Five go in at Spencer
By Dave Mason
Attacking fun in the sun
A slightly depleted Men’s 2s headed to Spencer in the Saturday afternoon sun full of confidence from an excellent start to the season. One thing on their minds – another three points.
With just 11 players, Barnes knew that using the ball efficiently would be the key to the day and Barnes started moving the ball around very well from the off. Down the right Richard Swayne and Max Bailey were linking up excellently with the latter beginning his onslaught of the Spencer back line. A back line that I can only imagine needed therapy because of Max’s skill and speed on the ball.
Despite dominating proceedings, the first goal didn’t come until about 20 minutes in when a short corner was squeezed past the Spencer keeper’s legs by Alex Scott. A much-deserved lead for the visitors.
Despite the odd fortuitous counter attack by Spencer, Barnes continued to dominate through to half time, the second goal coming after a string of long corners and Tom Cubbins (yes, from centre back) finding himself at the top of the D. A complete mishit looped the ball into the air and with the Spencer keeper waiting to palm the ball away, Max Bailey waved his stick, just tipping the ball over said palm and in.
At the start of the second half, Spencer came out strongly and put a little pressure on the Barnes defence. Théo in goal even got his second, and final, touch of the game to clear a hopeful cross into the D.
After giving Spencer their chance, Barnes carried on the domination that was the story of the afternoon, a rather sloppy third goal coming from the stick of Alex Scott before a fourth from a wonderfully worked short corner. Scotty and Nick Turnbull exchanging passes before the former completing his hattrick with a flick over the keeper.
More chances followed for Barnes, none more notable than a ball across the Spencer goal completely missed by Cubbs (he got lost again) and then, in turn, Matty George from about 2 yards out.
The tiredness of having no subs was definitely kicking in now but there was still time before the end to score the game’s finest goal. From a 16, a transfer out to Rich Swayne on the right, a pass up the line to Andre Bailey, a cross to the far side of the D where Oli Saxby was waiting to powerfully slap the ball past the keeper. Hockey is simple at times….
A 5-0 win to Barnes after what is our best performance of the season. 4 wins from 4, 17 goals scored and 2 conceded. Lovely.
MoM – Max Bailey for terrorising the Spencer defence
DoD – Alex Scott for trying to score a fourth goal when he should’ve passed it