The day started early for the mighty Men’s 2s as they travelled to Swansea. The team welcomed Pete back after his cruise around the Irish Sea but sadly had to leave Minwaz on holiday abroad. This meant Captain Kirky had to step up. And step up he did. Ed Johnson stepped up from the 3s, nearly provided a perfect display in goal.

A team talk to remember and fantastic warm up meant the boys were fired up and ready to play the Welsh side. Robbies started fast out of the blocks ripping right through the heart of the opposition defence, scoring two quick goals. Swansea didn’t really offer much all half, and looked well beaten after Robbies scored their 3rd and 4th goals with only 25 minutes on the clock. The next 10 were probably Robbies worst passage of play, deciding we had won the game and there was no need to play proper hockey anymore. Half time, Robbies 4-0 up.

A solid half time team talk, with everyone agreeing we needed to keep it simple, pass the ball around them and rake up the goals as promotion could come down to goal difference in the end.

2nd half, min 1, Swansea came out to play. Putting us under pressure and played some hockey. After weathering the 5 mins of pressure Robbies were back on top.

7 goals in 25 mins. Robbies 11-0 up. Swansea’s youngest (14) but best player decided enough was enough and it was time for the Welsh to offer something up top, with some lovely skills found Ben Medland’s massive right foot in the D. Swansea then somehow managed to bundle the ball over the line with a bit of Swiss cheese defending.

Full time 11-1 win to Robbies. 3 points and some very very useful goals for the end of the season. Kirky decided to have to post game chat in the rain rather than in the changing room, odd move but fair play, stamping his own captaincy brand on the team.

Hat-tricks for Jake and Tidy, and goals from Sam, Sam, Russ, Kirky and Ollie. Jake took MOM, scored goals, celebrated dubiously and put in a good shift up top.

Pre-game in the changing room. After gloating that he had brought the correct socks Sam Leigh pulled out the wrong socks from his bag… this coupled with a great team performance meant there was only one person for DOD today.

Sam Leigh

Alex Kirkpatrick

Probably on the physio table