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Mens 2nd XI - Match centre

Pershore 1
Old Silhillians 2
Sat 6 Oct 13:30 - MRHA Midland Men's Open Hockey League - T3: South West Premier Full time

Pershore too strong for the Magoos

Russell double a highlight in defeat

So a trip to sunny Evesham - home of market gardening, charity shops and Pershore HC. It was a makeshift team that assembled (eventually) in the rain against a strong and dangerous looking first team. The new league structure is making for some 'interesting' games, and this was no exception.
It was clear from the start that Pershore were a force to be reckoned with. They attacked with pace and directness, and within 6 minutes, Sils were 2-0 down. The siege continued and despite the willingness of the entire team to dig in, it was tough going. Pershore scored three more times before half time, and it was only a consolation from Nick Oppenheimer that prevented it becoming a complete rout.
Half time - changes, tactical re-think and a good cry was needed. Having done all that, Sils looked much more cohesive in the second half. Great work from the youth of Ollie, Pema and John - along with a sterling effort from Rob Smith who was battered more than a Findus Fish Finger. Sils were also helped by the increasingly surreal ways that Pershore were being sent off; including one for urinating against a fence!!! That's one for QoS. Two goals from Simon Russell from penalty corners; and a superb team goal finished by Ollie Peel gave hope for the future. Pershore did score twice more; but the Sils should take heart from a great second half, and the idea that we will get tighter as a team.
It was a disappointing defeat, and we don't feel happy about that. On the plus side, there is a good team spirit developing, and we have the spine of a good side. MoM was between Rob and Simon - with the Russeller taking the vote based upon his two goals. Next week, we travel to the Real Madrid of local hockey - Stourport.

Team selection

Goldstraw, Jim Goldstraw, Jim
Jamieson, Tony Jamieson, Tony
Scott, John Scott, John
Bates, Shaun Bates, Shaun
Russell, Charlie Russell, Charlie
Russell, Simon Russell, Simon
Perkins, Gary Perkins, Gary
Smith, Rob Smith, Rob
Oppenheimer, Nick Oppenheimer, Nick
Gray, Warren Gray, Warren
Peel, Oliver Peel, Oliver

League round up

Other T3: South West Premier results

Hampton-in-Arden 2
Harborne 3
Kings Heath Pickwick 1
Warwick 3
4
1
Stourport 3
Redditch 2
2
3
University of Birmingham 4
13
1

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Old Halesonians 2 5 13
2. Sutton Coldfield 3 9 13
3. University of Birmingham 4 4 7
4. Warwick 3 2 6
5. Stourport 3 3 6
6. Pershore 1 2 4
7. Old Silhillians 2 6 4

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