Sonning Boys 2 - 3 South Berks Boys
By Chris Roberts
GREAT game again yesterday.
4 ten year olds joined the regular Sonning U14 squad (and guests) to play against South Berkshire at home.
Both teams respectfully stood for a remembrance minute of silence - which was lovely to witness.
3 x 20 minute periods saw some great play from both sides - clearly South Berks were a skilled and experienced side and went 1 up quickly.
This filled with a few more good chances which were spoiled - mainly by some great defence let by Charlie H, Luca, Anton, Isaac and Eddie our great GK. When we switched on and got the ball over the half way line, we looked great - they didn’t like us attacking - and they certainly didn’t like the short corner routine. A simple but effective routine back to the injector Nathan, from the strike Zach saw us equalise.
We regrouped at the whistle and changed ends. The boys responded with aplomb - The middle trio of Toby, Zach and Nathan, distributed the ball wide to Aiden and Charlie O who broke with speed, strength and confidence releasing the rotating forwards of Oliver, Soli, Aiden and Sean - all of who worried the defence with their quick movements, fantastic positional play and driving lines. A fantastic break saw the Sonning forward queuing up to score - Oliver’s 3D shot saved, before eventually Toby bagging the 2nd period winner.
We seamed to run out of legs in the 3rd period, but still worked hard to defend. We were tired, lost shape and let South Berks attack hard. Despite some valiant defending SB took charge and put 2 or 3 past us.
Summary - Our WHOLE team played effected, intelligence hockey. With a little more practice, patience and strength, we will make less mistakes and can only build on this incredibly solid attacking performance. I was VERY encouraged by signs of magic and look forward to our next outing.
Thank you to Ashley Churchill for umpiring
• Eddie Burrows (GK)
• Luca O'Sullivan
• Charlie Hankinson
• Anton Churchill
• Isaac Thompson
• Toby Hatfield
• Nathan Munns
• Zach Bonifacii
• Solomon Floodgate
• Charlie Orbell
• Aidan Dias
• Oliver Oke
• Sean Barker