Scorers: Ashley Hooker
MoM: the Burnt Ash Keeper
We approached Saturday’s match at home to Burnt Ash 4 with a mixture of confidence from our unbeaten start to the season but also with a slight air of concern as several key players were away for the half term break. The opposition with the odd exception were an experienced crew whereas we were relying on youthful exuberance and hopefully as the game progressed younger fitter legs that would wear them down, and that’s just Scorsese!
As it turned out we had the lions share of possession in the first half and created numerous chances with some slick moves however Burnt Ash stood firm and presented a danger on the quick break that the home defence marshalled well.
Nil all at half time and the team talk reinforced that we were playing well but needed to move the ball a little quicker and go around the opposition not through them. We just needed to be patient, positive and carry on creating chances and be a little more composed in and around the D. we did that in parts and played some decent hockey if a little frantic in parts however the opposition did manage to hit us with a sucker punch and scored with probably one of only two shots they had on target during the game. There is a fighting spirit in this Griffins squad and we pushed for the equaliser, even Herman made it into the Burnt Ash half at least twice! The equaliser came from a melee in the Burnt Ash D when the ball was passed back to Ashley on the top left of the D and he expertly flicked the ball over the prone keeper and through several defenders into the net.
We huffed and puffed a lot as we pushed for a deserved winner in the last 10 minutes and despite a few half chances and the vast majority of the possession we could not blow the Burnt Ash house down. So the game ended up one each, a good point coming from behind and our unbeaten run continues albeit feels like two points dropped. MoM goes to the Burnt Ash keeper for some excellent saves that kept them in the game especially in the first half.
Normal reporting duties might be resumed next week as our regular correspondent is busy seeking out locations for his next blockbuster film and our non-playing Captain is away on a bungee jumping holiday in the Alps.