Derby Down for Men's 1sts

The local derby between our Men’s 1sts and Gordonians proved to be a tight game, even if neither team produced an abundance of flowing hockey. GCW started well and the home team were first to score through Josh Lawrence who got a touch on a direct ball from Harry Leggett.  While Gordonians certainly had more of the ball, GCW restricted them to very few open play opportunities.  The greatest pressure felt by keeper Mike Elder was during a sequence of three penalty corners, but GCW were able to successfully defend those chances.

Gordonians started the second period in determined mood, pushing forward in greater numbers. Eventually the pressure told with a swift open play goal to make it 1-1.  GCW then had a period of creating promising opportunities on the counter, but could not fashion a clean chance.  With just under 15 minutes left, Gordonians were perhaps a little fortunate to be awarded another corner chance.  This time the ball came off Elder’s foot into the player on the line and Gordonians scored the resulting stroke. With time running out, GCW threw everything forwards, but at the final whistle it was 2-1.  This was a much improved defensive performance from GCW, and sets a standard for the their coming games.

Jamie Howell gathered a somewhat patchwork Men’s 2nds to play Aberdeen Grammar 2s. Lack of game time together for GCW showed in the first half as Grammar took a 3-0 lead, but Ryan Taylor was able to grab a goal before half time to give his team a lifeline.  GCW played better in the second period and were able to build some sustained pressure, but could only find one goal through Derek Wood so the final score was 3-2.

Our Men’s 4ths recorded a 2-0 win against a determined Aberdeen Tigers team. Skipper Neil Edward managed to score with a less than clean strike in the first half, and Bryan Snelling added a second from a penalty corner near the end.  Special mention goes to youngster William Strachan who reportedly had an excellent game.

Gordonians 5ths provided the opposition for our Men’s 5ths on Sunday. While Gordonians had more control of the game, Liam Wedekind’s squad were full of running and put together some good phases of hockey.  Gavin Hunter, one of our older but very inexperienced players having taken the game up near the start of last season, scored with a deflected shot to give the 5s a goal, but Gordonians prevailed as 3-1 winners.

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