Scorers: Ashley Hooker (?), Ethan Aitken
MoM: Matt Swaffer
DoD: Les Gurubatham
The big re-match between the Griffins and the 5s took place on the show pitch with partisan supporters from both sides and the a number of interested other parties out to enjoy the ambience of a late afternoon game in the cold on the show pitch.
As expected from two teams sitting in mid-table the affair was end to end with both sides looking to take the early advantage. The Griffins played their usual up-tempo game looking to pass the ball around whilst the 5s seemed to want to play up the middle and into the Griffins hands and were picked off before causing any real damage. The Griffins finally got the breakthrough from a short corner that as usual broke down but somehow found its way into the net following a few deflections, possibly Ashley was the scorer. With 10 minutes to half time the Griffins made things trickier for themselves when Les had a different idea to what had transpired to that of the umpire, Lee (thank you), and was asked to spend a few minutes on the side lines. So 1-0 at half time. The half time team talk was upbeat and asked for more of the same, after all bragging rights were at stake.
The second half began with a few positional and team changes but the Griffins continued to press winning countless fruitless short corners but certainly the dangerous of the two sides playing some nice passing hockey. Once more the Grifflet forwards in Ethan and debutant Barney harried the 5s defence into errors by putting on the pressure and this was copied all round the field, we just wanted it more. Matt Swaffer then neatly won the ball in his own half and raided up the pitch combining well with Ethan and allowing Ethan to take the ball round the keeper to score and seal the points.
Any number of Grifflets could have been MoM, mention made of Barney (quickly finding his feet in mens hockey), Jonathan ( a constant thorn down the right) and Ethan but this week it went to Matt Swaffer for making the winning goal and for just doing the right thing everytime in both attack and defence. Home again next week against Sutton Valence.