Sam Ward joins the 100 club

Hat-trick hero Sam Ward celebrates scoring in the EHL. Credit Euro Hockey League

Goals win games and having someone who can score them in your side is priceless. England and Great Britain star Sam Ward is one of those players. The scourge of defences since his debut as a fresh-faced excited child in Leicester’s Banana Bunch through to today when he has become an Olympian and an international striker he's always been able to find the net.  

Ward this week joined the 100 club. The Holcombe star brought up his century of Premier Division strikes against Beeston, the club where he plundered the majority of his goals.

Ward averages just over 1.3 goals per game, having scored his 100 inside just 75 matches, a superb ratio that rightly puts him up there as one of the most feared strikers in the domestic game.

His goal today whilst a landmark on a personal level was important for his side as Holcombe trailed 2-1 to Beeston until their No13’s intervention levelled things. Ward then helped lay on Barry Middleton’s winner nine minutes from the end to keep the Kent side top of the table.

Despite leaving his boyhood club, Beeston, the striker is held in great affection at the Nottingham Hockey Centre. With the Bees knocking Holcombe out of the cup last weekend, an “interview” with a Beeston official posing as a disappointed Ward was posted on Beeston’s YouTube Channel and this week on his return the striker was greeted with around 30 supporters wearing Sam Ward masks as featured in said video.

 

Goalkeeper George Pinner and defender Dan Fox both took to Twitter to pay tribute to their team mate, with Pinner’s tweet showing the unique bond between goalkeepers and strikers.

A delighted Ward told England Hockey: “It was really nice to score my 100th where my national league career started. The fans wearing masks of me and giving me lots of abuse added to the excitement! I remember my first goal aged 19 at Exeter away for the Bees. I didn’t think then I’d get to 100 but I’m over the moon to score 100 Premier League goals and hope to score more in the future for club and country.”

A slightly happier Ward spoke to Beeston for real this week. Watch the video below:





Congratulations to Sam Ward on his achievement and here’s to many more goals!