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The SGHC Weekly 03/03/19

Men’s 1s win 11-1
The side welcomed Chard to the Gloucesterdome this weekend who were looking to avenge their eleven to nil loss before Christmas. The home side, without a goal from open play in two games, were looking to find some form.
Early into the game glos took the lead with Parsons roaming in a forward area able to latch onto the open ball and push in. Some quick, young lads with good skills kept Chard dangerous, however it was a loose pass from the red’s backline to play in a Green attacker leaving Thompson stood between the sticks with no chance and the game was equalised. The reds then, to some surprise, came under sustained pressure. That was until a long ball forward was flicked on by Hean into the path of the storming Payne to drive away from the ensuing defensive line like an antelope eluding a pack of hyenas. The moment the white line marking the D was crossed the white ball was fired into the backboard of the goal, which looks as though it was at one point lightly brushed with white paint but cannot be described as white. Dawson took the total to three, receiving the ball inside the 25, placing it onto a defenders foot in the danger zone, but foregoing the short corner mopped up possession and flicked low into the side of the goal. A love move down the left a 1-2-3-4 brought Payne opening up Gogarty in front of goal for a sure placed finish.
South Glos upped their game further in the second half, moving the ball much faster than previously with Leahy setting the pace from defensive midfield. It did not take long before Gilbert scored his first South Glos league goal in several years and Hean reversing the ball to get on the scoresheet. A quick long corner pass took to Parsons the opposition by surprise once received was fired into Payne for a hopeful deflective touch between his own legs to trickle into the far corner. Gilbert doubled his match, season and tri-season sum when a short corner was flicked hard and low. The stardard of short corner goal fell a la Gemma Collins at the teen awards when Dawson found hiself in acres but not really positioned to shoot. Nevertheless the ball was flicked relatievly towards goal albeit with some altitude. The padman, perhaps hoping to redeem himself with a superstar unnecessary save given the scoreline, stuck his stick in the air and stopped it going over the bar before it rolled downwards over the backside of his body into the goal. Payne applied another finish before assisting Garrett-Downes to round off the scoring with a strong upwards deflection.
Rumours are amuck regarding a potential spot fixing betting scandal involving top scorer Spink (25) not contributing in the high scoring game towards the end of the season last years finale match triple assist to Payne (now 20). The two legged 22-1 contributes flourishingly the league high goal difference of 64. Next week the lads go away to Swindon to dispatch another Green and White clad side.
Goals: Payne (3), Dawson (2), Gilbert (2), Garrett-Downes, Gogarty, Hean, Parsons
MOM: Payne
DOD: Price (falling over)

Mens 2s win 3-0
The SG boys travelled to Winterbourne for what’s always a stern challenge vs Bristol & West.
Despite it being an away game, there was a strong travelling support for the Mens 2s.
South started the game well and put into practice what was spoke of prior to push back.
It was the home outfit however who had the first sighters, Den making an important save early on.
The lads got into the swing of things and controlled the match, playing the ball back and around and switching the point of attack.

The midfield 3 of Peters, Rogers and Higginson working like a well oiled machine. Vorsprung Durch Technik. After excellent play, the travelling brigade found themselves 2-0 from two very well worked short corners. Monaghan and Peters putting them away.

The HT chat was a case of more of the same. So it was. The defence line of Payne-Rugg-Peachey providing the platform for the attackers to ‘do a NWA’ and express themselves. The control was increased and we really dominated the half playing lovely hockey, Maurer adding a third after a great move and well drilled shot. The game ended unfortunately with an injury to the opposition GK, we wish him all the best.

It was a good, fun and competitive match. Teas were provided in the shape of sausages and chips. Strangely with no sign of cutlery or crockery, the latter eventually provided after a word from Price.
MOM: Luke Rugg
Excellent control from the back.
Perhaps spurred on after Payne likened him to Virgil Van Dijk.

Men’s 3s drew 2-2
Another enjoyable, competitive game against OBs ended with a feeling of points lost rather than another precious point gained.
South Glos were a little slow and sluggish to start, a combination of having had two hockey-free Saturdays and a very early pushback.
But the red and blacks soon settled and started to dominate the game, going into half time with a deserved one nil lead thanks to a Baldwin bullet from a short corner. It was Mark, not Oli, who pulled the trigger on a shot too powerful for the defensive stick which got behind it, only serving to deflect the rocket into the roof of the goal.
We expected OBs to change things at half time and we feared one goal may not be enough.
The home side started on the front foot before the visitors soon re-asserted their dominance.
About 10 mins in, we earned another short and a well-worked move presented Nigel with a tap in at the back post.
We must have sub-consciously thought ‘job done because we visibly relaxed.
A collective lapse in concentration saw OBs work an opportunity to enable a striker to find himself able to tap in an unmissable ball from close range.
OBs rallied, we looked a little shell-shocked and another messy melee in our D gifted them their equaliser.
We had a number of chances to extend, and later regain, our lead but couldn’t capitalise and when we were on target the OBs keeper earned his side the draw.
While disappointing to surrender a two-goal lead, a year or two ago we may well have collapsed completely and lost. A point is probably a fair outcome in the end, although it does feel like we should really have got all 3.
A tough game against the runaway league leaders awaits us next week, before two final matches which, based on the overall performance and effort today are definitely winnable

Ladies 1s win 5-1
The gals were insanely pumped for today’s grudge match. Yate having been the only team the ladies dropped points to. That was all the motivation glos needed to put on a truly dominant performance against a strong Yate side.

Glos opened the scoring early on with some beautiful worked goals from our Chairman, and Kirsty to bring it 2-0 within 10 min. Glos closed the half 3-0 with another well worked goal from Anna.
Fired up to push in the second half glos continued to dominate position, keeping Yate pinned in their half for the majority game. A well deserved 2 goals game from RJ.

A late (but valiantly defended) short led to a final score of 5-1
Glos take on Westberries away next week #bringiton
POM: Sara

Ladies 2s won 9-0!!
It was goals galore at Bradley Stoke as the ladies followed the success of the men’s 1s.
LB had a point to prove today (after working out her position was being contested), that she is the 2s top goal scorer, and it was a point she proved in the first 30 seconds of the game, securing Glos the lead from the off. Within another minute, Chewy had doubled the score. The ball moved swiftly across the pitch from player to player as Glos dominated possession, determined to redeem themselves after the last encounter with Avonmouth. LB scored the third from a rebound, and the fourth goal came from Emma, who made a run with the ball and found the back of the net. The half finished with a third goal from LB, making her our hatrick hero. The first half finished 5-0.

Glos never took the foot off the gas in the second half and the goals continued to come. Glos allowed the ball to do the work and kept the width throughout, bouncing the ball from one to another. The first goal of the second half came from Chewy who got a rebound in our “Owsley” short corner. Emma took the score to 7-0. Benj scored the eighth goal, pushing it into the bottoms corner. Our final goal, was a textbook, top of the D shot from Player (thanks to Benj’s words of encouragement). To add to the joys of today’s game, we were treated with chicken nuggets and donuts at teas.

Shout out to GD for umpiring and to those who came to support!