Men’s 2nd team cement position at top of Div One with nervy win….

Our Men’s 2nd team maintained their position at the top of London League Div One only after a major scare in the last quarter to hold on and win the game 12-11.
wp458d6fd5_06Qtr scores were 3-1, 1-2, 6-2, 2-6.

The game looked on course for a comfortable win after three quarters as the team lead 10-5 but Guildford came out fighting and within 1.51 of the start of the last period had reduced the deficit to 10-7. A goal from Sam Parry 17 seconds later steadied the ship but Guildford kept pushing and scored again 37 secs later for 11-8.

A goal from Adam Page from close in on the next attack had his side 12-8 in front but a torrid 90 odd secords had Guildford trailing by one at 12-11.

With 1.37 seconds of the game remaining Watford won a penalty, which went wide, Guildford with possession roared forward in search of an equaliser but Watford turned over possession and countered winning another Penalty this time it hit the bar and bounced back to the penalty taker who had a shot saved by the Guildford keeper.

1.17 remaining and Guildford came forward lost possession and coach Edi Brkovic called a time- out. A poor pass following the re-start gave Guildford possession again and their last chance to find an equaliser. Again Watford turned over possession and with time running out held on to grab an all important win.

LL Div One table-July 23rdThe game started with Guildford taling the lead before three unanswered goals gave Watford a 3-1 first quarter lead. Goals coming from Tom Kelly, Paul Skerm and Yalin Gulin.

Into the second quarter and Guildford scored first before an Adam Page goal had his side 4-2 up with HT approaching Guildford won a penalty which was converted for 4-3.

The third period saw Watford open up a three goal lead thanks to a double effort from Gulin. Guildford scored next before another two Watford goals euther side of a Guildford effort had moved the score on to 8-5. Goals came via Kelly and Skerm.

With 1.15 of the thrid period remaining goals from Page and George Szemere had their side 10-5 in front before that final crazy last quarter.

Watford 2nds v Guildford:
Stephen Chambers (GK), Craig Nicholls, Will Eggleton, George Szemere (1), Adam Nash, Steven Behr, Alun Dorrington, Tom Kelly (2), Sam Parry (1), Paul Skerm (2), Yalin Gulin (2), Alex Norcliffe, Adam Page (3).

Thanks to Nicola Page for table duties and Refs Paul Metcalfe and Peter Thomas.

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