Second win for team in Newent Summer League

Thursday 21st June 2012 10:00 pm
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Harold Wilson once said "A week is a long time in politics", for the current British Weather it seems that a week can encompass whole season. For their previous match, a 2-0 victory against Leominster, the pre-match talk at Ross focused on hydration levels and heat exhaustion, the arrival of a summer monsoon for their game against Hereford washed all these thoughts away.

For this match the Ross team sheet saw a single significant change to the team which had taken the field for the previous match. Teenage keeper George Goldsmith played in his first competitive match since sustaining a leg injury whilst away on international duty with the Welsh U16 Hockey Squad. Regular keeper Andrew Ridgway, having the opportunity to play as striker took the opportunity to turn hunter and torment the opposition's defence.

From the start Ross set a high tempo and intensity to their play, which pleasingly they sustained for the duration of the match. Hereford were continually denied space and time on the ball and were prevented from developing any attacking momentum.

The opening Ross goal came when Edward Goldsmith, despite being tightly marked, received the ball in an advanced position on the right wing. He created a yard of space before driving the ball across the front of the opposition's goal. Kristian Franklin, out-muscling his team mate Phil Evans to the ball swept it into the goal past the keeper.

In the previous match against Leominster, Ross failed to fully capitalise on the momentum gained after taking the lead, no such mistake for this match: a second goal; James Astley scoring from a short corner; and a third, Tom Walton scoring from close range following a rebound off the keeper, saw Ross convert their possession and pressure into goals.

In-between these well taken goals there was time for Phil Evans to see his shot saved by the post, the keeper being beaten and Edward Goldsmith to be denied by a fine save by the Hereford keeper.

With two wins from two games the supporters and team are optimistic that they can look forward to a spell of continued good results.

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