Highlights of the Now:Pensions Premier division game between Reading and Hampstead and Westminster. 20/10/13
A RHTV look back at the EHL 1.2 weekend in Lille for the Mens 1s team. Featuring a mix of in-house footage and EHL video, with kind permission from Infostrada Sports.
Men’s Premier League 1st XI Match Report
Following a heavy schedule of EHL qualification in Lille and overcoming Bath Buccs in the 2nd round of the cup on Tuesday night, the Men’s 1st headed to Surbiton. Surbiton had also secured their place in the next round of EHL, but then lost heavily to Canterbury, making this an unpredictable fixture. Reading had a good deal of possession in the first half, but despite having a lot of the ball didn’t convert their early pressure into goals.
It was a fine counter-attacking move which saw Reading move into a 1-0 lead. Chris Newman carried the ball powerfully over half way and deftly slid the ball on to Andy Watts. Watts then exchanged a one-two with Jonty Clarke before sliding and forcing the ball home. Reading were good value for the lead with Bailey rarely called into action, barring one outstanding stick save low to his right.
A firmly struck short corner from James Tindall saw Surbiton level the scores at 1-1. On review of the video, the ball takes a deflection of not only Spring but Jacko on the post, to wend its way in to the goal. One of the most fortuitous goals Reading are likely to concede all year.
The second half became slightly fractious with a number of cards being issued. Reading indeed played a spell with 9 men when Chris Cargo hurled his handbag at one of the opposition, which unfortunately the umpire saw. However, Reading adjusted well and held off some determined and direct Surbiton pressure.
Late pressure resulted in two penalty corners, which saw Kettle save well from both Tom Carson and Richard Mantell. The bench and crowd also thought Jonty Clarke was going to seal it with a dramatic dive in the last couple of minutes. However, he was unable to quite reach a visionary cross field ball from Jon Codling.
So, the game finished with honours even and the Blues left frustrated at not taking the 3 points. They now have a chance to bounce back against 2nd place East Grinstead, in a game that will be a measure of Reading’s progress this year. Your support at the Lane would be welcome, 2.30pm, Sunday 10th November.