It was good to see a strong squad of 13 players turning out on a such a sunny day. Rumours that Edi was down the pub watching the Croatia-Denmark match were false, apparently. He was down at Croydon with the Ladies, so Cameron Baker stepped in to coach the squad; although he refused to change his name to Bakervic for the occasion. With such a strong team he opted to rotate two groups of six outfield players.
Watford 2nds team v Kingston
Steve, Sam, Danny, Wayne, Petar, Alun, Will, Andy, Matt, Chris, David, Adam, Luke.
Coach Cameron Baker
Kingston started off well, but a Chris Jones save released Andy Holt to give Watford a quick lead. Matt then combined with Wayne to feed Holt for a quick second. And then he got a third. Thankfully Steve Behr was on hand to provide a bit of variety adding Watford’s fourth. Kingston finally got off the mark with a nice lob over Jones, before goals from David Koncz and Sam gave Watford a 6-1 lead at the end of the quarter.
David and Sam quickly extended Watford’s lead to 8-1 at the start of the second period. Kingston got a consolation goal, before Wayne powered in a push shot and followed it up with a solo effort to extend the lead further to 10-2.
Kingston got back into the game with two goals and managed to stifle further attacks from the home side. Holt finally broke through to score, with Alun following from close range on a man up. I make that 12-4 at Half time – table says 11-4 (correct score 12-4).
No matter. At the start of the 3rdperiod Danny set his side off with an 8m powerhouse to get us 13-4. The two teams then traded goals, with Kingston relying on man-ups as they tried desperately to close the gap. Goals from David. Sam, Matt, Andy and Luke, saw the quarter end 17-9.
Final quarter & Watford were clearly relaxed now, with Danny, Sam and Petar teasing the Kingston goalie before Petar delivered the coup de grace to bring it to 18-9. David then set him up for his second. Kingston then scored their tenth and final goal, as Watford finished them off with goals from Andy, Sam and Andy again. Watford won 22-10.
It was a great result and turnout from the team. Thanks to Cameron for keeping the unruly mob under control, Steve, Nandi and Mr Hime for manning the table, and Steve for catching the timing equipment when the table collapsed.