Week 3 of the season came, and after a tempestuous week 2 the Tring Love Bus (Mens 1sts) recorded a major win in the A41 Derby vs Aylesbury, setting up and early-season showdown with fellow table-toppers Abingdon next Saturday. Meanwhile the Ladies 1s recorded a big victory over Royston, the Ladies 2s recorded their first win of the season over Blueharts, the Ladies 3s kept their heads to beat Chiltern, the youngsters in the Development team went down valiantly to big-hitting Slough and the SuperVets were valiant in Defeat at Reading.
Men's 1s: 7 - Aylesbury: 0
Following on from a heroic come back last weekend the Tring Love Bus gathered at Garrison Halton to face an Aylesbury side full of experience and packed with cheeky, underhand know-how.
With a number forced personnel changes, mainly due to Max Baiden being called up for a lifetime stint with a higher power, Tring started slowly and struggled to find their shape and rhythm. The crowd started to become restless and were heard bemoaning that The Love Bus ‘must be in real trouble if Ewers is playing centre midfield’. They were right!
The Love Bus suddenly dipped the clutch and moved up two gears seamlessly and goals started to come. The insatiable Sammy Payne re-called following a long stretch on the side line while he pursued his dream of donning lycra and shaving himself all over (road cycling before you ask), was busy causing chaos down the right. In form Brent Gatley was linking the midfield and forward line to great effect and two short corners saw Tring 2-0. Shots against the poor Aylesbury keeper kept raining in and the Love Bus went into half time 4-0 up.
The second half saw more of the same but it was an honour to be on the pitch when two future super stars of the hockey world strode confidently onto the hallowed turf of RAF Halton to play their first game for the might mighty Tring Love Bus. Alister Carey and Lewis Barnes, coming up from the development team not only held their own but troubled the opposition and created great chances. Well done guys, great effort.
More goals went in with Ed Addy, Greg Roach and Gatley all amongst the action.
The game finished 7-0 and co-captain Cobby commented “it was a good run out for the boys and great to see Lewis and Alister getting on to the pitch and contributing. We will look to build on this now as we steam the Love Bus across to top of the table rivals Abingdon next weekend, but today, total hockey was the winner”. Cobby also commented “we had a nasty looking injury to Ferguson but I am sure he will be alright next week, luckily his face stopped the stick hitting anything more vital.”.
Well played chaps. Onwards and upwards.
Goals – Payne 1, Gatley 2, Addy 2, Roach 2
Ladies 1s: 5 - Royston: 2
Ladies 2s: 2 - Blueharts: 1
Ladies 3s: 4 - Chiltern: 2
Tring returned to a chilly Bedford yesterday to play Chiltern and started brightly with some great, pressure, passing and communication. This paid off with an early goal from Hannah. Chiltern hit back with a goal against the run of play, despite Millie’s best efforts in goal. But Tring kept the pressure on and two more goals from Ella took us to 3:1 at the turn.
A resurgent Chiltern after the break pulled one goal back leading to a nervy third quarter. However, the Tring defence held solid, earning Georgie the MOM. The midfield linked well and the attack switched up a gear again. Tring stretched their lead to 4:2 after a final goal for Ella and gave us a worthy away win against a strong side.
Mens' Development: 1 - Slough: 6
We had a difficult game this week, playing a Slough team that are renowned for their great stick work and hard hitting direct play. It was something the boys hadn’t come up against before and there were certainly a few comments about how hard Slough hit the ball.
The game started and at first we were knocking the ball around nicely but then a 16 hit (for Slough) that was more like a rocket! Straight to there centre mid and his strike (another rocket) to the centre forward and goal! I’m not sure many on the pitch actually saw it (let alone be able to do anything about it!)
And the story of the game was set. We had lots of pressure in and around the D but with age and know how in there side we struggled to get good shots on target or even win short corners. At half time we were 0-3 down.
We had a good halftime reset and came out full of fight for the second half. The boys were learning not to play through them, but around them and from this we were getting into the D and wining some short corners, on another day we might of had some goals from them but they just weren’t going in. Slough (again) managed to break quickly and score a fourth and then we sustained another adult injury (compounding the fact that we’d already lost two from the week before), we were now down to 2 adults & 9 colts. But the boys dug in and from one of the best moves of the match we got one back (which gave the boys some confidence that we could get through them) we had a few more short corners, but they were just not going in for us. As we were trying to press we were leaving ourselves a bit open at the back and Slough managed to get two late goals to finish us off.
It was a good but steep learning curve for the boys, but one I’m sure they will all learn from.
Well done and we’ll move on to next weeks game against Marlow
Reading: 8 - Supervets: 1