Wow, what a fantastic day for Marden Russets! The U14 Boys travelled to the Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park to compete against the other top seven teams in the country at the England Hockey National Finals. Having won the Kent County and Eastern Regional stages, the squad had already proved how strong they were, but the National Finals were always expected to be a different level of competition. No Marden team had ever reached a national final before and so it was very much uncharted territory for the boys and their coaches.
See how they got on in the attached newsletter...
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Russets won their first game 2-0, with goals from Ben Errington & Ben Fox.
In the second match, Russets almost snatched a late winner but ended with a 0-0 draw. They are top of their league on goal difference ahead of the last game.
In their last group match, the boys won 2-1, with goals from Sam Wheatley & Ben Errington, but lost out on goal difference to Cheltenham HC. They now go on to play for 3rd & 4th position IN THE WHOLE OF ENGLAND!!
Wow, wow, wow! The boys despatched Team Bath 3-0 to win 3rd place in a brilliant performanc capped by two goals from Louis Ridge and one from Sam Wheatley. They finish the season unbeaten. What a great day out, with Russets easily the best-supported side. Thanks to all the supporters.