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Spencer Men's Vets
Reading Rustlers
Sat 17 Nov TBC - Higgins Group London Hockey League - Vets Division 1 Full time

Great Team Performance

Extending winning streak

V late Rustlers write up: an evenly matched contest with the Rustlers 11 facing a relatively young and very numerous Spencer squad.

Honours were broadly even in the first half, with just one goal separating the teams – Tim Armitage putting away a ball that was knocked chest high in the D by Spencer – many complaints from them that Tim had chested it down (which would have been a corner)– he confirmed it was his stick and that’s good enough for me.

We tired a little in the second half and conceded a couple of goals in relatively quick order – Spencer moving the ball swiftly through midfield and attacking at speed.

We dug deep and kept working, and got a little fortunate when a crashed ball into the D was deflected high by Spencer and Steve Brady popped up to get a deflection high into the net. We were perhaps even more fortunate when Spencer had a justifiable shout for a penalty stroke (a penalty corner given instead by one of their umpires). Justifiably upset they lost a little focus, failed to stop the injection and a swift clearance up the pitch found Brady wide in the D and he crashed it home from an implausibly wide angle. 3-2 with a few mins to go, and we held on to the ball well to take the three points.

There were relatively few chances for either team and we failed to win a corner in the game – the difference between us was that we took the few chances we had and they fluffed theirs.

Another great team performance from a bare 11 to keep the Rustlers’ winning streak intact. Well done all!

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Vets Division 1 results

Tulse Hill and Dulwich Artillery
Epsom HC Embers
Southgate Flagons
Hampstead and Westminster Men's Vets
Wimbledon Masters 1sts
Old Georgians Fire
Surbiton Jokers
East Grinstead Men's Vets

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