U14 Boys Polecats too strong for Surbiton
By Tom Cahalane
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.