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Broxbourne 1
Cambridge Nomads 1
Sat 25 Nov 13:30 - East Men's Hockey League - Division 1 Full time

Broxbourne 1st XI 4 – 2 Cambridge Nomads 1st XI

Slow Starts and Lessons Not Learned

Broxbourne 1st XI 4 – 2 Cambridge Nomads 1st XI

Saturday 25 November 2017

Played at Broxbourne Sports Club

Scorers: Martin Hamon & Richard Lloyd

Man of the Match: Ethan Brown

Slow Starts and Lessons Not Learned as Division 1 Tightens Up in the Bottom Half of the League.

Another defeat means that Nomads 1st XI have picked up 1 point out of a possible 12 in the last four games. And while the team have produced prolonged periods of quality hockey in those games it has been the moments where they have not been at their best which have defined the final outcome. Once again, a slow start proved critical to the final result, this time, an early concession of a short corner followed by a mistake in the middle of the pitch allowed Broxbourne to establish a 2-0 lead. Had it not been for Ethan Brown making a sequence of good saves, this score could have been worse before Nomads found their way into the game.

Once again, the catalyst for the revival was Martin Hamon, who scored the opening goal for the away team with fast hands on a bobbling ball, and all of a sudden, the game was in the balance at 2-1. For large periods after this Nomads did several good things but with no real end product to their play. Broxbourne, however, kept moving the ball into dangerous areas and were able to extend their lead to 3-1 before the half was up.

There were some harsh words from Coach Mahendra at half time. However, in spite of the disappointment at the first half performance, the team was reminded that the three goals conceded had come from Nomads mistakes and not their opponents own creative play. Retaining possession of the ball was the difference between the sides, and it was with this key improvement in mind the side were sent out for the second half.

The second half started brightly with better communication and better ball security in the opening exchanges. But it was Broxbourne who scored the next goal and all but ended in the contest to make the score 4-1.

Richard Lloyd was able to add to his goal tally for the season with a well taken goal as the keeper came out to narrow the angle. The men in their changed orange strip had a few opportunities to make the game closer in the closing moments of the game, but were unable to make anything of these and Broxbourne turned out deserved winners in the end.

So there were positives, and there are lessons to learn. There are two games left before the Christmas break, both of these games at home with Sudbury the first side to visit Coldham’s for a 12.30 pushback this weekend. The game will be attended by several old boys of the club, who will be returning to lend their support and hopefully change the fortunes for the stickmen.

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 1 results

Felixstowe 1
Long Sutton 1
Old Southendian 1
East London 1
Sudbury 1
Shefford & Sandy 1
Bishops Stortford 1
Cambridge City 3
Upminster 1


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# Team Pl Pts
6. Bishops Stortford 1 10 15
7. Sudbury 1 9 14
8. Old Southendian 1 9 12
9. Cambridge City 3 9 10
10. Cambridge Nomads 1 12 10
11. Long Sutton 1 10 4
12. Felixstowe 1 9 0

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