OBHC U14s captained by Josh Willis, son of OBHC legend Steve “No nonsense” Willis, made a strong start in their first two games of the season with a convincing win against Herne Bay and stalwart performance against Canterbury.

First up were Herne Bay who looked strong in their first game against Canterbury so Old Boys new they had to make a strong start.  With a new team under his command Josh won the toss and it didn’t take long for the boys to open the account with quick goals in a 5min spell 3-0 OBs.  However Herne Bay settled into the game and pulled the score back to 3-3 with each side having chances but it was Max “the magician” Colley who pulled the goal of the game out the bag deflecting a rocket ball from Pharrell “for real” Akpokomua.  What a way to open his goal scoring account.

Halftime the boys re-grouped and with no substitutes they knew they were in for a long ride, it didn’t take long though for the boys to assert their control with what has already been dubbed the short corner of the season.  Max “the enforcer” Sellar slap out to Willis top D body fake to Pharrell on the right then back in to Willis with a shot and then Ciaran “the hustler” Higgins mopping up the keepers pads.  The game ended 8-3 solid start for the boys however a bit of work to do defensively which would come in to play more against Canterbury.

The Canterbury game was always going to be tough particularly playing 10mins after the Herne Bay game and without subs it was dig in time.  Damage limitation was the key with the target of a goal, it wasn’t long though before canterhury were 2-0 up after a quick flurry of goals but it was the defence who rose to the challenge.  New kid on the block Peter “the terrier” Hendry stepped up to the plate with some death defying tackles, body on the line stuff ensuring the opposition were kept at bay.  Backed up by Max Sellar Old Boys stood their ground with 3 or 4 chances going begging at the back post at the other end following some flowing link up play by the Max C, Pharell, Ciaran and Josh.  Half time OBs went in 3-0 down not bad considering the effort with Josh Willis summing it up “…I’ll take that!

Time to draw a line under that and move onto the next job; play the final half to the full.  Unfortunately the goal they so longed for didn’t quite come but again chances were created but just couldn’t be finished.  The 2nd half only saw one goal which was an amazing achievement helped by none other than Joe “twinkle toes” Jenkins dancing across his goal line making some crucial double saves to keep the opposition for some adding.  The game ended 4-0 which even as a loss was by no means a disappointment.  Roll on the next challengers!

The OBHC U14s train on Monday nights 6pm til 7:30pm if you’re interested in giving it a go or joining our awesome club contact info@obhc.co.uk or visit out contact page by clicking here. #whataclcub #wearehockey

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