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Mens 8th XI - Match centre

Redditch 4
Worcester 8
Sat 18 Feb 13:30 - Central - South West 2 Full time

4-2 loss, in a game we should have won

Hopefully, what we can gain from this is the realisation of how blessed we are with the ones we have in our club. Sorry it takes others to make us app

We are truly grateful to all those who help make our games possible. This includes the umpires. I know that we would not be able to have so much fun playing the sport we love if it was not for their time and commitment to our clubs and our game. I am therefore not wanting to write my report completely knocking them especially when we have lost. However, you must know you have had a shocker when one of the opposition players comes up to shake my hand at the end of the game and says sorry for our umpire ... "if I could surgically plant his whistle ... (I'll leave the rest!)". Then over a beer their captain comes and apologises for the same umpire saying we all feel the same way but it's really not our choice.

Hopefully, what we can gain from this is the realisation of how blessed we are with the ones we have in our club. Sorry it takes others to make us appreciate you more.

The game started very well and the 8s dominated possession for the first ten minutes. They they fell to a careless goal, letting Redditch 4s create a little pressure. This was followed by an error in decisions of the officials in awarding a penalty flick. A decision that the umpire nearer the play disagreed it was a flick. With a little yelling from myself on the sideline, the 8s found spaces and started a passing game. Worcester played their best hockey for the last ten minutes of the first half. Triangles and short pass and moves from the left back, through the left wing, finishing with a pass across to far post, provided Ryan ClairePaul Russell with an easy pass into the goal to make it 2-1.

A half time debrief and a very quick response via a passing movement in a short corner, led to a goal finished by George Pawson, making it 2-2. Redditch 4s learnt though that they only had to keep possession long enough in the Worcester end and they would be awarded decision and after decision. This included an abundance of short corners to them and a very harsh green card to Stee Preater. Worcester struggled at dealing with so many decisions given against them and their heads went down and their play deteriorated. We lost our short pass and move play. We did not move into spaces, which put pressure on sixteen yard hits being hit for a six and we became very narrow. Players who started well, stopped creating width etc. All of this led to the balance of play ending with Redditch who walked away victorious.

A 4-2 loss to the 8s. Special mentions must go to Stee Preater who had one of his best games for the 8s and my man of the match to Ryan ClairePaul Russell who got himself in some great places, just needed the rest of us to deliver more to him which would have undoubtedly sealed it for us.

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League round up

Other South West 2 results

Old Halesonians 5
Hampton-in-Arden 4
Olton & West Warwick 6
Khalsa 4
Sutton Coldfield 9
Stratford 5


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Old Silhillians 4 19 41
2. Worcester 8 20 29
3. Hampton-in-Arden 4 5 13
4. Redditch 4 5 9
5. Edgbaston 8 5 8
6. Khalsa 4 5 7
7. Sutton Coldfield 9 13 7


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