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Adrian Potter 

 

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Chak Beagley 

 

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VS ROMSEY 1S 15TH FEBRUARY 2020

Match Report Written by Elliot M

Poole 1 vs romsey 1

Top of the table clash today with storm Dennis in the air 😅🤷‍♂️, the game got off to a good start for Poole as we were on the front foot winning a P flick in the first 10 mins. Sam slotted it in the left corner 1-0 I got a green card for talking to there player 🤷‍♂️😅. The game got underway, we kept piling on the pressure again and again testing the keeper left right and centre until i decided to pick the ball up after a foul and get a yellow card (dont ask why I did It it just happend). after that Sam and Chris S they played some nice 1 2's with Chris slotting the ball in the bottom corner. Poole piled on the pressure again and got another chance with chris entereing the top of the D and smashed it, there keeper made a diving save but sam was there to volley it in off the rebound. Half time

The second half was a bit messy getting several cards from me (I know again) chak, nick twice, james for a 'meaty' stick tackle and jason ( his first ever yellow card). Chris t must of eaten his weetabix as he was like a cat in goal. Romsey scored 3 but that dosent reflect on the game and the saves he made. Last 10 mins where a bit rugby like to say the least, as one of the romsey players went through my poor little stick body like a train and bent me in half :) (but there was no card given 🙃🤷‍♂️) final score 3-3

Still top of the table bring on Trojans next week!!!!!

VS HASLEMERE 2S 8TH FEBRUARY 2020

Match Report Written by Ben P

The men’s 1’s were on the road again this weekend, this time away at Halsemere. A promising start was made by Poole in the opening exchanges, however it was the home side that took the lead. An aerial from a Halsemere defender was miss trapped by Raj, this allowed the oppositions forward through on goal which he made no mistake (1-0). Going behind early causes frustration within the Poole ranks, usually we are 2 up in the first ten so big test of character was ahead.

Poole bounced back straight away through some tidy link up play between myself and Ells, with Ells flicking the ball into to corner to level the game (1-1). Poole then took the lead through some of excellent play down the right hand side by Toby, he found Ells who managed the square to ball to myself and I flicked the ball into a half empty goal (1-2). Halsemere then earned a short corner, they had some specialists in their side and made it count drilling the ball into Poole’s backboard (2-2). Half time came with nothing to separate the sides, could Poole take control in the 2nd half to continue their push for promotion against this well organised Halsemere side?

The 2nd half began with Halsemere in control, they used this to their advantage by winning a short corner. They managed to find the net to take the lead (3-2), this left Poole up a massive uphill battle to keep their promotion hopes in their hands. With the game coming to its conclusion could Poole mount a comeback?

Once again Poole managed it, strikes from Sam and Nick restored the lead with not much time left in the game (3-4). The away side then went straight into game management mode, this worked perfect as Sam dropped in front of the defence. He broke down everything Halsemere had left to throw at Poole. Nick a long side him won the ball back and with a clipped reverse pass to go Ells through on goal, he made no mistake to put the game to bed with seconds to spare (3-5). The full time whistle was met with celebrations from the Poole players with this comeback win, 3 points on the road again to keep the promotion push on track.

Man of the match went to Nick for his tireless work in the middle, a solid performance from the central midfielder.

DOTD went to myself for asking if anyone had a spare hockey I could borrow for the Mrs’s works drama performance, any reason will do these days 🤷🏻‍♂️🥫

VS CHICHESTER 3S 1ST FEBRUARY 2020

Match Report Written by Chakheam B

Today saw the mens 1st XI take the long diverted trip away to Chichester. With a 1:45 push back, we set off from Ashdown at 10(without the away kit). Turning up in Chi early we had time for a short shopping spree in Game, Set and Match and breakfast at McDonald's before we were ready for the pitch.

Vice Captain Oliver Hogdman tossed up and set the tone of the day with a win, therefore giving Poole the ball to start the game. First whistle blows, Elliott passes the ball to the defenders who retain possession for a while just to settle the nerves. Minutes into the game Chak finds Tom Perry on right wing with an aerial pass, Tom takes it down and charges down the line rounding 2 players, squares the ball to Sam Butterfield who takes it past the keeper and shoots into the open net. Out of nowhere a flying defender hooks it off the line conceding a short corner in the process. Credit where credits due, it was a phenomenal save. We set up for the short corner, Elliott injected to Chak who stopped it and watched as Nick Jeffery wahooed the ball into the top banjo... 1-0 Poole

Chi restarted the game but gave the ball back to us deep in our own half. Ball over the top again, this time it fell to Elliott who ran into the 25 and got mauled by a pack of angry players resulting in another short corner. We called the same routine and Nick, again, dispatched the ball into the top, right onion bag. 2-0 to the visitors.

Chi restarted the game again and this time seemed determined to score, the umpires saw a few too many fouls from Olly who got binned for 2. little did Chi know Chris Townend was in no mood for their shenanigans. Everything they threw at him was batted away with disdain... until a hopefull smash into the D was deflected goalwards, nothing the keeper could do. 2-1
Poole started to find their form again and broke the D. Another reckless tackle by the Chi defenders drew another short, and a card for the offender. In the huddle, Nick confidently exclaimed 'I'm gunna get my first ever first team hattrick' obviously, he didnt. This brought a sustained spell of pressure from chichester but, fortunately we could weather this storm due to some fantastic saves from chris, goal line clearances and phenomenal tackling by Olly, James, Freddie, Chak and the rest of the team.

Half time came and Poole led 2-1, some inspiring words from Aidy saw Poole dominate the opening few minutes of the first half but Chichesters formation change had Poole penned back in their own 23 for large periods of the game. A hopefull ball forward from Olly saw us win another short. Without nick on the pitch the decision was made for sam to flick. When the short corner broke down the ball fell to Tom, wide of the D, who flicked wide of the top corner... elliott jumped, spun and managed to delect the ball into the goal. 3-1. This was to be Pooles last real attack. The rest of the game consisted of fantastic team and defensive work from every single player, during this time Chak was sent off for time wasting.
With 15 minutes to go we were to succumb to the pressure conceding a short corner. This short corner was saved initially but eventually was slapped under the scrambling goal keeper. 3-2. A save percentage of 95% for short corners still represents a good day at the office for the keeper.

The dying minutes of the game saw Sam Butterfield get a yellow for arguing with the umpire and Casey getting a yellow for a horrendous tackle. Casey officially played 4 minutes and was sin binned for 5. With Casey getting his yellow the whistle blew for full time with only the matter of a last Chichester short corner to deal with.
The ball gets injected, the stopper fumbles, the ball goes right to an attacker but as he shoots Chak manages to deflect it wide.

A special mention to Jason, Josh and Vinney for running out for short corners, most of the oppositions shorts were stopped at the top of the D.
The game ends with Poole winning for the first time ever away at Chichester. 3-2
A pleasure to play today and a really well deserved win.

MOM - Chris Townend
DOD - Chakeam Beagley for forgetting the teams away kit.

Onto next week!! And onto promotion

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Founded in 1893, Poole Hockey Club has been in existence for well over 100 years and is one of the oldest sports clubs in the country. We run four mens and two ladies teams in various leagues across the Hampshire and Dorset region. We are also very fortunate to be able to run Junior teams offering regular fixtures throughout the season for U12 and U14 mixed squads and an U16 boys squad.

 

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