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U14 Boys - Match centre

Reigate Priory Polecats U14B
Surbiton BU14 Scorpions
Sun 19 Feb 13:00 - Mercian Home Counties Colts - U14 Reg +S Full time

U14 Boys Polecats too strong for Surbiton

Another win keeps the u14 boys in the hunt for top spot in the Regional + league.

Having drawn 3-3 when we last played Surbiton Scorpions, the boys were wary of their well organised, fast, no-frills hockey. An early goal by the Polecats settled nerves. Surbiton's keeper kept them in the game for spells and it was tense when Surbiton pulled back to 1-1 from a penalty corner.

The first half ended 2-1 to the Polecats. In the second half, we piled on pressure and our defence was solid, rarely giving Surbiton time on the ball and jabbing or intercepting dangerous crosses to make it a reasonably quiet day for our keeper, who did have a few saves to make which he did with his usual coolness.

On occasions, we lost our shape, partly because with an uncharacteristic 16 in the squad, substitutions were a challenge and at times we had a transformed midfield or attacking line-up which took time to settle. However, despite dips in fluency for short spells and playing too narrow at times, overall the Polecats played high tempo, clinical hockey, keeping Surbiton on the back foot at times.

The key difference was our speed, and a number of our goals came from sprints from the opposition half in numbers into the D, neutralising the well marshalled Scorpions defence.

Special mentions to the three Bens: Ben Maddocks for his debut Polecats goal, Ben Coombes for the goal of the game, top right hand corner from the left of the D, and Benjamin Turrington for captaining the game with a smile on his face and dealing with their star player.

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Other U14 Reg +S results

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Boys U14s
Woking Boys U14
East Grinstead Boys U14
Guildford Boys U14D
Old Kingstonian U14 Boys
Teddington U14B Antlers

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Reigate Priory Polecats U14B 10 23
2. Woking Boys U14 1 3
3. Old Kingstonian U14 Boys 2 1
4. Surbiton BU14 Scorpions 2 1
5. East Grinstead Boys U14 1 0
6. Guildford Boys U14D 1 0
7. Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Boys U14s 2 0

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