1st XI v Winchester 2nd XI

Feb 1, 2016

Gillingham men’s 1st XI were pumped up ready for top of league clash against Winchester 2nd XI following the humiliation 10-0 defeat away from home. The game started at a fast pace but a Steve Hall foul (preventing shot) 10 minutes into the game resulted in a flick against run of play 0-1. From that initial breakthrough WHC didn’t really have a sniff at goal and some excellent Gillingham play started ripping them to shreds with neat passing, and it wasn’t long before a Sam Rutter pass to Hall top of the d. reverse hit strike for  Huw Lloyd to touch in, 1-1. The GHC second was a breakaway goal, James Rudling and Hall on right, cross in to of circle for Edward Feltham to strike with a quality hit 2-1. More hard work from the forwards led to a short corner, up strode Joe Miller and flicked into the corner 3-1. Again against the run of play WHC got one back from a short corner, they looked dangerous from these but GHC managed to hold onto a 3-2 lead at half time. Winchester started the second half with a high press, and on one of these a poor clearance let the attack in with a deflection over the keeper, 3-3 and it got worse when a poor pass on the left was missed by Greg Ridout in the GHC goal for a tap in and 3-4 down. There was then a period of ill-discipline with Joe Miller getting a green card for some verbal abuse, but whilst he was off Chris Heal and Matt Lewis linked up the right hand side which resulted in a breakaway goal for Heal 4-4. Miller then got a yellow card, not sure a huff really warranted it but the umpires by this time were having trouble controlling the game, missing stick blocks and pushing in the circle, Captain Christian Bennett was bundled to the floor and the forward finished, 5-4 down. Hall then got a green for obstruction and members of the crowd were also asked to leave the pitch, they really had lost control. The final 5 minutes was all GHC but the pressure did not yield a goal and it finished as a 5-4...

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1st XI v Aldershot & Farnham

Jan 25, 2016

It all began on a Saturday morning, the weather was typical of a maritime temperate climate. There very early even though skipper fashionably late. Warm up took place around salubrious surroundings of littered local comprehensive school. GHC were as usual slow to start, they still hadn’t shaken off their Christmas fatigue, what with their previous game being postponed. Captain Christian Bennett being no exception, giving the ball away in an unfortunate position, left joe Miller to defend a 1 on 1 but was left stranded as A and F capitalised….. 1-0 The half time team talk was all about keeping position, clinical passes, just uping the effort all round and winning more short corners. 2 minutes into the second half, a run from Chris heal from midfield, terrible stick tackle in the D, short corner won. 8 was the call and boom, goal time 1-1. No clear cut chances from A & F didn’t meant GHC defence were left bored in the second half but building on the 1st goal of 2016, GHC kept up the pressure. Huw Lloyd won more short corners, Edward & Ollie were relentless, the forward line worked together like a well oiled machine. 2-1 came courtesy of a solid short corner routine, finished by Joe Miller who was later voted MoM. The wheels are in motion for the GHC love bus that is our drive for promotion, 3 points & plenty of...

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Mens 1st XI v Havant 3rd XI

Dec 14, 2015

Gillingham 1XI vs Havant 3XI Saturday 12th December  After two disappointing results against decent opposition, it was important that Gillingham got back into winning ways.  The match started well for the home team and they soon created space and chances due to some excellent link up play down both flanks. In his last game for Gillingham, Hugh Freese drove them forward with power and creativity, but early missed chances brought on a feeling of deja-vu.  About half way through the first half Gillingham won their first short corner And took the lead.  The Havant keeper could not cope with Freese’s shot and it deflected onto his defenders foot in front of goal. Up stepped Captain Snoopy to out-psyche the goalie and put away the penalty flick with ease. 1-0.  The game continued with again Gillingham having more possession and the best chances. Steve got another green card for a rash challenge and had to take to the half way line ‘deckchair of shame’. With five minutes to go before the half time break, Huw missed the chance of the game when he booted the ball over the line instead of using his stick. It was a fantastic ball in from Chris  Heal and it deserved a goal. This would later make Huw Dick of the Day!  Half time 1-0.  Gillingham were determined not to let this lead go and again were passing well and creating chances. After 45 Havant started to create more opportunities but Miller kept them at bay with a series of fantastic tackles. Then the breakthrough came as they drove forward with the ball. Snoopy’s great tackle seemed to have stopped yet another attack when the attacker clearly kicked the ball to his colleague, who slotted in the equaliser. Neither umpire saw this but it was quite obvious from the sideline. Steve was again taking time out at this point!!  Naughty boy! 1-1.  The 1-1 score line seemed unjust and to add to Gillingham’s woes they lost Sam Rutter with nasty ball to the head/eye incident.  He was playing beautifully and so was a big loss to the team. Thanks must be given to the very sporting Havant team for giving emergency medical assistance. Sorry about the bloody shirt Havant!   The conceding of the controversial goal and their team mate bloodied seem to galvanise the blues and the last 10 minutes saw the them push for a win. The game was wide open now and it was Gillingham who were in the ascendancy with possession and territory. With four minutes to go Matt Lewis choked and scuffed his shot. Was that the game changing chance?  One last push and Gillingham were rewarded with a short corner. For once, this went to plan and a slip to the left found Chris in space to slot home from ten yards. A superb short corner. 2-1.  A deserved 3 points gained through quick passing, stout defending and team spirit. Beer, spag bol and Christmas jumpers were enjoyed by all. A win dedicated to Freese (good luck mate) and Sam for his head ache!  Man of the Match: joe Miller (excellent tackling)  Dick of the Day: huw Lloyd (missed open...

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Weymouth 1st XI v Gillingham 1st XI

Dec 7, 2015

Weymouth 1XI vs Gillingham 1XI 5th December 2015 The winner of this fixture would go second in the league. Gillingham were also keen to put last weeks disappointing result behind them but they knew Weymouth would be a tough proposition. Although their were to be no excuses today, it has to be said that the day didn’t start well with the Dorchester to Weymouth road being closed due to an accident. After the inevitable cross country detour the team assembled late (minus our captain) and warmed up quickly on the days bouncy carpet. Five minutes to go, only 10 players and still no Snoopy! Time to unleash the secret weapon- coach Andy! Weymouth started well and were immediately finding space in dangerous areas. An early short corner, luckily found its way to their centre forward who smacked the ball across Greg and into the bottom corner. Not a great start! 1-0.  After 5 minutes our inspirational skipper arrived but it did nothing to halt the home teams lust for a second goal. A long ball in from wide found their best player on top D. He turned and placed his reverse shot just inside the post. 0-2.   Gillingham started to create chances of their own but were also guilty of giving away another short corner and bang! Goal number three. The striker’s hat-trick – 0-3. It was all going wrong! You have to take your chances in this league and Weymouth were doing just that. As the half time came, inspirational words from our coach and Bubba were needed, and the Gillingham troops were ready to fight back. The second half saw Gillingham have the most of the ball, create lots of chances and have numerous short corners. They dug deep and showed lots of commitment, even if on occasions this manifested itself in (harsh) cards. OT, Steve, Chris and Snoopy all unlucky to take forced breaks during the game. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t to be. The blues were simply not clinical enough with their passing and shooting, and the Weymouth keeper was fantastic. Final score 0-3. A day to forget, so beer, soup and home via those country lanes. Big game next...

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Mens 1st XI v Trojans 2nd XI

Nov 30, 2015

Gillingham 1XI vs Trojans 2XI Saturday 28 November 2015 Every week throws up a new challenge for the recently promoted Gillingham 1XI. This week it was the visit of Trojans 2XI, who after a slow start to the season had picked up recent points and confidence.  The women’s 1XI provided the inspiration needed for the Men’s team, hammering Bournemouth 3-0. Despite not starting with the ball, we started well and scored an early breakaway goal courtesy of a Matt Lewis through ball to OT. He made no mistake with his first time shot under the keeper. An early lead. (1-0)  Even though we were having less of the ball,  Gillingham doubled the lead on 10 minutes when a quality cross came in from the left. It found Huw, who beat the keeper to the ball and scored from close range with skill. (2-0) We knew Trojans would be skilful due to recent results against top of the league Winchester and due to their scary name. Their skilful forward line soon came into the game with 2 quick fire goals from open play.  (2-1) (2-2). Doh!  The game was being played at a ferocious pace, with Gillingham missing several chances to extend their lead. As the half time whistle blew, the 2-2 score line was probably a fair reflection of the match so far. The second half started as the first had ended. Both teams having to deal with pressure, fast passing moves and the occasional mistake, which needed punishing. Tackles were flying in and commitment was high. It was Trojans who found space in the D after 45 minutes and they were suddenly in the lead. (2-3) To the home teams credit, they didn’t give up and were rewarded with a trio of short corners. After two efforts, Joe Miller stepped up to the plate and nailed a beauty in the bottom corner. (3-3)  Gillingham were back in the game! Unfortunately not for long. After losing possession on the right, the blues conceded yet another cheap goal. A cheeky reverse chip/miss-hit thing by a lad with stylish spikey hair and a golden stick (say no more!) In all fairness it was a quality finish, especially as he being ambushed by a diving keeper and desperate defender. (4-3) For the remaining 7 minutes Trojans ran the clock down and Gillingham had a frustrating goal disallowed due to a Eddie foot. It just wasn’t to be. A combination of missed chances (by Steve, Huw, Eddie, Chris and OT) and an opposition taking their chances was the theme of the day. A draw would have been fair result. Excellent teas and hospitality, in the form of Millers homemade meatball subs (secret family recipe) were enjoyed by all. The Gillingham spirit is still high and promotion remains our target. Man of the match was Sam Rutter for silky skills, Dick of the Day went to Edd Feltham for giving the ball away and not getting his stick to an attack and tried to use his...

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Mens 1st XI v Southampton Uni 1st XI

Nov 25, 2015

Southampton University 1XI vs Gillingham 1XI. After a great win against Salisbury, the 1xi were in high spirits. We even travelled in a team bus and were entertained by DJ Charlie’s seventies love songs. (Stevie ‘Wonder’ Way was loving it) The weather was terrible with cold high winds biting through our wimp shirts and team beards. Saying that OT still donned a summer beater – just to prove his manliness. After a very quick warm up on the fast, greasy pitch we were ready for action. We started well, moving the ball at pace and pressuring them into early mistakes. Eddie found himself with space on the right and deliver a quality ball into the D. Steve, who was way out of position, found himself on the other end and his deflection flew high into the top corner. The keeper stranded. In all fairness, it was a lucky deflection but Gillingham deserved their very early lead.  0-1. The away team continued to press and after 10 minutes they were rewarded by another goal. This one deliberate – apparently! Sam Rutter showed immense skill beating the same man 3 times before moving the ball onto Hugh, who cleverly deflected it sending the stranded keeper the wrong way. Very cheeky!  0-2 Throughout the rest of the first half, Gillingham continued to press and missed a several good opportunities. Snoopy lost his footing on top D and gifted them a rare opportunity to score. Luckily the forwards incompetence and Greg’s long limbs came to the rescue. Dick of the day contention though skip!! After inspiring words from the captain at half time, surely Gillingham couldn’t let this slip. Now against the wind, the 1XI suddenly forgot how to pass and stop the ball. Southampton sniffed an opportunity and to their credit they did put us under pressure and forced us into some mistakes. They pulled a goal back early in the second half with a rocket shot, beating the keeper at the near post. Tut tut Greg! 1-2. Gillingham still looked dangerous on the break and aerial balls were finding the forwards in space. Chris had a great opportunity but disappointingly screwed his shot wide. With 10 minutes to go we extended our lead thanks to a clever ball from Chris to OT. His first time shot was too good for the defence and slid under the keeper. 1-3. Game over? No! Southampton pulled another goal back through a very dubious short corner (fantastic tackle Joe). They tucked the rebound away. 2-3.  A time for cool heads and Gillingham had just that. The Final whistle went and another 3 points were safely in the bag. We hadn’t player well but took early chances and worked hard. After an embarrassing tea in the closed bar we were back on the party bus. Spirits still high and slightly better music. Man of the Match: Freese (quality goal/tackling) Dick of the Day: Snoop (Southampton’s best...

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Hampshire Trophy Semi-Final

Apr 11, 2015

This was a game that all were waiting for, GHC 2nd XI v GHC 3rd XI in the semi final of the Trophy, for a fixture in the final on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th in Haslemere. The game started with some pressure from the 3rd XI who were well up for the game only to find a Mike Osborne goal blunt there efforts, this was made even worse when Chris Dean scored a second,  and even more when 3-0 as Patrick Legg scored from a short corner. This didn’t reflect the chances that were created by both teams and the score could have been 4-2 at half time. The second half was fairly calm until a short corner won by the 3rd XI was put away by Dan Knight with an excellent strike, then two minutes later Gary Stevens finished off a scramble in the circle, 3-2 and not over yet. The final goal and almost from the pushback came again from Patrick Legg, quick free hit in the 23yd from Charlie Franklin and finished with a shot in the far corner. Good result and a very good game. Good luck 2nd XI in the...

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Mens 3rd XI v Lavant 1st XI

Mar 25, 2015

There was nothing on this game apart from pride, and the opening ten minutes were all GHC as two goals were scored. They relaxed and Lavant got back into the game, the final score was 4-3 to the visitors. Well played the 3rd XI, great season just failing at the end to win promotion, next year!

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Mens 2nd XI v COP 3rd XI

Mar 25, 2015

This was always going to be a tough game, it turned out that way and the league champions title will have to wait another week. Both sides started with fast controlled hockey and it proved that the drag flicking ability of the number 11 in midfield was going to be vital. There were a couple of short corners that were not on target but before long he had his eye in and fired COP into the lead. Mike Osborne got one back from a well worked move but yet again in the 2nd half the number 11 scored again. Again GHC pushed, created chances but just couldn’t find the goal so a 2-1 defeat. Weymouth at home this week to claim the...

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Mens 1st XI v New Forest 1st XI

Mar 25, 2015

This was the game when the result meant the league had been won, but NF were there to be beaten. In the end it was quite comfortable with 7-1 being the final score with George Ledger getting a hat trick of tap ins, Ollie Tremlett two, Jon Lewis one and Christian Bennett from a penalty stroke. That’s the league won, now go and relax at Bournemouth and wait for Division 1 next year. Congratulations to all those that played through out the year, not sure if anybody did every game but I am sure Snoops will correct me.

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