Guildford v Watford 2nds – Winter League Div Two match report…

Guildford v Watford 2nds – Winter League match report written by Mike Eggleton…
Watford 2nd’s travelled to Guildford Surrey Sports Park on Thursday 1st Feb to play Guildford…
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Team: Chris Jones (GK), Steve Behr, Dennis Brierley, Anthony Droungas, Will Eggleton, Mattyas Molnar, Jarryd Myburgh, William Morris, Adam Page, John Pickford
Coach: Steve Chambers
WPP travelling supporters: Eight (yes eight!!)

We took a young team to play Guildford, which included six 2000/2001-born players in the ten-man squad. Thankfully Dennis Brierley, John Pickford, Steve Behr and Chris Jones were on hand to provide some much-needed experience and to boost the average age of the squad.

Sadly the team weren’t inspired by the fantastic facilities offered by the Surrey Sports Park. Thanks to some indifferent defending on our part, and in spite of some good attacking play, Watford ended the first quarter 6-1 down. Only a goal close-in by Steve Behr got us on the score sheet.

Thankfully things improved in the second quarter. The team defended a lot better, and Chris was on hand with some great saves whenever Guildford had a chance to shoot. While Guildford managed just a single goal against us in this quarter, we still lacked some conviction in attack, and our goal drought continued.

A motivational speech from John Pickford from the poolside at half time proved to be most fruitful. Suddenly the younger players took their opportunity, working together so much better as a team. Often in the shadows when playing in Watford teams with more senior players, they took their chance to shine.

Guildford started the third quarter with another goal, taking it to 8-1. But then a counter by Adam Page found Jarryd Myburgh in space, and he buried it into the Guildford net from 5m. Guildford responded with another goal. Adam then linked up beautifully with Steve Behr, who tapped in for Watford’s third after driving across the Guildford goal. The quarter finished with a fourth goal, as Will Eggleton powered in a shot from 5m, as Watford finally converted a man-up advantage. The quarter ended with a more respectable score line of 9-4.

Guildford started the final quarter with another goal, but a great save at close range by Chris denied them a second. Watford quickly responded with William Morris passing out to Will on the right wing, who surprised the Guildford goalie with a bounce shot from distance. Imitation is the best form of flattery I guess, and Guildford fired back to an 11-5 lead with their own long range effort.

Watford added their sixth goal in great style, with Adam countering, passing to William, who got it to Anthony Droungas, who coolly lobbed the Guildford goalie.

Guildford finished the game 12-6, after scoring their final goal, in what must be conceded was a very well-worked man-up.

It was a great second half performance by the Watford team, and so nice to see the younger players have enough of the ball and get the pool time they needed to get their teeth into the match. And John, Dennis, Chris and Steve deserve recognition for their hard work in ensuring that we played as a team

An enjoyable match (well, the second half was) more than made up for a disappointing result.

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1st team claim place in BWPL Championship One after tense final game….

The 1st team qualify for BWPL Championship One for the second half of season after a tense final game against West London Penguins on Sunday morning at Habs School.

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At the start of the weekend the team needed one win from the two games & with games against London League Premier Division rivals Sutton & Cheam & West London Penguins both games were going to be tense affairs.

Saturday’s game against Sutton started so well as the team took a 1st qtr lead at 3-0 thanks to goals from Ciaran Walshe, Andy Holt & James Warman.

Unfortunately the team couldn’t build on this excellent start as Sutton stopped Watford scoring in the second period and scored one themselves for a HT score of 3-1.

Into the 3rd period & Sutton continued to control the game as they won the quarter 3-0 to turn the game on its head in their favour as they now lead 4-3. The final period and again Sutton & ex-GB & London 2012 Olympian controlled the game as a 2-1 quarter in their favour won them the match 6-4. Final goal for watford came via James Warman.

Team v WL Penguins: Peter P (GK), Danny Davis, Wayne Davis, Andy Holt, Sam Carling, Nandi Cesh, Ciaran Walshe, Jared Baker, Jack Pickford, James Warman, Luke Rogers, Cami Baker, Steve Behr.

So Sunday morning and the team couldn’t affort to lose if they were going to acheive the clubs aim of making Championship One.

Head Coach Edi hands out instructions prior to start of match v WL Penguins...

Head Coach Edi hands out instructions prior to start of match v WL Penguins..

The game started with penguin taking a 1st qtr lead at 3-1. A goal by James Warman had briefly levelled the game at 1-1.

The second period started with Watford pulling level at 3-3 & then 4-3 up thanks to goals from Ciaran Walshe, Jack Pickford & Jared Baker. Penguin hit back to level at 4-4 and HT came all square.

The 3rd period was a strange quarter with only one goal scored which Penguins claimed for a slender 5-4 lead.

The final period and penguin increased their lead to two at 6-4 after only 45 secs. But two minutes later Steven Behr had us back within one with a tap in after the ball dropped down off the bar (6-5). Penguin then scored again only for Watford to reply via Andy Holt for 7-6 back came Penguin and a goal from their Italian forward Bagnoli from 5m had the london side two clear again at 8-6.

With 2.36 to play Sam Carling was feed the ball in the pit a quick turn and lob over the advancing Penguin keeper had us back within one at 8-7. Next attack and Penguin win a man-up and call a time out they work the ball round to their 2m man and a super save from GB goalie Peter Pickford kept us in the game. With possession back coach Edi Brkovic calls time out. Watford work a move and earn man-up from the extra player we score via Walshe from close range 8-8.

GB Goalie Peter Pickford made some critical saves to keep his team in the game...

GB Goalie Peter Pickford made some critical saves to keep his team in the game..

56 seconds remain penguin attack force a man-up but critically miss a chance to score. We steal possession and call time out with 28 secs remaining. Edi instructs team to work a second centre into the attack but more importantly don’t lost possession we hold on to the ball and time runs out an 8-8 draw would that be enough only time would tell.

Team v Sutton: Peter P (GK), Danny Davis, Wayne Davis, Andy Holt, Sam Carling, Nandi Cesh, Ciaran Walshe, Jared Baker, Jack Pickford, James Warman, Paul Skerm, Cami Baker, Steve Behr.

With Sutton losing their next game and Welsh Wanderers losing to Exeter it was and we finish phase one in fifth spot snd promotion to championship one for second half of sesson.

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