Phase Two of BWPL got underway last weekend as our Men’s 2nd team the Saxons were in action at Habs Boys School.
At the end of three games it turned out not to be a great weekend for the team but in terms of performance the team did well with their defensive play proving very strong at times however it was just the team’s ability to convert many good chances in front of goal that let them down as they picked up three points from a Win, Draw and a lost from the opening three games and now sit fourth in the table.
However the team need to focus on the positives from the weekend and with four games to go they still have a very realistic chance of promotion and if they can pick up points in each of their remaining matches they won’t be far offer a top three finish and promotion..
The weekend got off to the perfect start as the team faced Invicta Marlins on Saturday lunchtime and won the match 7-3 good defending restricted the Marlins to only a goal in each of the first three quarters. Alex Norcliffe scored a hat-trick & Richard Hime a brace as the team secured two well- earned points.
Next up were British Army on Saturday evening and again the team got off to a great start and were in the driving seat at 6-4 at the half-way point but in a second half that went against the Saxons as they only scored a solitary goal the team lost the third quarter 1-2 and the final period 0-1 to draw the game 7-7.
A missed penalty for the Saxons with 47 seconds of the third period was a blow as the team held a slender one goal lead at 7-6.
The final period was packed full of drama as the Army pulled level at 7-7 following a double man-up with 6.45 mins to play, the Saxons then had a man-up of their own but couldn’t convert the extra man advantage, Army back in possession charged forward and caused another major foul in the Saxons defence but some resolute defending kept the Military boys from taking the lead. More man-outs for each side came and went as the clock continued to tick down until with 2.44 mins remaining Army were awarded a penalty however the Army’s centre forward over cooked it and send the ball over the bar the score remained 7-7 now into the final minute and Saxons forced a major foul to earn an extra man-up play, Head coach Edi Brkovic called time out to calm his troops and hand out some instruction however Army stood firm in defence and with time running out the game finished 7-7. In a game that Saxons could and maybe should have won but very nearly lost a draw on reflection was a hard fought & well earned point.
Sunday morning and an early start with a match v Hucknell. The game started well with a goal for the Saxons from Hime however the Nottingham based team soon found a way back as they levelled and then took a slender lead and with the quarter coming to a close a Penalty for Hucknell which was well saved by Chris Jones in the Saxon net kept the score at 2-1.
Into the second period and the sides fought out a 2-2 quarter as Hucknell maintained their one goal advantage at the half-way point at 4-3. Saxons were creating chances but the Hucknell keeper Tom Wall was in fine form.
Into the third period and more missed chances in front of goal for the Saxons with Hucknell edging the quarter 3-2 to increase their lead to 7-5.
The final period and more missed chances for the Saxons as Hucknell scored the only goal to win 8-5.
Overall it was a frustrating weekend as the games against the Army and Hucknell should have been won but our inability to put our chances away costs us three points.