Hockey Match Report: TMW 2nd XI 3 – 5 Sevenoaks

By - Friday 27th September, 2013

Chris Austin reviews Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian’s 2nd XI pre-season friendly against Sevenoaks Hockey Club on Saturday 21st September 2013


After only a few minutes of the start of the game, last week’s 4-1 win against New Beccehamians seemed a distant memory for TMW 2nd XI. Sevenoaks HC took an early 2-0 lead.

However, TMW, with their high scoring teams across the club, were not to be beaten so easily and mounted a comeback with a goal following an intricate passing move. Jon Seaman was released in the D and coming in from the byline managed to squeeze the ball between the goalkeeper and the near post. In fact the second goal for TMW came from a return to Stuart Clarke’s attacking ways with a drilled shot in to the D only to clip a Sevonoaks defender and capitalise on the own goal rule. Clarke, recently moved from attack to defence, had a very solid game, regularly out-sprinting and out-muscling the opposition as well as setting up numerous other counter attacks with strong and precise long balls down field.

Superb performances were had by previous season regulars in Pete Marriott, Chris Brearley and Mark Elsworthy, though lack of fitness, with all in the early stages of the season, was obvious. So much so that after only 30 minutes Chris Austin unusually threw in the towel for an early shower after recurrence of a foot injury from school days.

Another early season fitness concern, Anthony Brady, who last season suffered a recurring ankle injury, showed little sign of it inhibiting his performance as he dribbled through the centre of midfield. Perhaps post injury we will see more central play from Anthony at TMW HC or he may migrate to the wing or up front where he likes to be involved in the goal action as fitness and confidence returns.

It would appear that the recruitment drive and recent open day featuring England International Sarah Haycroft of Surbiton Hockey Club has attracted new and returning talent

Other early season exceptional performances came from Ethan Skeels (Man of the Match) and Dan Ramsey, who were both promoted to the 1st XI for the game against Sanderstead. While Dan made a nuisance of himself to the Sevenoaks defence, finding what always seemed to be the right position and often ten yards from the nearest defender, Ethan was solid in a right wing-back position, regularly dispossessing Seveonaks only to sprint away with the ball or recycle it to the heart of the TMW midfield.

So as the final minutes of the clock ticked down TMW found themselves 5-2 down only to see a shot deflected onto a foot on the line. Josh Alexander of TMW HC 1st XI, having volunteered for the early morning Umpiring slot, did not miss this one and raised his arm to signal the penalty flick. Jon Seaman was able to convert this adding to his season tally. After an excellent game last week, Jon Seaman continued to impress throughout, demonstrating clear intentions to work hard for the team in every game and in doing so make an early claim for top scorer for the season – now with three in two games. Most Premier League football players would be satisfied with those statistics!

As a passing footnote it would appear that the recruitment drive and recent open day featuring England International Sarah Haycroft of Surbiton Hockey Club has attracted new and returning talent to Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club. Early signs indicate this can only be positive as thoughts turn to arranging extra fixtures in a few weeks time as more players return and demand for new and additional teams presents a welcome challenge. Not only this, but a number of young, new and older players will be pushing current 1st XI players for places. Competition for places can mean only one thing and that is a stronger club and the best players being pick and promoted, spurring on harder training sessions and improved skills and fitness levels. Who knows, perhaps this season TMW HC will find themselves with some new faces in the junior international setup.

May we wish both Sevenoaks HC and TMW HC the best for the forthcoming 2013/2014 hockey season.

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club are one of Croydon’s leading clubs fielding four teams every Saturday in the county leagues. Traditionally the borough’s most successful club, the 1st XI now play in Surrey Division 1 alongside local rivals Addiscombe and Croydon Old-Whits. Originally founded in 1957 as the old boys’ team of Trinity School, the club now welcomes allcomers and run a very popular juniors’ section on Sunday mornings.

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