Saturday 5th November
Mens 1st Team
Grimsby 6 v 5 University of Leeds 4ths
This Saturday saw the visit of the University of Leeds to Grimsby’s fortress and whilst Grimsby had a depleted squad they still had a strong core. The most notable absentee was Simon Gibbons who has been a rock at the heart of the Grimsby defence this season. Grimsby did however welcome new recruit Dave Hammond who arrived at the last minute, with experience playing hockey at a high level for the Navy whilst based in Scotland and also Wesley Gilchrist, promoted from Grimsby’s 2nd team after some good performances.
Grimsby got off to a fine start putting early pressure on the university teams back line. This pressure almost paid off with an early snap shot from Andrew Lockwood which narrowly missed the post. It didn’t take long however for Lockwood to find his range. After forcing his way through two defenders he sent what can only be aptly described as a rocket into the bottom corner of the goal. 1-0 Grimsby.
The tide however soon turned and Grimsby’s make shift defence began to look shaky despite Tom Bromley making some absolutely cracking tackles. Adding to this the Grimsby forwards inability to keep possession, The University team began to assert themselves. 1-1 to 1-2 then 1-3 and 1-4 within a matter of minutes in favour of the University team. The opposition were showing excellent ball retention which was making the Grimsby team chase shadows.
Grimsby were obviously feeling sorry for themselves at this point and made a few changes swapping Mike Want into the defence bringing Gilchrist further forward to hurt the opposition with his pace.
This paid off initially with a well worked goal for Grimsby through Dicky Johnson.
2-4 at half time and Grimsby were not happy. This was an unusual position for them to find themselves after a great start to the season. One of Grimsby’s strengths however is to maintain belief in themselves and their attitude that they will score more than the other team! This started to look like a possibility as Grimsby hit a purple patch. Lockwood began to make the Leeds defence look like statues as he weaved his way around them, and it was this that led to 2 almost identical goals in quick succession. Both goals were finished superbly by Gilchrist. One in particular, a great reverse stick finish.
The score at 4-4 and Grimsby were looking confident to take the three points. This looked even more the case when Lockwood and Johnson combined to finish off a short corner to make it 5-4, Johnson with his second. It was at this point Gilchrist stepped up to the plate and completed his hat-trick, his first three goals for the club to seal a match winning man of the match performance. At 6-4 with 10 minutes to go Grimsby were effectively down to ten men as both Inderjit Hayre and Lockwood both pulled their hamstrings. Lockwood carried on but was somewhat a spectator. The Leeds pressure began to build again resulting in their 5th goal but the Grimsby defence held on to see out the victory.
Despite being aggrieved by the goals conceded Grimsby were upbeat with the fact that they had ground out the 3 points and now look forward to an away day at Sheffield University Bankers this Saturday.
Mens 2nd Team
Huddersfield Dragons 7 Grimsby 3
Grimsby second string travelled to their furthest destination with a relatively strong squad looking for a winning start to a run of three away games to keep their promotion hopes on track. They were without the Taylor father and son partnership, midfield dynamos Wesley Gilcrest and Callum Coulbeck, right winger pace of Alex Garner and the experience of Andy Collins, who was umpiring for the 1sts, but they still expected to give an ageing Huddersfield team a run for their money.
Grimsby started strongly as for the first 10 minutes they played excellent passing hockey and scored after 6 minutes as a Craig Hardy shot within the D fooled the keeper. However, after Huddersfield rejigged their players Grimsby were soon chasing the game as an excellent young striker started knocking in goals on his reverse stick for fun, most of them right into the corner giving 'keeper Mathew Thompson little chance.
With the halftime score at 3-1 Grimsby were still in the game, but chasing it, and with a re-shuffle of their own pack moving Leeds University student Steven Crossley to the right wing and moving Martyn Garner into the middle Grimsby looked to have better shape again. However the young Dragon striker pick up where he left off and it went 4-1. Crossley then scored his first of the season to make it 4-2. However, as the game got tetchy and Huddersfield lost two players and Grimsby one to yellow cards it was Huddersfield who got the next three goals making it 7-2.
With 5 minutes left Grimsby got a third consolation as a short corner shot from John Gibbons was going wide only for Richard Goodhand to pull it across goal for Crossley to get his second.
A disappointing result but with a stronger team travelling to second place Leeds a win is needed in the next fixture.
Ladies 1st Team
Grimsby 1st 5-0 Goole
Grimsby Ladies 1st team continued their impressive run of 6 games with 6 wins and maintain their unbeaten form to stay at the top of the table.
With their opponents lying just below them in second place in the table before the start of play, Grimsby knew that this would be a tough match. It was a good battle between two evenly matched teams that displayed some good hockey by both sides.
It wasn't long in the match before Grimsby’s attacking play paid dividends. Some well executed passes between Thompson and Baker who still showing their dominance in midfield saw the play move to the opponents defending area, where a through ball from Teresa Oaten saw Anne Lambert coolly slot the ball passed the advancing keeper. The second goal came not long after the first when Jo Turner skillfully intercepted the ball from the advancing Goole attack to pass to Pannell to score.
The third goal came from some great team play with Lambert switching the play whereupon Baker played a quick one two with Pannell leaving Oaten to take the ball past a defender to score.
The second half started where the first left off within minutes the umpire awarded Grimsby short corner. Thompson injected the ball quickly and accurately to Lambert who expertly sent it at high velocity into the corner of the goal and 4-0.
Grimsby’s 5th and final goal came again from a short corner, which after some passing play at the top of the D, Pannell eased the ball into the net for her 2nd.
Goole continued to apply the pressure but Grimsby’s defence remained sound during the match, with Pearson, Austin and Crowther all providing important tackles to prevent any scoring opportunities. Despite this Goole were awarded a short corner and looked like an opportunity for them to get off the mark. However Thompson’s quick run intercepted the ball which was hit it up the pitch to the awaiting forwards where Paula Kropp who had a fine strike on goal, was denied by the Goole ‘keeper making the save of the match.
The game finished Grimsby 5 Goole 0.
Ladies 2nd Team
Grimsby 2nd 7-0 Appleby Froddingham
Grimsby womens 2nd team built on some excellent previous performances and finally got the rewards they deserved with a superb 7-0 win over Appleby Frodingham.
Kate Augusta opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when the ball found her in the perfect position on the far post to knock it over the line. Within minutes of opening the scoring Augusta was on hand again. After being awarded a short corner she sweetly struck the ball in to the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The third came again from a short corner for Anna Southall, who after having injecting the corner popped up on the post to deflect the initial shot into the goal.
The game displayed some good passing moves from both sides, with Grimsby enjoying more chances on goal this was shown in the second half with Augusta and Lisa Foster playing some slick one two moves to earn her a well deserved hat-trick.
Rachel Elson in top form provided a solid performance on the wing and with some individual skill found Lucy Tomlinson in the D who with her initial shot saved, reacted the quicker to slot the ball home.
With Grimsby now showing glimpses of what’s to come this season the game was coming to a close but not before Augusta bagged her 4th of the match for a final score of 7-0.