Men's EHL Promotion Tournament - Day One

Men's EHL Promotion Match 1

Canterbury 2 (0)

Nat Joy 58 (PC)

Michael Farrer 64 (F)

Brooklands MU 3 (1)

Peter Friend 22 (F)

Olli Clements 37 (F)

David Seddon 63 (PC)

Match Report

Brooklands MU put themselves in a very strong position in the Men’s EHL Promotion Tournament with a 3-2 victory over Canterbury to leave them with maximum points after two matches.

The Manchester club started very brightly and were unlucky not to take the lead after two minutes with a defected shot going just past the post. Canterbury had much of the play early on and earned their first penalty corner after 12 minutes which was saved by the Brooklands keeper. Canterbury went down to ten men on 22 minutes when they lost Stuart Goodman to a yellow card and this proved to be very costly as just two minutes later Brooklands MU took the lead through their second penalty corner of the match. Although the injection was mis controlled, the ball made it back into the circle where Peter Friend was able to deflect the ball into the net.

The rest of the half was very even and despite some late Canterbury pressure, the score remained 1-0 at half time.

It took Brooklands just two minutes to double the lead in the second half when Olli Clements struck a fine shot from the edge of the D into the bottom left hand corner. Canterbury were once again down to ten men at this stage having had Huw Stevens yellow carded just before the break. The next phase of play was even once again with the sides exchanging penalty corners without success, before Canterbury piled on the pressure with three penalty corners in five minutes. It was this pressure that finally paid off when their third corner was converted by Nat Joy after Kwan Browne’s initial shot was saved by the inform Brooklands keeper Chris Scott.  

The Canterbury keeper Diccon Stubbings made a great triple save in the 61st minute, however this lead to a penalty corner which was converted by David Seddon with the ball going into the roof of the net off the keeper. Canterbury very quickly got a goal back to make the score 3-2 when captain Michael Farrer scored a fine goal on his reverse with just six minutes left. However, the Kent side could not find a way through the Brooklands defence who held on to secure the vital win.

Men's EHL Promotion Match 2

Team Bath Buccaneers 0 (0)

University of Exeter 6 (4)

James Royce 4 (F)

Tom Carson 22,24,31 (F,F,PC)

Brendon Noble 38 (PC)

Gareth Davies 41 (PC)

Exeter University ran riot against Team Bath Buccaneers to set up an all or nothing game against Canterbury tomorrow at the Men’s EHL Promotion tournament.

The game started slowly with Exeter University having the majority of the possession and it was Exeter who broke the deadlock on four minutes when James Royce found some space in the D to hit a low powerful shot through the keeper. Exeter enjoyed the better of the play for the majority of the first half and this showed when Tom Carson went on a scoring spree and netted a hat trick in just nine minutes. The first goal came from a James Royce interception when he went one on one with the keeper before squaring the ball for Carson to tap into an empty net. Carson showed great skill for his second when he converted after a solo run into the D, with his hat trick being completed from a penalty corner to leave the score 4-0 at half time.

If the victory was in any doubt, this was soon vanished just three minutes into the second half when Exeter made it 5-0 through a Brendon Noble Penalty Corner. It took them just another three minutes to score their sixth and final goal of the game when Gareth Davies also netted from a penalty corner. Exeter University enjoyed the better of the final play but they were unable to convert any more goals past keeper James Bailey, with the score finishing 6-0.

All this means that Exeter University have an all or nothing game tomorrow against Canterbury with the winner joining Brooklands MU to play in the Men’s EHL Premier Division next season. Due to Exeters superior goal difference, a draw will be enough to put them up ahead of Canterbury.

The table after day one is as follows –

Position Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Brooklands MU 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6
2 University of Exeter 2 1 0 1 6 1 5 3
3 Canterbury 2 1 0 1 7 6 1 3
4 Team Bath Buccaneers 2 0 0 2 3 11 -8 0