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No win is easy

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 10:37

HOCKEY
Chichester IV 1, IW 4
EXPECTING an easier match than last week, the Island travelled to Chichester, who were third from bottom in Hampshire 4.

The Island dominated the first half but were thwarted by an excellent keeper, who produced several stunning saves.
Man of the match James Liddiard helped break the stalemate when he converted a bouncing ball inside the D into a well timed pass to Tom Young, who delicately lobbed the keeper.
Lewis Heaven-Gandy came close but the keeper again made sublime saves, deflecting the ball onto the crossbar and another onto the post.
The second period was truly a tale of two halves with Chichester dominating a strung out Island side for the first 15 minutes. This gave Chichester their opportunities, which they took in the form of a short corner, and they again came close with quick breaks, but Tom Butt confidently blocked their efforts along with Patt Butt and Ollie Stubbings.
The Island converted to a more compact unit with Tom Gould playing well in the centre and applied pressure higher up the pitch. This made it difficult for Chichester to get out of their half.
The Island won another short corner which was driven towards the goal line by Stuart Allen and a little deflection saw Stephen Woodford on the score sheet. With another assist from James Liddiard, Colin Simmons slid in taking the ball on his reverse, which he then finished with deadly accuracy.
With the defence breaking down another of the opponents short corners the Island broke quickly with good link-up play between Simon Bulter, Colin Simmons and James Liddard who took a shot which rebounded allowing Stephen Woodford to nudge the ball home.
This saw the Island side clear and allowed them to finish off the game in the ascendancy.
Squad: Butt, Allen, Stubbings, Butt, Butler, Gould, Heaven-Gandy, Simmons, Woodford, Young, Liddiard.

 


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