The men’s 5’s started well, about 10 minutes into the first half we already had our first goal scored by Neil Martin after some great passing, constant pressure in the D and a number of shots on goal that were deflected. Neil slotted it in from the top of the D.
Barnes were looking strong though with some young whippersnappers running well down the wings and our defence were challenged a few times in the first half with a few penalty corners conceded. Thankfully Barnes could not convert. Towards the end of the first half we managed to score our second goal. Again a few quick passes through the middle and a saved shot on goal left Zak free to smash the ball into the back of the goal for his first goal of the season. We ended the half with some scrappy play but we did not concede.
At the beginning of the second half sadly the scrappy play continued. Barnes were putting us under pressure well and it was obvious that their younger team was slightly fitter. We had a few moments when we threatened the D and even won ourselves three penalty corners but we just couldn’t find the back of the goal. Eventually Barnes found a gap in our defence and get the ball passed Sam in goal bringing the score to 2:1. Then after a few more minutes Barnes won three consecutive penalty corners and on their third try they scored a second goal. This was sadly mainly due to the fact that we had stopped playing after the ball hit our defenders foot but no whistle had been blown. This brought the result to 2:2 and the game ended this way despite a few more chances on both sides.
Owen Brookes received man of the match for some great play in the middle and in defence and Pete Daynes received the thanks for coming vote for wearing socks and sandals and using his fake go pro during the warm up.