Mens Veterans Team
Sat 27 Jan 2024
Portsmouth Hockey Club
Mens Veterans Team
South Berks Vets
Mens Vets vs South Berks Vets

Mens Vets vs South Berks Vets

Lucy Dunning2 Feb - 18:01
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The Vets had a very keenly contested encounter with South Berks, who were three places above them in the league, and earned the 2 - 1 win with a trademark battling performance.

The South Berks back four and keeper were as good as any we've played in the league and the scoreline of 0 - 0 at half time reflected the quality of both defences.

Early in the second half it was Portsmouth who took the lead when Pete Rayner burst through the midfield and the move culminated with Mark Wilson and John Pratt combining to slide the ball under the keeper. With ten minutes remaining South Berks equalized following a sustained period of pressure on the Portsmouth D.
Undaunted Portsmouth kept pushing forward and Jamie Fowler's ball into the D was deflected down a few feet by Mark Wheeler on to John Pratt who expertly steered it into the goal from knee height.

Karl Young looked to be heading for the DOD award due to leaving the shirts at home but John Pratt clearly earned the award when Pete Rayner found Mark Wheeler unmarked in an advanced position on the right of the D and after dummying the keeper he slipped the ball to John Pratt two yards out with an open goal - which John unbelievably missed. He is human after all!

Man of the Match award went to Colin Falla who consistently thwarted the South Berks attacks down their left wing and distributed the ball well. With walking hockey coaching, vets advice and of course his daughter, Kiera's coaching Colin is rapidly becoming a very valuable addition to the team.

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Sat 27 Jan 2024


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