London took on Herne Bay United in the Premier League this Sunday morning. After a disappointing opener against defending champions King’s Lynn, London were keen to make amends.
The visitors started positively controlling the ball and were rewarded for their dominant display with a well worked counter attack between Arroyo and De Figueiredo who finished to put London one up. However after a very strange decision which saw three London players sat on the bench mysteriously blue carded at the same time London were taken down to two men and the goalkeeper. From this HBU scored their resulting direct free hit and one on the power play. Despite London’s continued possession game they found themselves down 2-1 at half time.
During the break London knew that if they remained patient the goals would come and they would take the lead they deserved.
London must have had around 90% possession in the second half, not giving HBU a sniff and it wasn’t long before Nualart levelled for London. London then continued to dominate play and were rewarded with devastating efforts from Arroyo and Biancardi. At 4-2 up London just had to continue to hold the ball and they did just that. With 30 seconds to go HBU saw a lucky flick shot sneak under Milne but it wasn’t enough and London held on to a victory they thoroughly deserved.
Milne, De Figueiredo (1), Biancardi (1), Nualart (1), Arroyo (1), Lim, Carvalho, Seal-Driver, Maruszak (c)
Assistants: Gonzalez, Crow
London travelled to Maidstone for their first Kent League game of the season. The visitors controlled the ball all game and rarely had spells were they needed to defend. They might rue their finishing, but still ran out comfortable winners.
Team: Milne, Bartlett, Gotts, Gonzalez, Lim (1), Seal-Driver (1), Nualart (2)
Lanware Man of the Match: Joan Nualart
Thanks for the game, Maidstone. See you again soon!
In their first game of the season London took on defending champions King’s Lynn at The Den with high hopes of a good performance following a rigorous pre-season.
The game started well for the hosts who dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes. However it was the visitors who struck first from a counter attack. London then made a couple of tactical changes, but this allowed Lynn to control the ball a bit more and get themselves more of an impact on the game – a deflected effort from distance doubled the visitors’ lead before London sloppily lost the ball on the halfway line to allow Lynn to counter again and stretch their lead to three. London continued their pressing game however and started to add a bit more fire to their attack for which they were rewarded through Rodrigo Carvalho. Despite a number of late chances London were behind at half-time, 1-3. London were disappointed with a game they were controlling, but were too slow in attack and paid the price for three moments where they lost concentration.
This spurred London on who came out of the traps fast in the second half, but showed too much naivety, allowing Lynn to score another counter attack as they pressed forward. London did return with a second goal as Daniele Biancardi converted from the spot, but they couldn’t make their dominance pay as they allowed Lynn a fifth through some woeful defending. Inaki Arroyo then netted as London continued their fightback to take the score to 5-3, but from this point the more London pressed, the more Lynn looked to slow the game down and London played right into their hands. King’s Lynn grabbed a further two goals from behind the goal, leaving London with no choice but to go gung-ho. From this point Lynn picked London off who could only manage 2 in return. London were left to rue what was a very lazy and ill-disciplined performance, but stayed together after the game for some social bonding and ready to tackle their next opponents.
Team (goals): Milne, Nualart, De Figueiredo, Arroyo (2), Biancardi (2), Perez, Seal-Driver, Maruszak (c), Carvalho (1)
Lanware MOTM: Inaki Arroyo
This week London RHC spoke with London’s No.1 Dan Milne, the Dragon between the sticks for a third consecutive season.
Q: Why did you move to London and why have you stayed for your third consecutive season?
A: I was approached by the club as they were starting to build a team. They explained that they were entering into the national league and asked me if I wanted to be their goalkeeper.
The reason I stayed with the club isn’t just because of the Premier League, but because the players are more than just a team. We all socialise together, have a laugh and generally respect each other. They are like a family and I have never been part of a team like that before.
Q: Describe the pressure you face as London’s no.1?
A: It’s a difficult position as the team rely on me (just as much as I rely on them). There is pressure on me not to concede silly goals and to help guide the team throughout the game. Honestly, I don’t feel much pressure during the games as the team are reliable and rarely cause any problems for me in goal, other than the occasional direct free hit. There is always the pressure of not being the reason the team lose any games, but with the team and the training, I’m sure that will never happen.
Q: What do you make of London’s chances in the Premier League this season?
A: Personally I think we have a big chance of winning the title this year and getting into the CERS Cup or European League in 2018. We have a very strong team who put in 100% every time they have their skates on. We always put up a good fight and can beat anyone on our day. Seeing everyone evolve from the start of last season to the final match, I think it puts us in good stead to be contenders for this year’s trophy.
Q: What are the biggest differences between the club this year and last season?
A: As most people know, we have a new coach. That has made the biggest difference in our club, with training, game play etc. We had a hard pre-season, with lots of training and fitness, more “off the ball” training… which I have also been involved in.
We have also had new players start at the club, with some training and others who have registered for the upcoming season.
And if you would like to join us as a player or feel you could compete with Dan for the no.1 goalkeeper spot then e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRHA Results from 5th November 2017 at The Den:
London 6-5 Farnham
London 4-2 Invicta
London 5-5 Maidstone
Team (Goals): Dan Milne (GK), Nik Bartlett, Michael Maruszak (1), Joan Nualart (6), Hanwei Lim, Jackson Martin, Marc Gonzalez (2), Jaime Perez (4), Rodrigo De Carvalho (2)
To see the updated SECRHA Division 1 league table visit the competitions page.
On the weekend of 21 – 22 October London RHC took part in EHRC Marathon’s 70th Anniversary International Invitational Tournament at The Hague’s illustrious Zuiderpark Sports Campus.
In the same complex as the club’s outdoor rink, London were fortunate enough to compete in the 3,500 capacity stadium, home to many of Europe’s top athletic competitions.
The competition itself featured clubs from different age groups from all over Europe. In the senior pool there were clubs from Belgium, The Netherlands, England and Germany.
In the first game of the tournament London took on K.V. Rolta RHC Leuven from Belgium. The Belgians weren’t a match for London and despite the majority of possession and conceding no more than one or two chances London could only stretch to a 4-0 win against a very tight defense… but a comfortable win nonetheless.
In the second game London took on host team Marathon and again were a league above their opposition. Despite being unable to get out of second gear after their long journey to Holland, London still controlled possession and created a number of chances. Although they hit the woodwork more than they would have liked, London still grabbed a comfortable 2-1 win.
In the tournament final London played RESG Walsum, a different kind of team to the others previously faced. Walsum are currently 4 games into the Bundesliga campaign and train 4 times per week, preparing for their CERS Cup game in Lleida in two weeks time. London on the other hand are yet to start their domestic league and with a depleted squad had to make a big effort to stand up to the Germans. After going 2-0 down inside the first 15 minutes, London soon rallied back with Daniele Biancardi scoring from the penalty spot before Joel De Figueiredo flicked the ball past the Walsum goalkeeper on the counter-attack. As London started to gain momentum the Germans held the ball behind the Dragons goal to close out the score at half-time to 2-2.
In the second half fatigue started to hit London unlike Walsum who could rotate an entire squad. Despite chances at both ends of the rink it was the Germans who controlled the second half and with 10mins remaining grabbed a third. Following this two goalkeeper plunders led to two more goals offering Walsum a comfortable finish to the game to win 5-2. This was a valiant effort from London against an in form Walsum side who we hope to meet again soon.
Goal scorers: Biancardi (4), De Figueiredo (2), Lim (1), Gonzalez (1)
London will embark on another international adventure this Friday to take part in EHRC Marathon‘s 70th Anniversary International Tournament in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Dragons will play four games against German Bundesliga outfit RESG Walsum, host club Marathon and Belgian team Rolta Leuven.
And we cannot wait!
Team to travel: Jim Seal-Driver, Joel De Figueiredo, Hanwei Lim, Daniele Biancardi, Inaki Arroyo, Dan Milne, Marc Gonzalez
Head Coach: Marc Gisbert Lacruz
London dismantled Letchworth today in a friendly at The Den. After a fast start with both teams testing one another with possession it was London who took a 3 goal lead with goals from Joel De Figueiredo (2) and Rodrigo De Carvalho. After two dubious penalties for the visitors and some nice one twos from the Dragons the score at half time was London 6-2 Letchworth.
In the second half the game got a little scrappier as both teams tired. London continued to test the goalkeeper however and were rewarded with a further 6 goals with Letchworth grabbing just 2.
LONDON (Goals scored): Joel De Figueiredo (5), Daniele Biancardi (3), Rodrigo De Carvalho (3), Joe Gotts (1), Michael Maruszak, Dan Milne, Marc Gonzalez, Hanwei Lim
Roller Hockey’s longest standing competition is the Kent League. Run by an affiliation separate to the National Roller Hockey Association of England, the Kent League is a home and away format, and looks to promote a high standard of hockey to the South East regions best clubs.
Teams for participation in the 2017-18 Season Men’s League include:
London, Herne Bay (x2) Herne Bay United (x2), Invicta (x2), Maidstone