Ash fail to learn lesson of previous weeks
By Howard Smith
But 5s DO win Gash of the Year
For the third time this year, Ash have managed to pull a draw from the jaws of victory, not taking heed of the lessons from previous games. As The Impressions quite rightly said, the same things it took to get in a winning position are the same things you have to do to keep it. Only they said it about love, but I’m sure if they had seen us play, they would say it about us too.
The hockey does just keep getting better, this was the best the team had played so far, and against the best defence in the league, to score 4 goals was quite an achievement.
I was under strict instructions from Bambi to NOT mention a certain name in this report, but given his PoM winning performance, it seems harsh not to, even for me. Ed Hawes-Gatt has worked hard for us every game and has not had much luck, but this was his day. After fine work by Parker down the right, Ed calmly drew the keeper and lifted the ball over him into the roof of the net.
Skippy then tidied up from a short corner by slamming the ball home, along with a defender and the keeper.
Ed then went on a mazy run and slammed the ball into the corner of the goal from a sharp angle. Ed is such an important and popular member of the team, it’s great that all his efforts got some reward.
Cluett completed the scoring, tucking a short corner into the corner too. Just feel like that sentence needs another corner.
But we must learn to kill games when we are winning, panic set in, and it became Rourkes Drift, with no John Chard.
Ashford were another fair team, and definitely do the best teas in Kent, they played hard, never gave up, and also kindly supplied two excellent umpires.
So, the important part of the game, doughnut of the day, I could probably do another whole report just on the nominees this week.
Connor for chucking Ashford’s best and Ash’s strangest aerial. Ever.
Connor for lamenting our missed chances, saying we could be two up. The score at the time, yep, 2-0.
Neo, for such a callous and flagrant rule breach that he got sent off, only to be saved by DRS or VARS, depending on your sport.
Taddies, for thinking he is Dougie Howser, and actually doing a first class job, even the real medics said so.
But in the end, there really can only be one winner this week, and it’s a double whammy for Streats, doughnut of the day AND Gash of the year.
So devoted is Gary, that he was told to use his head, he toed the line completely and nodding a cross away like a true centre back. The picture shows you the result, 7 stitches and one huge headache later. I doubt that many of us will see a finer example of a gash than this for a long long time.
By the way, the lad that did this to Gary was 13, 4’6” and 6 stone.
Thanks also to Ant Wellard for coaching.