Match Report: Southgate Adelaide 3rd 0 – 1 Berkhamsted 5s (15 October 2016)

We all played well. There were lots of good attacking situations. We frequently penetrated the opponents circle. We had loads of shots on target. Ten short corners. We hit the post at least twice. There were two shots cleared off the line by defenders and one by on of our attackers. Several great saves by their keeper who played suberbly. There were hald a dozen chances in front of goal where all that was needed was to get the stick in the right position to touch the ball home.. Yet we did not score one goal. I must say I am rather lost for words.

Our defence again played a solid game. Keeper Vas Eliades was called into action a few times and made a great save in the first half but in general the opposition attacks were snuffed out before they became dangerous Billy Billimoria had a particularly good game making several good tackles in difficult positions. Wayne Burke again played strongly at centre back tackling and distributing the ball well.
The midfield started well and began moves generating numerous attacking situations. Brian Beisty again creating lots from right half, Ben Williams dominating the centre and Ashley D’Mello overlapping on the left. Andy Sterlini was always available up front, we were well on top and just needed to convert chances in to goals. Christian Simon was unlucky not to score after his shot looked destined for the back of the net. Mike Lord hit the post and prompted a goalmouth scramble from the rebound.

Yet nothing seemed to work and as the game progressed into the second half a bit of frustration crept in. We were well on top yet we changed tack to dribble more instead of passing more. We looked to hold the ball instead of moving it on quickly. Caught in possession or running into a solid wall of defenders we were more easily contained. We still created chances but they were not as many and not as good as they should have been.

Then we conceded a goal at our end, which the opposition deserved for their efforts. We finished very strongly but again were denied by the post and the final whistle.

So we lost 1-0 although we could have done much better we did more than enough to win by a fair margin. Hopefully lady luck will be back on our side next week.

Mike Lord

Saturday 8 October 2016: Letchworth 5th 0 – 5 Adelaide 3rds

Saturday 8 October 2016

Letchworth 5th  0  – 5  Adelaide 3rds

I was having a clear out of my superlatives drawer the other day and had selected quite a few items I was obviously never going to use again in my match reports when a small still voice stayed my hand and persuaded me hesitate.  I am glad I did, I have need of them all today.

We had a decent looking side to visit Letchworth .  Arguably a bit too long in “experience” and a little too short on legs but nonetheless of a quality that could eke out another result if we upped our game.

With a bare 11 we needed to conserve our energy and with two players coming back from injury we needed to be careful but I could not use the words conserve or careful to describe the barnstorming performance that unrolled.  Continue reading “Saturday 8 October 2016: Letchworth 5th 0 – 5 Adelaide 3rds”

Match Report: West Herts 7th v Southgate Adelaide 3rd (24 September 2016)

A match played in glorious sunshine brought us a glorious win, a rather unfamiliar experience recently. 
 
The early phases were quite even but we had the better of it in attack.  Luke, playing only his second match, positioned himself well to receive through passes and though he did not score showed that he will develop into a real asset up front.  Christian played a solid right half and showed he has really improved his tackling and positioning skills confirmed by a quite remarkable interception of a rising shot at goal.
 
Our objective was to not lose by too much but this had to change when Mike intercepted a ball in left attack, went for a mazey dribble round half the defence then slipped the ball through to Ashley who calmly went through two defenders before slotting the ball home to give us the lead.  Ben played with his usual panache but with a big plus.  He dominated the midfield and topped a great overall performance with a superb goal flicked in from a penalty corner.
 
The defence played resolutely.  New signing Wayne was a colossus at centre back making lots of excellent tackles despite a nine year lay-off from the game.   Jan-Willem at left half never tired of tackling back and making things awkward for the opposition.  Berl and Billy at wing backs pushed themselves to the limit and gave nothing away.  It was really unfortunate that just before half time the opposition earned a 50/50 short corner that was converted to make the game more interesting.
 
After the break Andy had several opportunities to show off his goalkeeping skills with great success.  Barry as sweeper did what it says on the tin with minimal fuss.  There were half chances at both ends before Wayne had to leave the pitch with a pulled hamstring.  After that it was discipline time while the clock wound down to the end of the game which we managed with just one scare.
 
So that leaves us in third place in the 9th division.  It sounds good even if we have only played one game!
 

Open Days 2016

Come along to one or both of our 2016 open sessions on Saturdays 3rd and 10th September 2016 (12:00-14:00 at Ashmole Academy astroturf pitch, Cecil Road, Southgate, N14 5RJ) in whatever kit you have (ideally with a blue and white shirt).  If you do not have a stick there will be one you can borrow. We will be playing a series of short matches for different levels of player so everyone can enjoy a game. Do call one of the club contacts if you want more information, or just turn up on the day.

Summer Hockey this Tuesday

Our next Summer hockey match is against the Pistons this Tuesday 21 June at Trent Park, push back 19:00, meet at Trent Park 18:45.  If you want to play contact John Hepburn. Or come along and cheer us on!Walking on air for a well-earned 2-2 draw against Cheshunt

 

Back to Hockey @ Ashmole Academy Tuesdays in June and July, 8pm to 9pm

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey in the past and want to start playing again?

Southgate Adelaide Hockey Club are taking part in the Back to Hockey initiative from England Hockey again this year and will be running a number of informal sessions for players or newcomers of all ability.

We will be holding our next Back to Hockey sessions at Ashmole Academy on Tuesdays in June and July from 8pm to 9pm.

See our Back to Hockey page for further details.

Back to Hockey @Ashmole Academy, Saturday 4th June from 12pm to 2pm.

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey in the past and want to start playing again?

Southgate Adelaide Hockey Club are taking part in the Back to Hockey initiative from England Hockey again this year and will be running a number of informal sessions for players or newcomers of all ability.

We will be holding our next Back to Hockey session at Ashmole Academy on Saturday 4th June from 12pm to 2pm.

See our Back to Hockey page for further details.

Back to Hockey @Ashmole Academy, Saturday 21st May from 12pm to 2pm.

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey in the past and want to start playing again?

Southgate Adelaide Hockey Club are taking part in the Back to Hockey initiative from England Hockey again this year and will be running a number of informal sessions for players or newcomers of all ability.

We will be holding our first Back to Hockey session at Ashmole Academy on Saturday 21st May from 12pm to 2pm.

See our Back to Hockey page for further details.

 

Hockey @ Walker Ground Open Day – Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016 11am til 6pm

This will be the second year that Southgate Adelaide Men and Hendon & Mill Hill Ladies will be having a Hockey Zone at this great community event. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our clubs and sport and we will have lots of advertising and promotional material. It is also the start of our summer recruitment campaign

This year the WG Day promises to be an improvement on last year so come along, bring your partners, friends and family have fun and catch up with both clubs.