After the truncation of our 100th Season, the 101st finally got started as we moved to Step 5 and crossed the lines once again. Just getting out onto the pitch was a major success enabled by our incredible Leadership group, Captains, Coaches and of course everyone who’s been to training and made themselves available! Friendlies over, it was down to business.
The first week saw the Ladies 1s edge out local rivals Berkhampstead, the Men's 1s restarting the Tring Love Bus with a resounding win over Sonning, and while results weren't so good for the Ladies 2s and 3s, Men's Development and Supervets there were strong performances throughout... read on for reports for each team.
Ladies 1s: 3 - Berkhampstead: 2
The ladies 1s played at Berkhamsted on Tring astro - an important game for both points and pride!
In the first half Tring played some excellent hockey, with several chances. However Berkhamsted scored a goal late in the half to leave them 1-0 up at half time.
Following brilliant passing and creativity across the team, amazing hustle from Daisy Wade led to one goal and then another to leave us 2-1 up. Soon afterwards, a slick short corner created a third goal for Tring. Berko scored one more goal to make it a nail biting finish but it wasn't enough... Tring put a great shift in and held it to the end... were victorious! It must have been a good performance, as even Buddha was happy... Great start to the season everyone!
Mens 1s: 7 - Sonning: 0
After a summer of soul-searching for the Men’s section the Tring Love Bus welcomed Sonning to Garrison Halton to usher in a new era. Not knowing what to expect from ourselves or the opposition, Tring exploded out of the gate, moved the ball around with slick passing, controlled triangles and won multiple short corners. Tring opened up a healthy lead at half time, despite Cobby firing a wonderful shot into the spare goal that was 3m behind the baseline.
The second half saw more of the same, and despite a couple of scares Harry kept out the few shots that Sonning got off and preserved what will hopefully be the first of many clean sheets. The performance being topped off by a perfectly executed short corner being deflected in at the far post. It was a full team performance, highlighted by the number of different nominees for Man of the Match, ultimately being won by Will Jack, with goals for Cobby, Will Jack, Brent, Swifty and Greg.
Letchworth: 4 - Ladies 2s: 1
Letchworth started the game with lots energy and big hitting power, and our D was under constant attack which saw us concede an early goal. We managed to match them for the rest of the half and went into the break 1-0 down. In the second half we saw wonderful skills from Holly, Elly and Maeve, and a couple of super saves from Jade. However the opposition maintained great shape and passing ability and we conceded a couple of goals. However we scored a brilliant goal which involved great build up play from the midfield, and a superb finish from Maeve. Ultimately we were out hit by a well drilled letchworth side and went down 4-1, with lots of positives to build on.
Bishop Stortford: 5 - Ladies 3s: 0
The Ladies 3’s travelled to Bishop Stortford for their first league match of the season. Arriving late, due to the M25 being closed, the girls quickly warmed up and familiarized themselves with some new players. Ruby, from the Academy, took the centre half position and Anna, also from the Academy, was at left back. It was obvious from the start that Bishop Stortford had some strong players and we would have to be really switched on to be in with a chance. However, at half time, when we were 2-0 down, we soon realised that this would be a tough one! They had a few players who were very speedy (perhaps too speedy for this league...) and umpires who clearly supported the home team. Natalie, who courageously played in goal, saved us many times, even from some of Lilliane’s shots! Having Sarah at the back taking control meant that we continued to defend hard however it just wasn’t enough for their very strong attackers (perhaps too strong for this league...). Eventually, cold and wet, we finished on a 5-0 loss. Not the way we wanted to start the season, however we knew it would be tougher, having been promoted for the previous two years. Onwards and upwards for next week!
Men's Development: 3 - Maidenhead Monarchs: 4
The development team got off to a good start with some excellent play and taking a two goal lead. The opposition then put us under a lot of pressure and got two goals back to go in at half-time level.
The second half started with a quick goal from Maidenhead, after that we had a lot of pressure with a few chances and then we levelled with an equaliser from Lewis Barnes.
It then became end to end but unfortunately Maidenhead scored a late winner. It was a great team effort with a lot of positives to take forward.
Supervets: 0 - Bromley and Beckenham: 7
A tough start for the Vets league campaign. We started well and were the dominant side for the first 20 minutes. An excellent goal line clearance stopped Tring taking the lead, and we could not convert the short corner chances. That was the difference between the sides, Bromley did have a good routine and converted their chances. Positives from the game was our structure and fitness, the final score flattering the visitors
As we enter October the Men's 1s make their first raid inside the M25 to take on Eastcote, the Ladies 1 head to Shefford and Sandy, the Ladies 2s are away at Bedford, while the Ladies 3s welcome St Albans to Tring Sports Centre. The Men's Development team host Slough Despondents and the Supervets venture into Essex to take on Chelmsford.