Welwyn 6 – 6 Spencer
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Walcountian Blues 2’s 6 – 6 Spencer 2’s
The 2’s were pitched against Blues 2’s in the first game of the new term and came away with a hard fought 6-6 draw against the side who beat us comprehensively last time round. If we’d been offered this result before the game we’d probably have taken it but in truth were left a little disappointed at the end as we took a three goal lead into the final quarter.
The defense started the second half of the season where they left off with an excellent performance. Si Kindred took a deserved second place in man of the match vote with Sho taking the top spot after another great showing between the sticks. On top of this, Bill and Ed did a great job limiting the influence of Blues #35 who was a proper handful and Fred put in a tidy all round performance with some good clears & breaks down field.
Middies worked hard – always necessary on the Blues pitch which is pretty large and also on a slope. Attack was a mixed bag – there were some good periods of settled play but we struggled to get the final pass in and we wasted some golden chances one on one. That said, the blues defence was pretty effective and goalie made some great stops.
Special mention goes to Neil White who swapped the goalie stick for a short stick and played middie. He came close to scoring his first ever goal – but following a well timed cut and decent take his luck ran out and the opportunity came to nothing!!!!
So, cobwebs blown off, some more valuable points in the bag…… looking forward to meeting Portsmouth next week.
Spencer 3’s 7 – 7 London University
A game of two halves. Spencer were 4-0 up at the start of the 2nd quarter and making it look easy, but London Uni got back into the game with some great lacrosse.
London looked to be at full strength with about 15 players suited and ready to run. Spencer also had good numbers but this included 4 or 5 for whom it was their first game of the season, and although experienced players, the lack of true match fitness may of been a factor as the students won the ground ball battle and piled on the pressure as they clawed back the Spencer lead.
Both teams had good chances to win it at the death. Spencer hit the post and, if not for an overcooked feed, could of had Spencer debutant, Hugh MacTruong, with a one-on-one in front of goal. London were stopped on at least three occasions by last-gasp diving defenders or the ever-reliable Colin Byrne between the pipes.
A game not lost is not what Spencer 3’s need at this time in the season. This was pencilled as a winnable game, which means we’re going to have to sneak one against a more fancied opposition over the coming weeks.
Quarter scores; 3-0 / 4-2 / 7-5 / 7-7