London RHC played their remaining matches of the season at the final National Division 1 tournament, held in Maidstone over the weekend. London started the day strong, registering an 8-0 victory against Soham before a second clean sheet day was earned against Cottenham who London beat 10-0.
The final match of the day was a thrilling one against the hosts Maidstone who managed to get themselves 2-0 up before London registered a goal of their own to take the score to 2-1 at the break. London fought hard all match against a Maidstone team who must be credited for their strong defensive performance. A tiring London side just couldn’t turn the scoreboard in their favour and eventually Maidstone held on to record a 4-3 win over the league champions.
London RHC would like to reiterate their thanks to all that have contributed to making our first season such a success. The club is extremely proud of what has been achieved and can not thank or congratulate the players, staff, volunteers and sponsors enough for their efforts this season!
London Roller Hockey Club were crowned National Division 1 Champions at the weekend as their closest title challengers, Maidstone, dropped valuable points at Cottenham’s home tournament. London secure the top spot with 3 games still to play and are looking to end the season unbeaten in National Division 1.
A huge congratulations to all the players, coaches and volunteers that have all contributed towards London Roller Hockey Club’s hugely successful inaugural season. The dedication and commitment shown by all has certainly fuelled such a fruitful first season as National Champions. Good luck to the team in their final 3 games of the division as the push for an unbeaten season continues!
A dominant home tournament display from the London RHC National Division 1 squad earned them all 12 points at the weekend and a giant step closer to the Premier League! On Sunday 13th March the Manchester, Maidstone, Project 2016 and Herne Bay teams travelled to the Lions Community Centre to face the top of the table side looking to seal promotion in their inaugural season.
London started their day against one of their closest rivals Manchester, the previous match between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw. With London keen to take the initiative early in the game, 2 quick goals settled the team as London began to assert their dominance. Manchester managed to pull one back before London slotted home another two before the break. With London controlling their possession game into the second half they controlled the match to the final whistle earning them their first 3 points of the day.
The second game of the day for London was against Maidstone, another title contender. The match was very close with Maidstone playing a tight defence looking to exploit the counter attack. London got the scoreboard moving first with a well worked team goal but Maidstone struck back after some patient play. The game moved backwards and forwards before London started to take control snatching another to take a 2-1 lead. With only seconds of the first half remaining Maidstone grabbed an equaliser taking the teams level into the break. The second half was tense with both sides squandering opportunities but with 5 minutes to go London found the winner and held possession until the end of the game earning them another victory.
London’s third game was against the well organised Project 2016 team. London controlled the match from the start, restricting Project’s opportunities on the London goal and starving them of possession. 2 first half goals followed by a further 3 in the second half saw London run out 5-0 winners and a well earned clean sheet too.
The final game of the day for London was against Herne Bay. Again London controlled the match enjoying the lion share of possession and regularly adding to the scoreboard. London played their system very well and converted some excellent team goals to run out eventual 8-1 winners. A dominant performance to round of a perfect 12 point day for the team.
With just one tournament left to play for London, one more win will crown them champions!
Well done to all players and staff involved and a special thank you must go to the parents of the Project 2016 who helped out with the timekeeping on the day!
London Roller Hockey Club are only a solitary victory away from clinching their first title after a 9 point weekend at Herne Bay United’s home SECRHA tournament. It was an early start for the team, leaving London at 6am to make it to the Bay Sports Arena to take on Invicta in their first match of the day. London took a few minutes to get going but soon took a hold of the game, controlling possession and limiting Invicta to only a couple of shots on the London net. The match ended 5-2 in London’s favour.
After a short break London were straight back on the rink to face the organised HBU outfit and found themselves behind after a couple minutes through a deflected goal from the hosts. London rallied and levelled the scores but after a few frantic minutes with the team fouls mounting against them they found themselves behind 3-1 going into the break. The score remained the same deep into the second half, a time-out was called with just over 6 minutes to go, London knew it was now or never if they were going to take anything from this game. Piling on the pressure London executed their attacking plays to level the game with just over 2 minutes left on the clock. Pressuring the ball London were able release a counter attack snatching the winning goal and securing another 3 points with their second win.
The final game of the day was against Herne Bay and after a closely fought first half the scores were tied 1-1 at the break. London worked hard to break down the opposition defence in the second half and the scoreboard was soon ticking over comfortably with some well worked team goals and individual break-away’s. London ran out eventual 8-1 winners to seal the 9 point weekend and move within 3 points of the SECRHA Senior League title.
Well done to all!
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!
The results from London RHC’s Kent League and SECRHA Senior League matches have been updated in the Teams section. Head over to check out the latest league tables and other results too!
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.
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