24/11/04 – Hockey – Men Fall, Ladies Struggle

CraigyB writes “thanks to club captain Doug Macklam for submitting this article …

Mens 1st Team
Ludlow 5
Berkswell & Balsall Common 0

Ending Berkswell’s recent winning streak a weakened Berkswell team (depleted by some less than fortuitous navigation through Worcester, via Silverstone) succumbed to a 5 nil loss away from home.


[“Berkswell depleted”]

Though the team battled hard under difficult conditions the score was left at 4-0 by half time. Through a re-grouping of morale and strength a determined defence set at the opposition with renewed vigour.

Superb keeping from Neil Palframan, including a penalty flick attempt, and awesome tackling from man of the match Duncan Greenshields kept the final score line to 5-0.

Ladies 1st

FISSC (9) – Berkswell and Balsall Common (0)

Berkswell and Balsall Common Ladies’ 1st team suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat away to FISSC (Farmers Insurers Sports and Social Club), in Stratford on Saturday.

Any difference between the two teams was exacerbated by FISSC’s grass pitch, with the uneven surface causing ball control problems for the Berkswell team who were unused to playing on such a surface.

After a defensive first half including some excellent saves by goalkeeper Kate Launchbury, Berkswell rallied in the second half. Strong through-balls from Ellie Flather allowed Sarah Fulham and Kate Lloyd to make a number of attacking runs, but the
FISSC defence could not be broken down.

Mens 2nd Team

Berkswell and Balsall Common 3
Solihull Blossomfields 1

Another strong performance from Berkswell capitalising on a free-flowing open hockey game. Man of the match Chris Gallen regimented the display from midlfield using open passing and inspired running. By half time the score was 2-0 through well worked goals from captain Mike Horsewill and vice
captain Dan McCarthy. After half time Blossomfield hit back with one goal but Mike Horsewill countered to extend the lead to 3-1. As the full time whistle approached Cameron Nunn also went close on several occasions showing great hunger and invention, however the final score was still 3-1.

Submitted by Doug Macklam (Berkswell and Balsall Common Club Captain)”