Mens 2nd XI
Sat 02 Dec 2023  ·  South East Men's Division 1 Invicta
Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club
Mens 2nd XI
Bexleyheath & Belvedere 1
Men's 2s H v BBHC

Men's 2s H v BBHC

Amy Bumstead3 Dec 2023 - 11:28
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Nothing frosty about men's 2s performance

With uncertainties on whether the game would go ahead, with frosty and cold conditions, FOHC men’s 2s braved the weather and set out to keep their undefeated run and retain their place at the top of the table.
Folkestone spent no time resting on their laurels and started the game with a high press, negating any momentum BBHC could gather. This resulted in a high turnover and the awarding of a short corner which Paul Cheap converted into FOHC’s first goal. A vital save, from GK Barnaby Wills, keeps the narrow lead after closing down a 1 on 1 situation, reminding us that this won’t be an easy fought game.
A slick move down the left, opened space for Terry Couzens at the edge of the D to pick out Hugo Furneaux at the back post to give FOHC their 2nd goal of the game. This quickly turned into a 3rd as James Crookston beat a couple of defenders on the baseline, to lay it back to Matt Manwaring for a neat finish. As the final minutes of the half ensued, a crash ball into the D found Isaac Hopkin to deflect the ball home for FOHC’s 4th of the game.
After a slow start to the second half, FOHC’s possession was rewarded with a goal, prodded home by Nick Hopkin. Matters turned from bad to worse for BBHC as, down to 10 men, FOHC’s midfield dominated, earning several short corners which Paul Cheap and Lorcan Doyle gift wrapped to the bottom corner. Throughout the match BBHC never stopped piling on the pressure. However, with the defensive duo of Will Davis and Neil Bristow, who masterfully controlled the game with a calmness and grace that was appreciated by the 100’s of supporters, the pressure was absorbed and the clean sheet was kept. This earnt Will Davis his MOM, who’s talent is only surpassed by his humour and good looks.

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Sat 02 Dec 2023




South East Men's Division 1 Invicta

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Folkestone Optimist 2
Bexleyheath & Belvedere 1
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