London Roller Hockey Club’s National Division 1 team played the first competitive matches of the clubs history last weekend at the East Grinstead Sports Centre. London’s opening game of the season was against an experienced Herne Bay side who were looking to kick start their season. London controlled the game right from the first whistle, controlling possession and creating some fantastic goal scoring opportunities. As the game progressed London began to find their rhythm and kept the score board ticking over to take a well-deserved 5-1 win.
London faced a fast, youthful Herne Bay United team in their second match who soaked up the persistent London pressure very well. With London unable to convert their chances and their goalkeeper making some fantastic saves, the game was poised 0-0 at half time. Tactical changes from both teams at the break made for an exciting second half with London taking their first opportunity to go 1 up. London continued to control possession and eventually broke the resolute HBU defence down for their second. With 2 minutes to go a fatigued challenge reduced London to 4 for the remainder of the game but London’s keeper rose to the challenge and kept out numerous chances. HBU managed to nick a goal back with a minute remaining to set up a tense final few moments for the league’s newcomers but they held on to claim their second win of the day.
The final game of the day was against another fast and youthful side, Soham. London took control early on, implementing their attacking and possession systems to great affect taking a 4-0 lead into the break. With tiredness creeping in London controlled the game for the second half through organised possession and restricting the Soham side to very few chances. No goals from either side in the second half sealed London’s third victory in a row with a clean sheet.
Well done to all the players and staff that contributed to such a successful opening tournament for London Roller Hockey Club and thank you to Herne Bay for hosting a well spirited and competitive tournament. London’s next ND1 fixtures will take place on 10th January at the Project 2016 home tournament in Peterborough.