London RHC’s National Division 1 team travelled up to their first tournament of 2016 in Peterborough for Project 2016’s tournament on 10th January. The team were looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 6 games after taking the maximum 9 points from their first tournament.
London faced a well drilled Project 2016 team full of future England internationals for their first match of the day. This was a thrilling match that certainly had everything! London took the lead early in the first half with a well worked team goal, exploiting a lapse of concentration in the opposition defence. As the half time whistled edged closer Project 2016 struck with a smartly finished counter attack, taking the scores level into the break. London continued to have the lion share of possession in the second half but were unable to finish their chances in front of the opposition goal. As the half progressed the tension built and both teams picked up cards reducing the teams to an exciting 4 on 4 match for a short while. London struck with 2 minutes left on the clock with a quickly executed counter attack edging into a narrow 2-1 lead and immediately began to soak up the Project 2016 pressure on their goal. Project managed to squeeze an equaliser through a blistering shot from the wing with 16 seconds left of the clock to draw the game level at the final whistle. Not the maximum 3 points London were after but the unbeaten record still in check!
The second game of the day was against the side from HBU who London had already beaten in their first tournament of the year. The game followed a similar pattern to the teams last meeting with London controlling the possession game but HBU proving difficult to break down. HBU took the lead into the break, finishing a deadly counter attack into the roof of London’s net. At half time the team regrouped and immediately set about drawing the game level. A well worked team move straight from the training ground drew the game level and London went on to edge the game with a smartly taken piece of individual skill from outside the box. Key saves from London’s goalkeeper kept them ahead and the 3 points were in the bag at the final whistle. Promotion back on track!
Finally, London faced a depleted Farnham side who were missing players for the tournament forcing them to forfeit the points from their matches. Farnham borrowed a couple of players from the Project 2016 squad and the game went ahead. London dominated the game through to the final whistle after a shaky start with the scores tied at 1-1. London went on to score both well worked team and individual goals, running out eventual 10-1 winners.
Another positive tournament for London as they remain unbeaten in National Division 1!
Well done to all who were involved on the day and congratulations to all the referees who passed their assessments on the day!