kempie touched it twice in goal and although fed with ball, on this occasion Razor was the supplier of the final ball and not the goal machine we were waiting for.
Crowd attendance – 32 (at its peak) and 1 dog