Match Report: Bristol University B 8-1 Somerset Gryphons
Final Score: Bristol 8-1 Gryphons
MoM: Rohan Browning
DoD: Luke Moorcroft
After a much-needed day of rest, following a Christmas dinner which yet again lived up to its infamous reputation, the boys arrived fresher than ever. With top lips seeing their first sunlight in a month, we were determined to show them off with our gleaming victorious grins when the final whistle was blown.
From the offset this desire was clear for all to see, as our attack quickly overwhelmed their defence, Ben Hughes binning the first of many to come with deadly precision. Confidence was high and our quality shining. Then, catastrophe struck. A Gerrard-esqe slip from Luke Moorcroft, followed by a desperate attempt to spare his blushes by flapping at the ball from his horizontal position on the ground. This moment of embarrassment resulted in conceding from the consequential short corner. 1-1 and we were momentarily shaken.
Not to be deterred the boys stuck to the game plan. Maintaining possession, pressing in complete harmony and passing the ball swiftly, the opposition’s frustration was bubbling over.
A very controversial decision not going the opposition way, saw Bristol's superior composure come to play. Whilst the opposition's attention was totally focussed on letting the umpire know what they thought, a deadly counter attack was quickly underway, and before they'd had a chance to fin.ish the sentence, "how many more, umps?" the ball was safely crashed into their goal.
Transferring fluidly back and forth, and in and out of the holding central midfield meant we dictated play which allowed us to wait for the perfect opportunity to strike. Patient hockey at its wonderous best. Ed Wiltshire added to his impressive season's tally, Sam Woods and Josh Reynold getting two apiece and Ben Hughes collecting a further two to grab his first UBMHC hat-trick, the lead was built to 8 goals to 1.
There were certainly times we frustrated ourselves maybe sometimes trying to force plays which lead to scrambling back to defend, however overall the class of the hockey played today was epitomised by a luxuriously slick double aerial, transferring the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, teeing the ball up perfectly Ben Hughes, a near miss, but the build up was undoubtedly sublime.
Post-match, a select few from the team participated in one of the slowest man of the match competitions seen in recent times, however none the less, the award was won by Rohan Browning, who certainly did have a superb game between then sticks, pulling off some incredibly fine saves throughout.
We hope to take this recent run of form into the rest of the season accumulating more and more wins in both the Wednesday and Saturday leagues. Being off the bottom of the table, leaping from 12th position to 8th, our sights are set for the stars and the mighty 3s march on stronger than ever.