Another good day for the Men's teams; another defeat for the Ladies.
The Ladies played a disciplined game against a strong Cliftonville side, but were unable to convert their possession into goals, eventually falling 3-0. With many positive points to take from the match, there is growing optimism that results will follow soon.
The Men's 1st XI overpowered Kings & Alleyns with their strong running game and, whilst the visitors were briefly competitive in the first half, ultimately the 6-0 scoreline flattered them. Having won consecutive games for the first time this season, a strong showing in the next three games could yet see Russets in promotion contention by Christmas.
The 2nd XI contested the headline fixture of the day, away to nearest rivals, Sutton Valence, whose 1st XI has been dramatically reconfigured this season, That the teams were in 3rd & 2nd places added further spice, and the 6-6 scoreline did not disappoint a sizeable crowd. Tom Edwards scored 4 goals against his former club, with Dan Edwards (no relation) completing the tally.
The 3rd XI continued its strong run, beating Burnt Ash 4-1 with a rare hat-trick from the skipper, Alastair Baker. Thanks to Andy Beer and Dan Simms for stepping in to umpire at short notice, which enabled the whole squad to play.
The 4th XI, league leaders in Kent Open Div 1, continued their winning streak with a 5-2 win at Old Williamsonians, with Ben Stanley grabbing his third hat-trick of the season.
The 5th XI, so often the side with the best league performance in recent years, find themselves rooted to the bottom of their league after another close-fought defeat, this time 2-1 against Ashford. An unusually long list of injuries continues to impact availability across the club, which has put a strain on Peter's team - consider this as an appeal to all players to work their Saturday around hockey availability, rather than the other way around - you're only young once!
Weekly hockey training will start on Tuesday 2nd September at the club's astro, from 7pm to 8.30, with the bar being open to re-hydrate and socialize afterwards. Club training is open to senior players and those youngsters intending to play senior hockey.
Please bring a spare shirt, so that we can easily organize two balanced teams - white &/or yellow and a dark shirt. Also feel free to bring along anyone you know who might be interested in joining us for the new season.