Hockey: Berkswell underline promotion credentials with emphatic win

Doug Macklam reports on League matches played Saturday 23rd October 2010:

BBCHC 5 – Kettering 0
(Scorers: Oliver Stuart-Smith 3, Simon Tite, Chris Lomas)

Spectators at Westwood Astros were treated to fine encounter between two unbeaten promotion rivals on Saturday – one which saw Berkswell cautiously guarding against complaceny in the first half after a 23-0 win the previous weekend – before eventually witnessing a potent Berkswell side win at a canter.

There was no dilly dallying from the start with Kettering challenging hard for every fifty-fifty ball and quickly taking route one express train free hits. This was all very well and good but was easily soaked up by the Berkswell defence who wanted to make amends for last week when they let the goalkeeper touch the ball one time too many! After much battling in the middle of the pitch, Berkswell’s prolific goal-scorer Oliver Stuart-smith opened Berkswell’s account with an unusually good reverse stick strike! Kettering, who were still firing on all cylinders, created opportunities forcing Steven Cross to spectacularly wipe out a striker in a one on one situation to defend his goal. At the end of the first half the umpire literally fell to the ground overwhelmed with excitement!

As soon as the second half started it was apparent that captain Fingers had stirred a passion inside his troops who played spectacularly in the second half. Kettering could not keep up with the new pace of the game, chasing the fast moving ball between the claret and blue soldiers of hockey fortune. The only time Kettering seemed to have possession of the ball was when Oliver Stuart-smith was outwitted by a stationary goal, and when Dom Herring\’s upperbody wanted to go forward and his lower half wanted to go downwards! Amongst this exhibition of hockey Berkswell scored four more goals from Simon “the roofer” Tite (1) Chris “the trickler tap in” Lomas (1) and two more from Oliver “the dropper” Stuart-Smith (2).

Another quiet game for Andrew Livingstone not scoring again preferring other strikers in the club to have all the plaudits!

Mens 2nd XI
Market Drayton 1 v BBCHC 7
(Berkswell scorers: Dave Perry 3, James Boreham, Tom Ranner, Ben Tomita, Tim Bateup)

The meet started well with Duncan Greenshields arriving at the right university. The warm up started with a shower of hail, the game started with a shower of goals as Berkswell found themselves three up within a matter of five minutes. After impressive calm, passing play from Berkswell, Market Drayton switched tactics pulling 9 men behind the ball and crowding the space that Berkswell had worked so hard to create.

The first goal had come from an early penalty corner that man of the match Tom “Thierry” Ranner hit to a Drayton defender who finished competently. A galloping break from Tim Bateup down the left flank finished with surprising selflessness in a pass to Ben Tomita careering in from the right to secure the second. Berkswell’s third saw David Perry getting himself in the right place at the right time. Continuous pressure from Berkswell unfortunately did not result in many more diamonds as, despite retaining much of the possession, a singular break from the market men and a mechanical foot failure from keeper Rob Senior saw a score-line of 4-1 going into the half time oranges.

The second half started as the first finished with Market Drayton lining up in a tight defensive formation reminiscent of the line-up at the start of a game of draughts. Pincer movements worthy of lobster and champagne from the fullbacks Oliver Thorpe and Steve Graham created multiple opportunities with Matthew Pattison acting as the lynch pin of the team

sweeping up from the back. The Market Drayton keeper delivered a string of impressive saves including tipping a close range deflection from Matt Roebuck over the goal. Drayton took a gamble by breaking forward half way through the second period only to see a return break complete David Perry’s hat-trick. A well taken penalty corner routine allowed James

Boreham to slot home the seventh. A 7-1 win saw skipper Rob Dowse jubilant.

Mens 3rd XI
BBCHC 0 – Nuneaton 5

Berkswell found themselves against superior opposition this week and missing key central midfielders they found it difficult to create last possession and were pressed hard by a strong Nuneaton side. Despite some good work by Jason Norris in goal and defenders James Rimmer, Ekow Acquah and Alyn Davies Nuneaton to the inevitable lead that they never looked like relinquishing. Berkswell well will be looking to regroup after this result as promotion is still in their sights and must still be the aim for the season.

Up & coming Fixtures:
Mens 1st XI: Away v Ashby (13.00 pushback at Ivanhoe High School)
Mens 2nd XI: Home v Pershore (12.30 pushback at Warwick Uni)
Mens 3rd XI: Away v Ashby (TBC at Ivanhoe High School)
Ladies: yet another gap week