Won 6 – 2
Scorers: Rich Pollot x 3 – Paul Batchelor x 2 – Jonathan Adams
A late start at Polo made even later by Bromley & Becs who turned up right on 4pm and declared to be one short. Having watched enough of the Rugby world cup we knew that being one short often does all sorts of strange things to commitment, play and results. We stayed firm with our wish to play fast passing and free flowing hockey with space to create the vital goal openings. Having been humbled by a determined Herne Bay last week we truly wanted to get the season going and going well.
A remarkable goal line save by one of their backs reminded us the numerical advantage was not ‘a given’ in terms of results. However having been rebuffed once it was not long before the rally cry of pass the ball round them created the necessary space for a string of short corners and from it the chance for Rich to slap and bash two goals in. The midfield of John, Jimmy and James managed to create the necessary space for forward Max and Paul to pull the opposition defence from side to side. Another short corner allowed Rich to complete his hattrick, following a fast paced attack up the left.
Jonathan came on mid way through the half and for the next 45 minutes displayed a growing confidence and skill set that will probably see him promoted after Christmas. He got his goal reward after numerous marauding runs downs the right that left defenders in his wake. Coxy supported well as the attacks grew and as always Jimmy did much to settle the side with a calm confidence and control that is so infectious.
The defence of Jo, Mike, Graeme and Stuart managed the few attacks from the opposition well and left David with little to do in the goal, but it must be said the growing confidence of the Squires at 4 – 0 left him completely exposed and the opposition sneaked a goal.
Paul Batchelor however was on hand to poach a couple of goals as the game ebbed towards its natural conclusion and with that the goal difference maintained despite another sneaky goal conceded after continued determination and hope from Bromley & Becs.
A satisfying win which redresses the goal difference over two games – down to the coast next week to play a second XI team that will be better set at home and most probably with a full compliment of eleven!