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Men's 4th XI - Match centre

London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
London Wayfarers Pirates
J Annakin (15' ), C Steele (68' )
Full time
Sat 27 Jan 14:00 - League Attendance 2

Fight!!!!!

No, not really, Janner's just got a broken nose

With a strict requirement to arrive 60min before pushback there was already tension in the air as the clock struck 1pm (or whatever it was).
A fairly depleted defensive line consisting entirely of wing backs and the weaker half of the Cashby love phenomenon did suggest that Keeper Matt was going to be in for a busy day.

And that was proved absolutely correct when some early Wayfarers’ pressure meant a piddly own goal was conceded from a short, prompting a ridiculous, over the top celebration from an opposition striker. However, the response from Eds was good and soon after, some sustained pressure culminated in an excellent finish from our very own Skywalker. However, this would prove to be Anakin’s last significant contribution as the force wasn’t quite able to prevent a Wayfarers’ shoulder from (accidentally) rearranging his nose. A quick check confirmed the worst and a trip to A&E was required to determine how best to put said nose back in its rightful place. This also had an instant impact on the pitch and before we knew it, we were picking the ball out of the net 3 times in quick succession… Not great and someone may have got a little angry.

At 4-1 down it could have easily gone either way from there but fortunately we rallied and piled the pressure on and …despite your report writer being horrifically bias, we were absolutely the better team for the second period of the first half. Charlie was coming into his own at centre back with some weighted aerials and Biggsy starting to thrive in his newly adopted role in midfield.
The aim then became to win the second half, which we did. My recollection of this 35min was some confident interplay, excellent work rate and a less clinical set of shorts than our opponents. So we, again, had the better of Wayfarers for long periods who were content with defending their quick fire lead.

Some encouraging words to our captain and right back may have earned Dick of the Day to an industrious Eds defensive midfielder but a few bum slaps at the bar meant all was quickly well in the world again.

A late short by Charlie gave us a deserved goal at the end but the score line flattered the visitors who may have had a very different afternoon if we hadn’t flicked the off switch for 10 first half minutes. Overall a good performance with a deserved man of the match to Bigtime (I think).
Score 4-2 to Wayfarers.

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Key moments

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Goal James Annakin scores for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
68:00
Goal Charlie Steele scores for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s

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70:00 Player of the Match
Joe Hubbard is awarded player of the match for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
70:00 Player of the Match
James Annakin is awarded player of the match for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
68:00 Goal 2 - 0
Charlie Steele scores for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Annakin scores for London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
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  • London Edwardians Hockey Club Mens 4s
  • London Wayfarers Pirates
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  • James Annakin Goal 15:00'
  • Charlie Steele Goal 68:00'

Team selection

Heaslip, Matthew Heaslip, Matthew
Steele, Charlie Steele, Charlie
Biggs, Matthew Biggs, Matthew
Watson, Matthew Watson, Matthew
Howell, Freddie Howell, Freddie
Edgar, Guy Edgar, Guy
Annakin, James Annakin, James
Cardoe, Oliver Cardoe, Oliver
Cockayne, Adam Cockayne, Adam
Chandran, Rahulan Chandran, Rahulan
Hubbard, Joe Hubbard, Joe

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