1XI Match Reports
Maidstone 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI 26/03/22
A hot day, an unusual surface made for a bland game between two sides fighting for nothing other than league placing.
Court were the better and more adventurous side, but Maidstone played to a game plan to park the bus and were largely successful. Court took the lead through an Adam Hart flick, after Joe Eves had been removed from penalty duties in the pre match team talk.
Maidstone we’re lucky to equalise with a deflection but Hart restored the visitor’s lead. Another deflected goal appeared to have shared the spoils until ex national league superstar Alex “Rio” Riordan calmly put away a penalty corner shortly before the final whistle.
Gore Court 1XI 4-2 Herne Bay 1XI 19/03/22
Gore Court 1XI started strongly and went ahead early through Josh Ollerenshaw. A serious head injury mid way through the first half created a long stoppage (the injured party eventually able to leave the field unaided) which seemed to throw off both teams for some time as things became a bit gritty.
Ollerenshaw and Joe Eves extended the lead. Bay clawed it back to 3-2 but Eves restored the two goal cushion and even felt confident enough in the result to miss a penalty with 10 minutes to go. Although not mathematically certain, the visitors are likely to be relegated following this results.
Blackheath 2XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI 12/02/22
Gore Court 1XI travelled to Blackheath 2XI this weekend, in attempt to end their winless run of 4 games.
A very short Gore Court team (led by the even shorter Alex Riordan) travelled with a bare XI including veteran coach and now also captain, Paul Birch.
Thankfully, Blackheath were very poor and didn’t really cause much of a threat all game. Adam Hart’s two goals were sufficient for an under par Court with Blackheath unable to even muster a full press in the latter moments despite being 2-1 down and relegation looming with a loss.
Birch got MOTM as he wasn’t as bad as everyone thought he might be.
Gore Court 1XI 6-2 South Saxons 1XI 05/02/22
Gore Court 1XI hosted South Saxons 1XI this weekend, looking to bounce back from their 5-1 drubbing at Holcombe last week.
Recently turned 32 year-old skipper, Alex Riordan, led the troops with a motivational team talk, that probably wasn’t received as seriously as it was delivered.
Despite a fairly laid back warm up, Court started well with goals from Josh Ollerenshaw and Adam Hart. A third was soon added after Hart found himself one-on-one with the keeper - courtesy of an overhead pass from Aaron Glass, which resulted in a P-flick being awarded to Court. Glass slotted home from the spot. Court continued to be ruthless by pressing high, and soon found themselves 4-0 to the good after Joseph Eves collected the ball at the top left-hand side of the D and fired a stinger into the far corner. Court then conceded just before the half-time whistle due to a drag-push scored by an upside down head chav.
The second half was much of the same, Court looking very comfortable on the ball, and the once seemingly civil South Saxons started to show frustration - including umpire abuse and large tackles, causing them to receive regular cards from the officials. Hart also managed to poach an additional two goals from strikes from Josh Ollerenshaw and ex-national league player Alex Riordan. Due to Saxons being down to ten men for the majority of the second half, they posed no real threat to Court. However, in the dying moments of the game, a long ball unlocked the Court defence, allowing a Saxons forward a free attempt on goal. This was dealt by professionally and calmly by goalkeeper Andrew Woodward, who decided to flying kick his opponent - giving away his second P-Flick in as many appearances.
Court look to build on this win with a trip to BBHC next week, and hope South Saxons had a lovely journey back to Hastings.
Burnt Ash 1XI 1-3 Gore Court 1XI 11/12/21
This weekends game shaped up to be one of the biggest of the season with Burnt Ash looking to win 11 from 11 and go into the Christmas break undefeated, whilst Gore Court themselves were looking to end the first half of the season strong, winning 6 from their last 6 and be the only team to take points off their opponents so far.
Court got off to a strong start, taking a slight upper hand and putting early pressure on Ash but with no reward for their hard work. The game began to even out with some attacks from Ash but Court looked relatively comfortable with this and we’re happy for Ash to keep the ball and a well-battled first half ended 0-0.
After early sustained attacks from Court and a fantastic first-time strike from Aaron Glass, Court were sent into an second half lead and they began to look increasingly strong and comfortable as Ash looked to be crumbling under the pressure of Court’s impressive attacking and defensive work. Glass soon doubled Court’s lead with a well dispatched short corner into the bottom left. A moment of squeaky-bum-time for Court as what looked to be a simple first time slap was horribly miss-timed by Jack ‘Mr Tumble’ Walker and allowed Ash to break quickly on the Court back line. To the relief of Mr Tumble, Court’s defence who had been faultless all game were able to keep the ball out of the net and keep the score at 2-0.
Court are often hard to break when playing at home at ‘The Fortress’, but as the game continued it seemed as though Court were setting up a secondary Fortress on Burnt Ash’s turf! Ex-national league superstar Alex Riordan and the ever passionate Rob Payne kept a very tidy back line under control but an unfortunate loose ball from a defensive short fell to one of the Ash players who struck the ball home and reduced the lead to just one goal. Increasing pressure from Ash was absorbed well by Court who hit Ash on the break quickly and the speedy youngster Sam Laird playing a lovely one-two with the arguably quicker Adam Hart made the score 3-1.
Payne’s fearsome passion shone through and his celebration of winning a sixteen rallied the team for one final stint as they held on for a 3-1 win, becoming the only side to take points from a Burnt Ash side who will have to spend the Xmas break staring at a record of 10-1. Xmas came early for the boys in blue and gold!
Herne Bay 1XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI 27/11/22
Storm Arwen was always likely to make the game a low scoring, low skill affair, but whilst the former was the case, the latter was not. The hosts started well with Court struggling to move through the gears in the extreme conditions and after a balanced opening fifteen minutes took advantage of a through ball which the midfield and defence were not alive to. Former Court player, Matt Reeve punishing the visitors with an excellent strike.
From there Gore Court upped their quality and showed why they are approaching the top of the table while Bay are working hard to stay clear of the drop. Opportunities came and went, partly due to profligate shooting, but also creditable goalkeeping. Shortly before half time the ball was in the back of the net courtesy of an excellent lob from Adam Hart but the umpires, questionably and without referring to VAR, came to the conclusion that Hart may have been outside the area and disallowed the goal after originally allowing it.
The second half saw GC build on their dominance and not long after the break Aaron Glass got the equaliser. From there, although the Bay defence and keeper were resolute, it began to look like a matter of time and man of the match Sam Laird was rewarded for an excellent game with a superb strike giving Court their fifth win on the bounce.
Gore Court 1XI 9-2 Blackheath 2XI 20/11/21
Gore Court Men’s 1XI continued their impressive run of form with the dismantling of Blackheath 2XI this weekend.
Court went into the game positive and relaxed. The first half saw some impressive play from the vistors but Court were still too strong for them. With a solid defence and high work rate Court scuppered any attacks from the visitors and countered with conviction and accuracy. Court went in 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw an impressive tactical switch leaving the visitors with no clue how to deal with an all firing Court, who scored five goals in quick succession to put the game further out of reach. With all members of the team wanting to get on the score sheet Court left themselves vulnerable for a brief period and subsequently conceded.
Final score 9-2 with goals coming from Aaron Glass(3), Josh Ollerenshaw(3), Ryan Burke, Jack Walker and Joe Eves.
Another fantastic win for Court who have now scored the most goals in the league and are continuing to look for promotion.
Gore Court 1XI 3-1 Folkestone 1XI 13/11/21
Gore Court 1XI extended their winning run to three games with a 3-1 win over Folkestone 1XI.
Court dominated the initial play but could not convert chances, whilst good saves from George McDonald in goal kept the visitors at bay. Twenty minutes into the first half, Joe Eves found Adam Hart with a delightful overhead pass that Hart duly rounded the keeper and converted. Aaron Glass then capitalised on a Folkestone back pass to make it 2-0 at half time.
Folkestone then scored after weak Court defending. Court needed a third to close the game out and it arrived with fifteen minutes left after Eves converted a short corner. Hart had two further chances to score but fluffed his lines.
Court face Blackheath next week and will try to make it four wins on the spin.
Gore Court 1XI 8-2 BBHC 1XI 30/10/21
Gore Court 1XI got themselves back to winning ways this weekend with a convincing 8-2 win over BBHC 1XI.
The game at Westlands started postitively for Gore Court with a strong barrage of attacks against a very defensive unit of BBHC. The first goal soon followed from a well worked short corner routine with Jack Walker putting his previous one on one miss against South Saxons out of his mind and converting the routine with conviction and accuracy.
Due to the high press and added pressure from Gore Court further goals soon followed with Adam Hart completing a well worked move and Matt Jonas unleashing a great reverse stick finish after the ball was stolen in midfield.
Gore Court went in at the break in full control with their tails up.
The second half wasn’t short of action either with Adam hart completing his hat trick with a sublime top corner finish, Jack Walker doubling his count, Sam Laird and Cully Annard both hitting the target.
Gore Court switched off very briefly from the continued onslaught and conceded accordingly.
Final score proved to the rest of the league that Gore Court is a tough place to visit….
Gore Court 1XI 5-2 Canterbury Pilgrims
Gore Court started strongly against a Canterbury side newly promoted to Kent/Sussex Regional 1 but were unable to convert chances to goals in the opening ten minutes.
After a period to settle into their rhythm, Gore Court were able to make good use of possession combined with an equal amount of skill to go 2-0 ahead through two goals from Adam Hart.
Canterbury replied through a well worked short corner routine to set the score at 2-1.
George Spillet, (very) fresh off the bench, slotted in a third goal to put Gore Court in a dominate, but by no means comfortable, position going into half time.
The second half proved to be a more even affair with opportunities for both sides and a renewed intensity from Canterbury. Employment of a ‘route 1’ strategy by Canterbury was challenging for the Court defence as the game became stretched.
Spectators were treated to two penalty flicks at both ends which were expertly converted by their respective takers with Court’s flick scored by Aaron Glass. Adam Hart, who’d overcome a niggling hand injury from a cat, completed a well deserved hat-trick to put the score 5-2 to Gore Court.
Man of the Match was awarded to Gore Court Captain, and former national league player, Alex ‘Rio’ Riordan who put in a solid performance from the back and was responsible for breaking up many of Canterbury’s attacks.
Special mentions go to…
Goalkeeper Andrew Woodward who was unfortunate to concede two goals from a short corner and penalty flick despite getting a hand to the ball on the later; otherwise it was a controlled performance from the no.1 who took responsibility of organising the back line and took care of the long balls which threatened the Gore Court defence.
Josh Laird with great pressing and silky skills threatened down the right - more work on ‘squ-aerials’ required.
George Spillet, who had impressed at training to earn his space in the squad, showed athleticism and flare except for an ill fated pirouette outside the Canterbury D which ended up colliding with his own foot.
Joe Eves, who performed well in midfield was disappointed not to get on the score sheet having had an attempt from a short corner kept out by a “top-save” - his words not mine. His disappointment continued into the dying minutes of the game where he was robbed a second scoring opportunity from the injection spot after being sent to the half way line because a team mate (Rio or Josh Laird - accounts vary) broke early.
Moments to forget…
Conrad Chamberlain was left red-faced by letting the ball go straight past him on the half way line attempting a ‘dummy’ which ultimately went out for a Canterbury sideline.
It was a hard day for Jamie Brook who started badly by arriving at the pitch in non-Gore Court attire, a fact not missed by fine-master Joe Eves. During the game Jamie was quick to blame his tools for a squandered chance on goal which would be difficult to described as either a trap, pass or an attempt to ‘shovel’ the ball over the keeper.
Robert Payne for conceding a penalty flick and receiving a green card with an axe-swing although he maintains he “almost got the ball”.
Sam Laird, unlucky not to get on the end of several difficult Gore Court balls into the D decided to vent his frustration on a Canterbury player perhaps twice his weight (and most certainly twice his age) by knocking him over and receiving a green card for his trouble. Wait, that was epic, certainly a moment to remember!
Thanks to all the supporters who have attended to cheer on the side for a second week in a row! Your encouragement has not gone unnoticed on the pitch!
Gore Court will next play away at Worthing which ended as a 2-2 draw last season. Certainly a game both teams will fancy themselves to win this season.
Gore Court 1XI 4-4 Horsham 1XI
Gore Court 1XI continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling 4-4 draw at home to Horsham.
Following on from a tight 2-1 win at Holcombe on the opening day. Court faced a sharper opposition and quickly found themselves 2-0 down following some sloppy defensive play. The home team created an abundance of chances but struggled to put the ball in the back of the net and found themselves 3-0 down just before half time.
When Horsham extended their lead to 4-0 minutes into the second half, Court looked dead and buried. However, two quick fire goals from Adam Hart bought Court into the game. Both Joe Eves and Jamie Brook continued their scoring streak with two stunning strikes to draw level. Both teams had chances to win the game but had to settle for a point.
Gore Court 1XI 1-1 East London 1XI (Gore Court win 5-4 on penalty flicks)
England Hockey Tier 2 Championships
On Sunday Gore Court 1XI hosted East London 1XI in the third round of the England Hockey Tier 2 Championships. Court controlled the game well, but struggled to turn their possession into clear cut chances until Andy Pittard slotted home to make it 1-0 before half time. In the second half as fatigue kicked in the away side were able to equalise on the break. In the closing stages East London had Court under pressure, but strong defensive play meant the game went to penalty flicks. Court won 5-4 on flicks with Andrew Woodward saving the fifth and final flick of the game to send Court into the quarter finals to play Southgate 2XI.
Gore Court 1XI 5-0 Folkestone 1XI
On Saturday Gore Court 1XI hosted Folkestone 1XI in a crucial encounter for teams at opposite ends of the table. From the outset Court dominated the play and won a number of corners early in the half allowing Jamie Brook to make it 1-0. The home side continued to dominate possession and made all the early inroads in the first half, but were unable to make their chances in front of goal.
The second half was a very different story, with Josh Ollerenshaw making it 2-0 by finishing off a well worked move. Joe Eves then added a third from a corner before Adam Hart then added a fourth and fifth, ending the game 5-0 to Court. The home side now sit tied at the top of the table, sharing with two other sides going into the final three games.
Gore Court 1XI 4-3 Worthing 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Worthing 1XI on Saturday in tough conditions. Despite the weather, the home side got off to the perfect start when Josh Ollerenshaw finished clinically on the reverse in the opening minutes to put the home side 1-0 up. Court were able to make it 2-0 when Jamie Brook fired home between the keeper's legs from a corner, though the away side were able to make it 2-1 before half time, after winning the ball back in midfield and swiftly hitting the home side on the counter.
In the second half Worthing dragged themselves back into the game with a well worked goal to make it 2-2. Following the equaliser, both teams were able to create chances with Court controlling possession. A passage of short corners for the home side eventually broke the deadlock when Ollie Laird darted in on the far post to put Court ahead. Soon afterwards Brook put daylight between the sides with a clinical finish into the side netting. The game had a tense finish as Court conceded a soft goal to end the game 4-3 victors and one point ahead of the chasing pack.
Ashford 1XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st team travelled to Ashford on Saturday, aiming to maintain their lead at the top of the table. In the opening phases of the game Court dictated the play, creating numerous scoring opportunities, soon leading 1-0 after a fine solo run by Adam Hart. As Court pressed forward for a second, Ashford were forced to defend deep in their own half for long periods, only presenting threat fleetingly on the counter. As Court continued to pile men forward, Ashford were eventually able to mount an incisive counter attack, levelling the score before half time to the away sides frustration.
The second half saw much of the same, with Court pressing forward and trying to make something from all their dominance, with Ashford making a small number of meaningful attacks on the counter. Numerous chances were created by Court, but it was beginning to look as if it wasn't to be, with the Ashford defence holding firm. A number of last ditch saves and goal line clearances kept them in the game. Finally, with 2 minutes on the clock, the pace and determination of Will Reynolds was rewarded as he found a hole in the home sides defence to put Court 2-1 up with only moments to go.
Gore Court 1XI 8-1 South Saxons 1XI
Gore Court 1XI went top of Kent/Sussex 1 following a resounding 8-1 win over South Saxons 1XI. Court took an early lead following a superb finish from Joe Eves from a tight angle. Aaron Glass and Adam Hart then soon found the net with tidy finishes before half time to leave Court 3-0 up.
Court pressed home their advantage in the second half and further three goals from Glass and another from Jamie Brook put the game beyond doubt. The icing on the cake came from former National league player Alex Riordan who found himself loitering in the D with a simple finish to round off the win.
Court travel to Ashford next week.
Burnt Ash 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI
On Saturday Gore Court 1XI travelled to Burnt Ash 1XI expecting a tough game. In the early phases of the game Court looked organised defensively, but were unable to find any real rhythm. This was soon punished as the home side scored through a well executed short corner. As Court pushed for an equaliser, they were hit on the counter and found themselves 2-0 down at half time, with it all to do in the second half.
In the second half Court changed their approach, looking to press the home side and force errors higher up the pitch. Midway through the half Court got the reward for their high intensity, winning a corner which was slotted home by Aaron Glass. Within thirty seconds Court were on level terms when Glass played in Andy Pittard on the break who slotted home for 2-2.
Visibly growing in confidence from an excellent spell of dominance, Court continued to press the home side and patiently probed for an opening time after time. With five minutes to go Court won a corner when a tired tackle from the home side which gave Court a chance to lead for the first time in the game. The opportunity was grasped by Glass, dispatching the corner between the goalkeeper's legs from the top of the D. Court held on for the win, taking another three points and keeping the gap to one point from the league leaders.
Gore Court 1XI 10-0 Herne Bay 1XI (Friendly)
Gore Court 1XI hosted Herne Bay 1XI in their first match of 2020.
The home side started the game assertively, with clinical attacking moves in the first ten minutes resulting in short corners scored by Aaron Glass and Jamie Brook. Further goals in the first half were finished by Joseph Eves and Adam Hart to round off a clinical first half performance.
Set the aim of more goals and a clean sheet at half time, Court pushed on in the second half. Well worked moves resulted in further goals from Hart, Brook, Glass, Andy Pittard, Glass and Eves with a powerful reverse strike. The game ended a resounding 10-0 to Court, an excellent start to the new year and great preparation for the first league game of the new year against Maidstone on Saturday.
Gore Court 1XI 10-1 Brighton 2XI
A ten out of ten performance from Gore Court 1XI on Saturday saw the home side demolish a travelling Brighton 2XI side 10-1 on Saturday.
In the opening moments of the game, the home side started terribly, with Brighton bursting into the D in the opening minute and winning a penalty flick after the centre forward was judged to have been taken down by the Court keeper Tom Miller. However, Miller soon made amends by saving the penalty and shifting momentum in Court's direction.
The home side then began to dominate the play and create chances. It wasn’t long before Aaron Glass slotted home from close range from a well worked Court attack. Soon after the first, Court went 2-0 up thanks to another well worked goal attacking down the right, finished off by Jamie Brook. An emphatic finish from Glass made it 3-0 before half time, blasting in off the underside of the crossbar from the top of the D.
It wasn’t until the second half that the floodgates began to open, as Court's expansive play in the opening ten minutes opened up the travelling Brighton defence time and time again. At first an attack down the right saw Ant Brinkman assist Glass for his third, with an inviting ball across the goal which was deftly deflected into the side netting. Court scored their fifth goal of the game from a short corner. The initial shot saved, only for Brook to volley the rebound home.
As the half continued, Court maintained their intensity and ruthlessness in attack, with Glass soon finding himself one on one with the keeper. The in-form striker showing his composure by lobbing the oncoming keeper to score his 4th and make it 6-0. Next a flowing move from back to front saw a proud moment for George Spillett, as he scored his first goal for the 1XI, with a tidy finish slotted into the bottom corner.
Moving into the final 15 minutes, Brook completed his hat-trick with a well deflected corner, before adding his fourth and Courts ninth from open play. A momentary lapse in concentration saw Brighton rewarded for their perseverance, breaking into the Court D and scoring to make it 9-1 much to Court's disappointment. It was Brook though, who would finish off a 5-star performance, firing home his fifth to end the game a thoroughly deserved 10-1 to Gore Court and rounding off an outstanding team performance. Next week Court travel to top of the table Old Williamsonians, with everything to play for in this top of the table tie.
Folkestone Optimist 1XI 2-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI travelled to Folkestone Optimist 1XI on Saturday, knowing only a win would be good enough to remain top of the table. The game started hesitantly for both sides, with Court creating the better chances in the early exchanges. The deadlock was soon broken by a slick corner routine by Court, fired home by Aaron Glass into the bottom corner. The home side soon equalised from a corner, with both sides going into the break level.
Again the second half began in scrappy fashion, with neither side being able to build any real rhythm.
However, a moment of quality in the D from open play by Glass drew the Folkestone keeper into a foul, with Glass scoring the subsequent penalty flick to put the away side ahead. Going into the final phase of the game both sides pushed for the initiative, with Folkestone able to equalise despite a string of excellent saves by stand in keeper Andy Nellis and the game finished 2-2. Next weekend Court host Brighton, looking to bounce back and put pressure on the league leaders.
Gore Court 1XI 5-2 Kings & Alleyns 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Kings & Alleyns 1XI on Saturday, looking to continue their good run. Court started brightly, setting a high press in the early stages. This pressure was soon rewarded when Aaron Glass fired home from a short corner with a powerful drag flick. Glass soon added a second with a strike between the keepers legs. However, the away side raised their game as the half continued and dragged themselves back into the game with fast paced counter attacking hockey. At half time the sides went in at 2-2.
It was the home side which came out sharper in the second half, with an early lead taken shortly after the restart with Glass completing his hattrick with plenty of time still on the clock. Despite some ill discipline in the second half, Court kept their structure and managed the half well. Further goals came from Jamie Brook from a corner and Andy Pittard with a neat flick from open play as Court finished a dominant second half 5-2 up and joint top of the league.
Gore Court 1XI 5-2 Marden Russets 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Marden Russets 1XI on Saturday, looking to keep the winning streak going. The home side started brightly and took the lead through a thundering strike from a tight angle from Aaron Glass. Court soon added a second when Ollie Laird scored his first league goal for the 1XI and a third was added before half time when Will Reynolds slotted home from close range. The second half started differently, with the away side quickly out of the blocks. The sluggish start to the half for Court was soon punished as Marden scored twice to keep within touching distance at 3-2.
However, Court bounced back and scored a further two goals through Glass's second and Jamie Brook, finishing the game at 5-2.
Gore Court 1XI 6-1 Ashford 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Ashford 1XI on Saturday. The home side started the game with a high intensity, pressing from the front. This soon led to early chances and it wasnt long before Aaron Glass put Court 1-0 up from a short corner. Ashford soon drew level following a lapse in concentration from Court.
However, following the equaliser Court continued to dominate the play, creating numerous chances either side of half time, with Glass fresh from shooting practice on Tuesday adding a further four goals and with a final goal from Ryan Burke the match finished 6-1 to the home side. A much improved performance from the side looking to keep pressure on the top of the table.
South Saxons 1XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI recorded two wins out of two on the weekend with a 2-1 win over South Saxons in Kent/Sussex 1 before beating Burnt Ash 3-0 in the Kent Cup.
Court faced the trip to Hastings to face South Saxons on Saturday in a match which turned out to be a feisty affair. Following a goalless first half, Court fell behind following a dubiously awarded short corner which was well converted. However, a prolonged spell of attacking play eventually resulted in deflected goals from Matt Jonas and Aaron Glass at the death to give Court a well deserved win.
On Sunday, Court controlled the game with ease and goals from Jamie Brook, Andy Pittard and Will Reynolds sealed a comfortable win where they will face Sevenoaks in the next round.
Gore Court 1XI 4-5 Burnt Ash 1XI
Following the convincing win last week, Gore Court 1XI went into the second game of the season against Burnt Ash expecting to continue their good form. The home side started sharply and quickly made the early dominance count with a well worked short corner finished off by Ryan Burke. However, after taking the early lead Court struggled to keep their shape and tempo, soon conceding through a clinical counter attack. Court continued to show their quality, but despite creating a number of chances, found themselves 3-1 down at half time as individual errors were punished.
The second half started brightly for Court, with a dominant period of possession for the first 10 minutes. However, again it was the away side that took their chance, with Court pegging one back to find themselves 4-2 down midway into the half thanks to a neat finish from Hart. Court's persistence paid off when a 3rd goal for the home side was finished by Aaron Glass, but the away side soon restored their 2 goal lead. In the final 10 minutes Court continued to press and create chances, with Hart adding his second and the home sides 4th goal with a bullet first-time strike but the home side were unable to find an equaliser. Burnt Ash managed to hold on and take all 3 points, with the two sides meeting again next Sunday in the Kent Cup.
Maidstone 1XI 1-5 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI started the season brightly, with a 5-1 win away at Maidstone. The away side took an early lead after sustained pressure when Jamie Brook finished from a short corner. Court soon made it 3-0 following a brace of well worked goals both finished by Adam Hart. Court continued to dominate in the second half, with Ryan Burke adding to the tally with a close range finish early in the second half. The home side did peg one back midway into the second half following a defensive mistake from a short corner, but there was still time for Court to add a fifth through a bustling run from Will Reynolds to make it 5-1 at the final whistle.
Gore Court 1XI 7-2 Maidstone 1XI
Gore Court 1XI signed off their league season in style with a 7-2 thrashing of local rivals Maidstone 1XI, with the story of the day being a hat-trick by longstanding centre back Rob Payne, who hadn't scored for eight years!
Court started brightly and were rewarded early on with a short corner, with Rob Payne making a rare appearance in the short corner setup, but converted expertly on the right post with a well deflected goal for 1-0.
Court soon doubled their lead with Adam Hart slotting beautifully, before man of the hour Payne popped up again, this time at the top of the D after a flowing counter attack to strike home an emphatic finish for Court's third.
Taking a 3-0 lead in to half time Court were keen to wrap up the three points in the second half, and with two quick goals from Josh Moore and Aaron Glass, the home side had put themselves out of sight at 5-0.
Maidstone stole a goal back with a slick move, but Court rallied again and made it 6-1 through Adam Hart's second. Maidstone then found one last goal, but it was that man again, Rob Payne, desperate to cap off the season and make a bit of history who followed up a rebound in the Maidstone D and smashed home from the tightest of angles between the keeper and the near post in the dying moments to cap off an unforgettable hat-trick and a superb 7-2 win!
Court look to book their place in the Kent Cup Final in two weeks time, when they take on Marden Russets.
Gore Court 1XI 4-2 Old Williamsonians 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Old Williamsonians on Saturday, knowing that only a win would keep their hopes of promotion alive.
The home side started brightly from the first whistle and soon took the lead through a well worked build up, emphatically finished in the top right corner from the edge of the D by Adam Hart. A second goal was added when Rob Payne improvised an assist on the reverse, neatly volleyed home by Josh Moore. The away side then got a foothold in the game and shortly before the half time whistle Court conceded to give the away side a sniff going into the half time team talk.
In the second half it was again Court who started the brighter of the sides, winning a number of short corners and creating numerous chances from open play. The home side eventually won a penalty stroke which was neatly finished by Aaron Glass to make it 3-1. A second stroke was given some time later, but this time Glass was denied by an excellent save from the away keeper. A fourth goal did come for Court though, when some strong build up play led to Jamie Brook playing a through ball towards goal, so inviting that it was finished into his own net by the away sides defender.
Old Williamsonians did add a second goal of their own in the later stages of the game, but were unable to add to their tally and the game ended 4-2 to the home side. Court make the short trip across town to Old Bordenians next weekend for the local derby, looking to pick up 3 points and the all important 3rd promotion spot.
Gore Court 1XI 1-4 Kings Alleyns 1XI
Gore Court slipped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Kings Alleyns on Saturday.
The visitors went ahead following a controversial short corner goal before Court were denied a goal of their own following poor umpiring not allowing the advantage. Further slack play from Court and some unfortunate luck led to Court being 3-0 down at the break.
Aaron Glass finished a penalty flick to bring the score to 3-1 before Kings scored on the counter attack to make the final score 4-1.
Gore Court 1XI 6-0 Brighton and Hove 2XI
Gore Court 1XI cemented their spot in second place in Kent/Sussex 1 with a resounding 6-0 win over Brighton and Hove 2XI.
Will Reynolds put Court ahead with a neat finish after good work from Ryan Burke, worming his way down the left. Aaron Glass made it two with a flick into the roof of the net before Reynolds tapped in another from close range. Jamie Brook found Glass once again with a perfectly weighted aerial before Glass was fouled leading to a penalty stroke, which he converted.
Court had a 4-0 lead at half time and were rewarded for a more patient approach, especially around the back. Glass completed his hat trick with a finish into the open goal, before Court finished the game with the best goal of all. A team move cut Brighton apart with 3 passes, leaving Josh Ollerenshaw to tap into an open goal after good work from Reynolds and Glass.
Court travel to Holcombe next week.
Worthing 1XI 4-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court regained second place in Kent/Sussex 1 after a thrilling 4-4 draw at Worthing.
The game got off to a bumpy start, with Court struggling to create real chances before a short corner made its way through Jamie Brook on the line to give Worthing a 1-0 lead.
The second half was a bumper display from Court who conceded two early goals to seemingly put Worthing out of sight. But, some tactical alterations from Coach Sam Miller, using his bench to full effect, gave Court the lead in the game after scoring four goals in seven minutes through Aaron Glass (two), Adam Hart and Will Reynolds. However, Worthing managed a late short corner goal to bring themselves level at 4-4.
Court face Brighton at home next week.
Gore Court 1XI 2-2 Burnt Ash 1XI
Gore Court 1XI let a 2 goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Burnt Ash 1XI. Goals from Adam Hart and Jamie Brook put Court into a two goal lead at half time before they succumbed to a strong second half performance from the away side.
Court dominated the early stages and went ahead early after Brook dinked the ball over the onrushing defender before finding Hart to deflect in at the back post. Ten minutes later, it was almost a carbon copy but Hart was denied on the line leading to a penalty stroke which Thompson converted. Court hit the post twice and Aaron Glass had a superb effort denied by the keeper before half time to keep the score at two.
Ash deployed a full press for the entire second half and got almost immediate rewards from a short corner. The home side thought they had been awarded another stroke when Glass took a tumble in the D although the umpire would soon change his mind. Ash kept pushing and scored with five minutes to go. Although some heroic defending from Rob Payne and former national league Alex Riordan meant that Court held on for the 2-2 draw.
Court travel to Worthing next week.
Folkestone 1XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI secured a vital 2-1 win at Folkestone 1XI to start the second half of the season on a high.
Court started brightly but fell behind due to a deflected goal after 10 minutes. The away side responded well and had short corners of their own which Aaron Glass and Jamie Brook were unable to convert. Some fine saves from Court keeper Andrew Woodward kept the score to 1-0 at half time.
Coach Miller bucked his ideas up at half time and made some tactical adjustments which gave Court almost immediate joy when Alex Riordan showed his national league class to ghost in at the back post and score his first goal for the club. With 10 minutes to go, a strong run from Adam Hart on the right flank led to a short corner which Glass was able to convert. Court faces few scares in the last 10 minutes and were able to hold on for the victory.
Court face Burnt Ash next week looking to close the gap on Lewes at the top of the table.
Maidstone 1XI 4-5 Gore Court 1XI
The last game before the Christmas break saw Gore Court 1XI travel to Maidstone in an attempt secure third position in the league for the festive season.
Court, hoping to get back to winning ways, started the game extremely positively going into a 4-0 lead within the first twenty minutes with goals from Adam Hart and Aaron Glass. The end of the first half saw Court take their foot of the gas allowing Maidstone to convert a well-executed short corner.
Court knew that Maidstone looked dangerous on the break as they proved early in the second half scoring a further three goals to draw level. The game then turned into an end to end battle with tempers flaring and good saves being made by both keepers. Court left it until the 69th minute when an impressive counter attack led to a well-deserved short corner. It was Glass who stepped up to fire the ball into the top right corner to secure not only his hat trick but all three points for Court. The final result ended 5-4 and was definitely one for the spectators.
Gore Court 1XI 3-6 Old Bordenians 1XI
On Saturday Gore Court 1XI hosted Old Bordenians 1XI in what was an eagerly anticipated top of the
table clash between local rivals. It was the away side that started brightest, creating a number of
early chances, before Court won a corner which was coolly converted by Aaron Glass. Following the
goal, it was Bordenians who started to dictate the game, scoring three goals before half time.
Knowing a big effort was needed to get back into the game, Court piled on the pressure, adding a
second through Adam Hart in a fine solo effort with 14 minutes to play. Court then scored a dramatic
equaliser through well worked play by the Court front line, again scored by Hart.
However, following the equaliser the home side took their foot off the gas. Bordenians were able to
capitalise on this, adding a further three goals in the final six minutes with the game finishing 6-3.
Next Saturday Court travel to Maidstone, looking to finish the first half of the season with a win.
Old Williamsonians 1XI 1-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI travelled to Old Williamsonian's knowing that after two draws in last two week a win was pivotal in keeping touch with the top two. Court started the more positive side and created some excellent opportunities in front of goal which unfortunately not be converted by either the court forwards. The breakthrough came when Nick Orr and Adam Hart broke down the right hand side, Orr playing in Hart to squeeze the ball past the keeper with a well taken finish.
After some excellent saves from the Andrew Woodward in the Gore Court goal had kept the travelling side ahead Court managed to get a second goal through Hart again who was alert to some sloppy defending and finished well past the on rushing keeper. Court managed to weather a late surge from the home side who had managed to get a goal back in the dying stages.
The result keeps Court third going into the weekends derby against Old Bordenians.
Kings Alleyn 1XI 3-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI travelled to Kings Alleyn on Saturday for a perfect midday game. The game started at a fast pace and chances were soon created at both ends of the pitch with an undeserving 2-0 lead for Kings Alleyn, due to poor marking from Gore Court.
The second half started brightly for Court with great passing play from Adam Hart to allow Nick Orr to confidently put the ball in the goal. Court started to press hard and with free flowing hockey, they evened the score to 2-2 through a well-placed reverse shot by Will Reynolds. Court continued to add pressure, leading to a third goal by Jamie Brook from open play to make the score 3-2 to the visitors. With five minutes to go Kings Alleyn won and converted a short corner allowing them to finish the game at a 3-3 draw.
Gore Court play Old Williamsonians next week in Kent Sussex Regional 1.
Sevenoaks 2XI 0-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI travelled to Sevenoaks on Saturday for an early game and important top half of the table clash.
The game started at a fast pace and chances were soon created at both ends of the pitch with a creative goal line save from Adam Hart necessary to keep Court in the game in the early stages. Following some tactical alterations half way through the first half, Court began to grow in confidence. Despite some slick hockey, both teams went in at half time level at 0-0.
The second half started brightly for Court with a mazy run from Hart leading to a penalty stroke as he was brought down in front of goal which Aaron Glass converted from the penalty spot. Sevenoaks, visibly deflated by the goal, began to lose their discipline and picked up cards.
With the home side down to 10 men they were unable to curb Court’s free flowing hockey, who soon added a second through a well-placed short corner from Jamie Brook. Court continued to add pressure, led by the hard work of Will Reynolds, leading to a third goal added by Ryan Burke from open play to make the score 3-0. Court host top of the table Lewes next week, looking to build on their bright start to the season.
Gore Court 1XI 3-5 Holcombe 1a
Saturday saw Gore Court 1XI take on Holcombe at Westlands School, the home side were
looking to continue their strong start against an opponent who had struggled to find momentum in
the opening weeks of the season. Despite a fast start form Gore Court, the visitors found
themselves one goal up not long into the first half. Realising the challenge at hand, it didn’t take the
home side long to recover with Aaron Glass showing his class, finishing from an open passage of
play to set the two sides equal. Both teams seemed evenly matched heading towards the half time
whistle, which was reflected in the score line with Court taking the lead through Adam Hart, only to
be pegged back by a short corner in the final play of the half, to send the two sides into the half-
time break with two goals apiece.
Heading into the second half, Gore Court struggled to match their rivals and began to concede,
finding themselves 5-2 down heading towards the final whistle. Picking up spirits and slowly
regaining control of the game, the home side managed to claw their way back into the game with a
slick finish from Jamie Brook, converting one of Gore Court’s short corner opportunities. As the
game looked to close, Gore Court were unlucky with narrow misses and goal threats which
undoubtedly shook their rivals late in the game. As Jason Setterfield controlled from the back, the
home side began to press further up the pitch with Nick Orr taunting Holcombe’s defensive efforts.
Despite all Gore Court’s best efforts, the game finished 5-3 with Holcombe collecting their first few
points of the season and the home side succumbing to their first loss. Gore Court travel away to
Sevenoaks next week, looking to regain their early season momentum.
Brighton and Hove 2XI 0-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI carried on their early season form with a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win away at Brighton and Hove 2XI on Saturday.
The game saw a cagey opening first quarter, with both sides struggling to create chances. Twenty minutes into the game, it was the away team that made the first breakthrough. Aaron Glass capitalised on the home team switching off after a foul, taking it past a couple of Brighton players before playing an inch perfect reverse ball into the D. Upon receiving the pass from Glass, Nick Orr created half a yard of space before slamming the ball home in smart fashion to make it 1-0. Five minutes later, the same combination struck another blow on the home team. Glass made the most of a defensive error, slipping it into on-running path of Orr, who pushed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.
Just before half-time, the Gore Court goalkeeper, Andrew Woodward, was called into action for the first time. With two minutes left until the half-time whistle, the Court goalkeeper pulled of a miraculous double save to keep the score-line at two goals to nil, much to the relief of the travelling side.
The second half followed in similar fashion to the first. Few chances were created from the home side following tight defending from the back four of Simon Pettett, Rob Payne, Joseph Eves and Alex Riordan. With the home team pushing forward in search of their first goal of the game, the final blow was struck from Gore Court. Will Reynolds won the ball back, playing it forward to Adam Hart, who took it past three helpless Brighton defenders, making the score line three goals to nil, which was the game dead and buried. The final highlight of the game was a second yellow from Rob Payne, meaning Court had to finish this professional display on the south coast with 10 men. Court are at home next to Holcombe looking for a 4th straight win in a row.
Gore Court 1XI 6-3 Worthing 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Worthing on Saturday, looking to build on a promising start to the season. It was the home side that built early pressure, with numerous opportunities created in the first 10 minutes until Jamie Brook made it 1-0 to the hosts. Taking inspiration from last weeks match winner, Brook scuttled free in the D to slot home on the reverse. Court continued to dominate possession and create chances, but had to wait for their second following the miss of the season from Brook at close range. On the brink of half time though, a through ball from Glass found Nick Orr in space, who was able to slot home to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half was a much more open affair, with the defence badgering the forwards on, Brook soon made it 3-0 striking cleanly on the reverse soon after the restart. A goal from Worthing then spurred Court on, who pushed for a 5-1 lead early in the second half following further goals from Brook and Reynolds. A lapse in concentration allowed Worthing to claw 2 further goals back, only allowing time for Brook to end the game with a fourth goal, taking the final score to 6-3. Court travel to Brighton next Saturday looking for a third successive win to build on this strong team performance.
Burnt Ash 1XI 3-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI got their first win of the season with a deserved 4-3 victory at Burnt Ash on Saturday.
Goals from Adam Hart, Aaron Glass, Jamie Brook kept Court in touch with their hosts before birthday boy Sam Miller won the game for the away side.
Court fell behind early from a short corner before Hart pulled his team level after a slick passing move. Once again Court went behind but Glass slotted home after some innovative play at a short corner. Despite Court playing the better hockey, they found themselves 3-2 down at half time.
Court entirely dominated the second half with Ash limited to a couple of chances that were well kept out by Andrew Woodward. Brook was first to the loose ball at a corner to bring Court level before Miller slotted home into an open net following good play from Hart to send the visiting spectators wild in the torrential rain. A goal line stop from Glass in the last minute ensured the win for Court, who face Worthing next week.
Gore Court 1XI 3-3 Folkestone 1XI
Gore Court's opening game of the 2018/19 season saw them take on Folkestone at home.
The game started at a lightning pace with both sides having early chances, it was Folkestone however who took the lead first by pressing hard and stealing the ball in midfield and creating a one on one opportunity that they put away to take the lead. Court were left shocked after Folkestone added another quick goal in the break to make it 0-2.
After finding themselves 0-2 down Gore Court started to build on some good passages of play. Court won a corner due to an attack down the right flank, this was dispatched with ease by Jamie Brook to make it 1-2 and opening his account for the season. Folkestone scored another goal after some mix up between midfield and defence just before the half ended.
The second half started cagily with neither side looking to give much away but with Court willing to move the ball in a more positive way and looking to expose Folkestone’s weaknesses. Their positive play was rewarded with a short corner when Adam Hart was fouled in the ‘D’. The corner from Aaron Glass was stopped illegally on the line by the Folkestone player’s chest resulting in a penalty stroke. Glass scored the penalty stoke, placing the score at 2-3.
Court knew that they had a chance, not just to level the score but potentially take the win. Brook back on the pitch after taking a quick breather found himself with the ball just before the halfway line saw Hart on the move, Hart managed to get himself past the first Folkestone player which left him one-on-one with the keeper who committed a professional foul and took the player but no ball left court with a chance to level the scores through another penalty stroke. Glass stepped up and levelled the scores.
The game ended 3-3, Gore Court take on Burnt Ash away next weekend.
Holcombe 1A 4-2 Gore Court 1XI
After 2 weeks off due to bad weather, Gore Court 1XI travelled to Holcombe on Saturday. Court started the game slowly, and were duly punished after ten minutes. Following the goal, and up until half time Holcombe continued to dominate the possession, with Court only able to burst forward on the counter, the highlight of which being a mazy exploration mission by Jason Setterfield.
After the break Court came out the brighter of the two sides, playing some quick attacking hockey, which was soon rewarded when Jamie Brook fired a well-placed corner past the Holcombe defence. Court continued to rally after this, and soon won another corner and a chance to take the lead. However, the home side were able to break away on the counter to restore the home sides lead. Holcombe hit Court on the break again to make the score 3-1. Court created further chances, one of which falling to Aaron Glass who fired a shot over the bar from close range, which some say should have had a flight attendant on its journey. He was soon able to redeem himself though with a fine solo goal, dinking the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper from the baseline. Court continued to create chances, but were unable to bring the scores level, with Holcombe scoring the final goal to make the score 4-2 at full time.
Gore Court 1XI 2-2 Maidstone 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Maidstone 1XI on Saturday and it was the away side, coming off the back of four straight wins in the league, who were immediately put on the back foot by Court. Court controlled the game in the early stages, stringing together some excellent play going forward, but unable to find the net. As the game went deeper into the first half Maidstone did manage to create some chances of their own, and despite a string of excellent saves from the home keeper broke the deadlock with a well-placed short corner into the side netting.
Early in the second half Maidstone made it two with another well placed short corner. Court continued to press as the game went on and their patience was finally rewarded when Jamie Brook converted from a short corner. In the dying moments of the game it was Court who continued to control the game, and a shot hitting a Maidstone defender on the line allowed Court to equalise with a penalty flick from the spot through Aaron Glass.
Folkestone 1XI 6-5 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI travelled away to Folkestone on Saturday, looking to get 3 points from a potential relegation clash.
Court started brightly from the off, dominating early possession and creating a number of chances. The deadlock was broken after 5 minutes when Aaron Glass found Adam Hart who was able to deflect between the keeper’s legs for 1-0. Court continued to press and soon made it 2-0 when Jamie Brook struck from a short corner. The two goal cushion was short lived though, with Folkestone hitting back shortly after.
Court continued to create the better chances as the half progressed and Josh Moore added a 3rd with a smart mid-air finish from a well worked move down Courts right hand side.
At 3-1 up Court made a number of chances for themselves, but were unable to convert. A mistake at the back allowed Folkestone to make the score 3-2 at half time.
Folkestone started the brighter in the second half, scoring twice in quick succession to take the lead for the first time in the game. Court were able to hit back almost immediately through Hart to make the score 4-4 going into the last 20 minutes.
A tense final quarter saw both sides battling to gain the upper hand in the game, before it was Folkestone who were able to make the breakthrough with a clinical open play finish following a Court missed interception.
With Court down to 10 men and pushing for an equaliser, Folkestone were able to capitalise on their stretched opposition, making the score 6-4 with moments to go.
In the final seconds of the game a mazy run from Adam Hart from the restart won his side a corner, which was well converted by Brook for his second and the final play of the game, and ending the game 6-5 to Folkestone.
Gore Court 1XI 10-0 Sutton Valence 1XI
Gore Court 1XI got their season back on track with a thumping 10-0 win against basement side Sutton Valence 1XI. In a must-win game, Court almost fell behind before a goalline block from Jamie Brook. Goals from Aaron Glass, Adam Hart and Ryan Elvy had the home side 3 up at the break.
Court pressed home their advantage after the break with Glass and Hart completing hat tricks and Ryan Elvy scoring two with Sam Miller and Josh Ollerenshaw completing the rout.
Court face a tough trip to Eastbourne next week.
Burnt Ash 1XI 3-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI played out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Burnt Ash on Saturday.
After falling behind to an early short corner, Court responded with one of their own from Jamie Brook and then Adam Hart gave them a 2-1 lead at half time, following some smart stops from George MacDonald in goal.
MacDonald continued his inspired form but couldn’t stop Ash scoring to bring the score level, before Ryan Elvy scored to put Court back ahead. However, following a contentious yellow card, Ash scored with 5 minutes to go to level it up at 3-3. A point Court would’ve taken before the start of the game. They face Holcombe back at home next week.
Gore Court 1XI 9-11 Sevenoaks 2XI
Gore Court 1XI suffered another defeat in Kent/Sussex 1, this time at the hands of Sevenoaks, falling the wrong side of a thrilling 11-9 game.
After a relatively quiet opening 10 mins, the game opened up, with Sevenoaks finding the net first, the Aaron Glass responding from a short corner to keep the scores level. Oaks then scored 3 in quick succession before Court made it 4-4 going into the break following goals from Glass, Jamie Brook and Nick Orr. However, a disastrous start to the second half left Court 8-4 down quickly and then 10-5. But a remarkable comeback from Court brought the game back to 9-10 after goals from Elvy, Orr and Hart (2). But Oaks scored a breakaway goal after Court missed a golden opportunity to make the scores level.
Gore Court 1XI 4-2 Sutton Valence 1XI
Gore Court 1XI got their season up and running with a convincing 4-2 win away at newly-promoted Sutton Valence in Kent/Sussex 1.
Following a derby day loss on the opening day of the season, a depleted Court side, missing 5 regulars, started well and got the first goal after a good flick from Aaron Glass found the bottom corner. However they were immediately pegged back following a scrappy goal from Valence. However, Court led at the break after a maiden first team goal for Matt Jonas.
The home side were soon level after half time from a well worked short corner routine. But Court scored two in quick succession following well-taken goals from Glass and Jonas to secure the first 3 points of the season for Court.
Kent Cup Final
Gore Court 1XI v Canterbury 2s
Gore Court Men's 1XI are runners-up in the Kent Cup after a thrilling and hard fought match against
Canterbury 2s. On a beautifully sunny day at the Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone the first half was evenly contested until Canterbury took the lead from a penalty flick after the Gore Court goalkeeper Andy Woodward made a rash challenge on forward Harry Roberts who picked himself up to score the flick. Canterbury went further ahead through Sam Barrett and so took a two goal lead into half time, although Gore Court were close to scoring when Adam Hart was through on the keeper only for the umpire to wrongly bring the play back for a previous foul instead of playing the advantage for a couple of seconds more.
Gore Court came out fighting and pushing forward in the second half which allowed Roberts to score his second to make it 3-0 but Sam Miller scored with a stunning dribble and reverse stick shot to peg Canterbury back to 3-1. With Gore Court looking to score again Canterbury were able to suddenly rattle of a few quick goals from Tom Butt, Max Leibenscutz-Jones with another each from Barrett and Roberts, to complete his hat-trick, before Jamie Brook ended the scoring to make the score 7-2 to Canterbury. Gore Court 1XI have had a tough run to get to the final beating Brombecks, Holcombe and Maidstone along the way so can be proud to finish the season as runners-up in the Kent Cup.
Gore Court 1XI 6-3 Sevenoaks 2XI
Gore Court 1XI finished their 2016/17 league campaign on a high with a 6-3 win over a youthful Sevenoaks 2XI side on Saturday with Adam Hart scoring five.
Court had already secured 5th place in the league but looked to build momentum ahead of their Kent Cup final against Canterbury in May. Hart got the opener after being played in unselfishly by Luke Hasler. Oaks replied soon after, their forward firing a powerful shot past Woodward into the corner. Jamie Brook netted a rebound after his initial drag flick was well saved but Court were pegged back before half time to make it 2-2 at the break.
The home side flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half, with Hart netting three more from close range following good work from Brook and Hasler. This gave Court confidence to attack Oaks on the break and Hart had his fifth after a mazy run from Josh Moore gave him the simplest of finishes. Oaks scored a short corner with the final play of the game but it was too little too late.
Kent Cup semi-final
Maidstone 1XI 3-7 Gore Court 1XI
On Sunday, Gore Court travelled to Maidstone for the Semi-Final of the Kent Cup, having only played them the day before. Court were confident, although losing Tom Aylen to injury, but with the boost of returning skipper Rob Payne to the starting line-up.
Court had beaten one of the favourites, Holcombe in the previous round and knew the Final was more than achievable. It was a hot day, but Court started fast and didn't take long for Ryan Burke to sweep home a close effort to put Court 1-0 up. Maidstone responded well though, with a well worked goal, but soon after Aaron Glass flicked emphatically to put the visiting side 2-1 up. The lead was extended when Rob Payne turned defence into attack, as he tackled, and passed long to the forwards, with Adam Hart making the decisive touch for 3-1. Court seemed comfortable, but switched off for a moment and allowed a last minute goal at the end of the first half to go in 3-2 up.
Maidstone attempted to push on the front foot at the start of the second half, but it was Court who again asserted their dominance with Hart adding to his tally, making it 4-2, and it wasn't long before Court stretched even further ahead when Jamie Brook converted for 5-2. Gore Court were coasting by now, but goalkeeper Andy Woodward whilst making a goal line save was adjudged to have fouled and Maidstone were awarded a penalty stroke which was converted for 5-3.
Maidstone were inspired by this, but it was Court again who responded rapidly, this time through Jack Walker who ghosted into the D, and hammered another nail into Maidstone's coffin, to make it 6-3. Maidstone then replaced their Keeper with a kicking back, effectively going to 11 outfield players, however Court's defence was resolute and even managed one more goal from Cup debutant Gary Clark to finish off a determined and definitive result. 7-3 winners!
Gore Court now play Canterbury in the Kent Cup Final on May 14th, hoping to repeat the success over Canterbury that they enjoyed 9 years ago in the same competition to finish champions.
Gore Court 1XI 3-2 Maidstone 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI had double success this weekend over local rivals Maidstone in both league and Kent Cup.
Court hosted Maidstone at home on Saturday in a game that was important for the home side to consolidate their position in mid-table of the Kent/Sussex league.
Court started brightly, with a change of setup to allow captain Rob Payne to rest a slight hamstring injury. The bench too was full of debutants, with Gary Clark getting his first call up, and Josh Ollerinshaw making his league debut.
It wasn't long until Court found the net through Adam Hart, before Josh Ollerinshaw on his league debut popped up in the middle of the D to slot home Gore Court's second goal. Maidstone clawed a goal back, but it didn't take long for Court to reinstate their 2 goal lead through a Jamie Brook drag flick from a short corner. Maidstone managed one more goal for 3-2, and that's how it finished with Court earning a well deserved 3 points.
Tunbridge Wells 1XI 5-6 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI caused a major upset in Kent/Sussex 1 on Saturday, winning 6-5 away at league leaders Tunbridge Wells to mathematically confirm their safety.
Wells needed a win to secure their promotion to the South League and got off to the perfect start as their pacey and skilful frontline carved Court’s defence open three times in the first fifteen minutes to put them seemingly out of sight at 3-0 up. With nothing to lose, Court increased their tempo and had instant reward, with Luke Hasler slotting home from close-range. Minutes later, Adam Hart used his pace and skill to get past Wells’ backline and unleashed a powerful shot that squirmed past the keeper and into the goal. Court were denied a world-class leveller as Glass deflected a cracking ball from Hasler into the roof of the net, but the umpire adjudged that the ball hadn’t travelled five yards. However, they weren’t to be denied as Josh Moore deflected into the net within seconds of coming off the bench. Glass added another and Brook fired home a short corner to leave Court in dreamland at 5-3 up at the break.
Court knew that Wells would come out all guns blazing in the second half in front of an expectant crowd and their tempo was too much for Court to handle and got an impressive deflection goal of their own to claw the deficit back to a single goal. Court had to be patient in defence and looked threatening on the break, with Hart calmly slotting home a one on one with the keeper after good pressing by Moore and Hasler. Wells boasted the league’s top scorer in Ben Alberry, who proved his worth with a stunning backhand strike to bring his team back into the game with fifteen minutes to go. Wells piled forward but Court’s defence stood strong, with Andy Woodward making a collection of stunning saves as well as a goal-line stop from Brook to secure Court the three points.
Trojans 1XI 4-2 Gore Court 1XI
On Sunday, Court made the long trip to Trojans in Southampton for the Quarter Finals of the National Trophy, the home side competing in Southern Premier. Court fell behind early from a short corner but then Glass was denied as he hit the post and Hart had a goal disallowed after the umpire had already blown for a short corner. Trojans were very quick on the break and always looked dangerous but Court were level through Glass and then were ahead as Simon Pettett roofed a flick for his first goal for the club. However, Court were pegged back after a Trojans backhand shot made its way through a sea of bodies to find the far corner to make the score 2-2 at half time. Glass was once again denied by the post but Trojans broke from the rebound, working the ball to the back post for an easy finish. Court had many chances of their own but couldn't convert but as Court sent more bodies forward searching for an equaliser, they conceded another with the final score 4-2 to Trojans.
Gore Court 1XI 5-4 Eastbourne 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI won a 5-4 thriller at home to Eastbourne on Saturday in Kent/Sussex 1.
The team from the South coast flew out of the traps, playing a high tempo game that Court struggled to handle. They were rewarded with two short-corner strikes within the first 15 minutes to leave Court on the back foot. However, Aaron Glass struck a brace of short-corner routines past the visiting keeper to bring the home side level. Eastbourne were ahead at the break though, working the ball around the Court defence. Eastbourne dropped off in the second half and had to be patient after some opportunities went awry in front of goal. Ryan Burke had a strike disallowed but then went on a trademark mazy run and smashed across goal into the far corner to draw Court level. Eastbourne had completely lost their composure and were seeing multiple players being sent off and their misery was compounded as Adam Hart deflected into the net. However, a lack of defensive concentration left the visiting forward unmarked and scored. But it was left to Josh Moore to score the winner as he flicked past the keeper with his back to goal to the delight of his team mates and the crowd. Court will look to carry their momentum to Worthing next week.
Holcombe 2XI 0-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court made no mistake in securing 3 points away against bottom of the table Holcombe 2s on Saturday. Court who have had their season disrupted since Christmas through snow and freezing weather arrived at Holcombe with high confidence against a side they had comfortably beaten earlier in the season.
Court took the lead after 10 minutes with an unstoppable low flick from Aaron Glass after winning their first penalty corner. Holcombe tried to respond but it wasn't long before the visitors doubled their lead after Adam Hart finished emphatically after a quick breakaway attack down the left.
Court maintained control although Holcombe enjoyed their fair share of the possession. Poor team discipline on both sides resulted in both captains being sent to the sin bin for 2 minutes, but Court reacted the best to this scoring their third goal just before half time with a sweeping move finding Alex Nicholls at the top of the D, who found Hart on the base line, who in turn slid the ball through to the back post where a waiting Josh Moore slotted home. The second half was a scrappy affair as Holcombe desperately attempted to turn the game around, but little action occurred and Court ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Court host Eastbourne in the league this Saturday, before their trip to Southampton on Sunday for their quarter final match against Trojans in the national trophy.
Gore Court 1XI 4-4 Old Bordenians 1XI (Gore Court win 3-2 on flicks)
Gore Court 1st XI made it through to the Quarter Finals of the National Trophy after a pulsating encounter with local rivals Old Bordenians. After a 4-4 draw, Court won 3-2 on penalty strokes.
Court played an expansive game and created a few half-chances but mid-way through the first half, Woodward brought down the Old Boys forward, resulting in a penalty flick which was subsequently converted. However, minutes later, the home team were level after Hart made his way round the backline, where his pullback was deflected in by a Bordenians deflection. Although the visitors were ahead once again after Woodward was nutmegged from a short corner to make it 2-1 at half time.
Jamie Brook immediately levelled things up after half-time from a short corner but Old Boys made it 3-2 after some scrappy play around the D. Brook made it level again after a fine finish into the net. With 15 minutes to go, Woodward was beaten again from a short corner, but it was left to Aaron Glass to make it 4-4.
Woodward was the hero of the shootout, saving 4 strokes, leaving it to Glass to seal the win in sudden death, (3-2)
Folkestone 1XI 3-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI suffered a setback in their league campaign as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat away at Folkestone on Saturday.
Court started the better of the two teams, and were rewarded for their efforts after good link up play between Alex Nicholls and Jack Walker, who found Adam Hart who slotted home. Minutes later, Court made it two as Aaron Glass rifled home a short corner. The visitors had further chances to add to their lead but were denied by some fantastic saves by the Folkestone keeper. Just before half time, Folkestone got themselves back in the game after some sloppy defending from the visiting defence to make it 2-1 at the break.
Folkestone piled bodies forward and despite some excellent saves from Woodward, Folkestone dealt the visitors a pair of sucker punches on the break, as they scored two goals in 5 minutes. Glass had a chance to draw at the end, but he fired over from a short corner.
Gore Court 1stXI carried on their early season form with a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win away at Brighton and Hove on Saturday.
The game saw a cagey opening first quarter, with both sides struggling to create chances. Twenty minutes into the game, it was the away team that made the first breakthrough. Aaron Glass capitalised on the home team switching off after a foul, taking it past a couple of Brighton players before playing an inch perfect reverse ball into the D. Upon receiving the pass from Glass, Nick Orr created half a yard of space before slamming the ball home in smart fashion to make it 1-0. Five minutes later, the same combination struck another blow on the home team. Glass made the most of a defensive error, slipping it into on-running path of Orr, who pushed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.
Just before half-time, the Gore Court goalkeeper, Andrew Woodward, was called into action for the first time. With two minutes left until the half-time whistle, the Court goalkeeper pulled of a miraculous double save to keep the score-line at two goals to nil; much to the relief of the travelling side.
The second half followed in similar fashion to the first. Few chances were created from the home side following tight defending from the back four of Simon Pettett, Rob Payne, Joseph Eves and Alex Riordan. With the home team pushing forward in search of their first goal of the game, the final blow was struck from Gore Court. Will Reynolds won the ball back, playing it forward to Adam Hart, who took it past three helpless Brighton defenders, making the score line three goals to nil; which was the game dead and buried. The final highlight of the game was a second yellow from Rob Payne, meaning Court had to finish this professional display on the south coast with 10 men. Court are at home next to Holcombe looking for a 4thstraight win in a row.
Gore Court 1XI 2-2 Old Bordenians 1XI
Gore Court and Old Bordenians played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in Kent/Sussex 1 on Saturday. It was the first game for both sides since December 10th because of bad weather.
Bordenians flew out of the traps and missed two golden opportunities within the first five minutes, but they were subsequently punished by Court through Aaron Glass and Ryan Burke to give the home side a two goal cushion. Court, who were missing two key players, sat back, offering Bordenians a lot of possession, and their patience was rewarded as they finished off a short corner through the legs of the Court keeper.
The visitors were fired up for the second half and Court had to withstand an initial barrage of attacks while still creating a few good chances of their own. However, they couldn't convert and were finally broken down with 10 minutes to go, making it 2-2, a credible point for both teams.
The teams face a rematch on Sunday in the last 16 of the EHA Trophy.
Burnt Ash 1XI 4-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI came from behind three times to salvage a 4-4 draw away at Burnt Ash 1XI in Kent/Sussex 1 on Saturday.
Court struggled to adapt to a tricky pitch and fell two goals behind within the first 20 minutes. However, Court were level before half time following a deflection from Adam Hart into the top corner after Jamie Brook fired an effort across goal. Luke Hasler pulled Court level after he rounded the keeper and smashed past the covering defender.
The visitors piled on the pressure and penetrated the D on numerous occasions but failed to get their noses in front. Burnt Ash took the lead following a deflection but the visitors were back level as Jamie Brook calmly slotted home a penalty stroke. But within minutes of the restart, Burnt Ash were once again in front but Court were rescued by Aaron Glass at a short corner and the Australian had a glorious opportunity to win the game but put it over the bar with the goal gaping.
Gore Court 1XI 7-5 Ashford 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI made it four wins on the spin as they built momentum with wins over Ashford in the league and Holcombe in the Kent Cup.
On Saturday, Court faced Ashford, looking for consecutive home wins in the league. Court beat them 4-3 in pre-season and it would turn out to be a similar game. Both teams played an open, expansive brand of hockey, creating an exciting game for the neutral. Ashford took the lead early on following a short corner but Court quickly got the leveller following a shot from Adam Hart, which was tipped into the net by Ryan Burke. The home side moved further in front when Hart rounded the keeper and slotted home although the score was bought level when another Ashford short corner found the net. Jamie Brook despatched a short corner and Luke Hasler found the net but Ashford added another to make the score 4-3 at half time.
Court’s coach demanded a fast start at the beginning of the second half, and his call was answered, as Court fired in three goals with Hart, Nicholls and Brook all finding the net to give Court a comfortable lead. Ashford scored a couple late on but it was never going to be enough to deny Court all three points.
Gore Court 1XI 3-3 Holcombe 1a (Gore Court win 4-2 on penalty flicks)
Following their exciting victory in the league the day before, Court faced a young and energetic Holcombe team in the quarter finals of the Kent Cup. Despite Holcombe playing in the league above, Court flew out of the traps and the Holcombe defence struggled to handle the pace of Jack Walker, Jamie Brook and Adam Hart down the right flank. The home side took an early lead as Hart broke away from the defence and unselfishly squared to Luke Hasler who crunched the ball into the bottom corner to give Court the advantage. Despite boasting an Australian under-23 international forward in their ranks, Holcombe were limited to half-chances around the D which the Court defence could handle, although Brook had to deflect a powerful short corner over the bar. Court used their experience to carve the lead further open as Joseph Eves fed Brook who shifted the ball to Hart who once again beat the defence, rounding the keeper and smashing the ball past the defender on the line. Hart turned provider after Alex Nicholls used his agility to break up a quick Holcombe attack, releasing Hart, who ran the length of the pitch, before passing to 16 year old Josh Ollerenshaw, who capped a fine debut with a goal.
The first half was Court’s best performance of the season but were wary of a backlash from Holcombe, who had undoubted talent, with National League experience. Josh Moore almost got his name on the scoresheet but was denied by the keeper from close range. However, Holcombe were soon back in the game as James Day, the Aussie international put a short corner past Woodward in goal and then beat him again soon after, rifling a strike in at the near post. The ridiculous sending off of Aaron Glass didn’t help Court’s cause, but they continued to defend resolutely, with Rob Payne and Ryan Burke both making splendid last-ditch tackles to deny Holcombe, with Woodward also making some solid saves to frustrate the visitors. Court’s hearts were broken as Day completed his hat-trick, making it 3-3 at full time. Brook, Hart and Glass converted their flicks with Woodward tipping one round the post and after the post denied another Holcombe flick, it was left to Ryan Burke to slot home, putting Court into the semis where they will face Maidstone.
Gore Court 1XI 6-3 Worthing 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI got their league campaign back on track after a comfortable 6-3 win over Worthing on Saturday.
The visitors went 1-0 up following a short corner, the ball rebounding back to the penalty spot where the Worthing striker calmly slotted home to give the visitors an early lead. However, the home side were back on level terms soon after as Aaron Glass despatched a short corner into the bottom corner. It started a precession of Court attacks, which lead to Court scoring a further four goals before half time, with Jamie Brook firing in a brace of short corners and completing his hat-trick with a strike from open play with Adam Hart also getting his name on the scoresheet to make it 5-1 at half time.
Worthing came out in the second half with nothing to lose and piled the pressure on Gore Court, and pulled a goal back, but the gap was maintained as Glass added a second from another penalty corner. Worthing added another but Court managed the game well and had many opportunities to score but couldn’t add to their tally with the game finishing 6-3 to Court.
Eastbourne 1XI 4-2 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI suffered a setback in their league campaign as they fell to a 4-2 defeat away at Eastbourne. They made the two hour trip to the Sussex coast, but were frustrated in their efforts to secure a third successive win.
The home side deployed a half-court press with the clear objective of hitting the visitors on the break and Court fell into the trap five minutes into the game despite the best efforts of the visiting defence. The visitors looked to find a way through the stubborn Eastbourne defence and had three or four clear-cut chances but the frontline couldn’t convert. Court grew in confidence after a stuttering start on a bobbly pitch, but once again lost their discipline and conceded another scrappy goal, leaving themselves with it all to do. However, they gave themselves a lifeline when Adam Hart squared the ball to Aaron Glass who tapped in to reduce the deficit at half time.
Court immediately played with a higher tempo and the tenacity of Hart and Luke Hasler caused mistakes in the Eastbourne backline, one of which proved costly, as Hart again provided, this time for Hasler, who finished from a tight angle. But just two minutes later, an aerial from the home centre-back found its way through the Court backline, leaving a 2 on 1 situation which Eastbourne converted. With time running out, Court carved out a number of great chances with Jamie Brook ballooning the ball over the bar with the goal gaping. They continued to pile bodies forward, but conceded a short corner late on which was deflected into the net giving the home side victory.
Maidstone 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI
On Sunday, Court travelled to table-toppers Maidstone in the EHA Trophy, looking for an instant improvement from the previous day’s performance. The visitors dominated the early exchanges, playing with a lot more patience, building good phases of play, one of which leading to a short corner, which Glass rifled into the top right corner. But after two dodgy umpiring decisions, Maidstone grabbed the equaliser. Glass added another to his name just before half-time as he dived full-stretch to deflect a cracking ball in from Hart, although there was still time for Maidstone to score again after some sloppy midfield play.
Court looked to be more direct in the second half, but Maidstone looked more threatening in attack and Rob Payne and Simon Pettett had to be on alert to prevent any opportunities. But with 20 minutes to go, the complexion of the game was completely changed when the Maidstone keeper was shown the red card for verbally abusing the umpire. This lead to a prolonged break in play as Maidstone changed their keeper and five minutes later, Glass grabbed his hat-trick, slotting the ball through the keeper’s legs to put Court in front once again. The visitors held on, despite having to withstand some intense pressure from Maidstone, surviving numerous goalmouth scrambles. They will face local rivals Old Bordenians in the next round of the competition.
Gore Court 1XI 10-3 Holcombe 2XI
Gore Court 1st XI started their home game with a minute's silence alongside the Holcombe players for the recent passing of former Club Secretary Eric Ford. Current Gore Court Chairman Paul Birch described Eric as "a great stalwart of hockey, who will be sadly missed by players in Gore Court, around Kent and further afield."
Gore Court 1st XI closed the gap at the top of the league following a thumping 10-3 home win over Holcombe 2’s on Saturday. Hat tricks from Jamie Brook, Aaron Glass and Luke Hasler sealed the win for Court against an experienced Holcombe side.
The home side were full of confidence following last week’s win at Sevenoaks and flew out of the blocks, with Glass twice finding the net from short corners in the first five minutes, quickly followed up with a drag flick from Brook to give Court the lead that they were never going to relinquish. A slight lapse in concentration at the back lead to Holcombe getting a goal back from a short corner of their own, the ball perfectly dissecting goalkeeper Woodward and Payne on the post to give Holcombe a sniff of getting back into the game. After giving up a two goal lead the week before, Court learnt from their past errors and got straight back on the front foot with neat play around the D from Jack Walker and Josh Moore giving Hasler the easiest of finishes for his first goal of the afternoon. Moore notched himself another assist, unleashing a venomous strike at goal which was inadvertently deflected into the net by Brook. Although, Holcombe grabbed themselves a deflected goal, Court went into the break 7-2 up as Ryan Burke was the first to react to a short corner and Hasler added his second, nutmegging ex-Court keeper Garbett from the edge of the D, rounding off the perfect first half for Court.
Court expected Holcs to up their game after the break and had to withstand some intense pressure which resulted in a scrappy goal but it was quickly cancelled out by Hasler, who completed his hat-trick with numerous pieces of tight individual skills seeing him leave 4 Holcombe defenders in their wake, leaving himself with an open goal. Then Glass unleashed a ferocious reverse stick strike into the top corner of the goal to keep the crowd satisfied. Another Brook drag flick made it double figures, capping off a memorable day for Court. They travel to Eastbourne next week looking to make it 3 wins from 3.
(Written by Joseph Eves)
Sevenoaks 3-6 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI claimed 3 much needed points away at Sevenoaks at the weekend.
Court faced a young Sevenoaks side, full of pace and skill, but lacking the experience of the Gore Court squad.
Sevenoaks started the game at a blistering pace and caught the travelling Sittingbourne side napping as they exposed Gore Court's left wing, with a player left unmarked in the circle.
Court responded well with a fine reverse stick shot from Alex Nicholls finding the bottom right corner to level the game at 1-1. The visitors then got into their stride and found further success through Aaron Glass and Adam Hart to put them 3-1 up at half time.
Changes in the Gore Court back line at half time caused uncertainty and a buoyant Sevenoaks side turned the game around within 10 minutes to peg Court back to 3-3, which could have been worse but for a timely challenge from Joseph Eves to deny a 3 on 1 Sevenoaks attack.
Gore reasserted their dominance and scored 2 goals in quick succession from Glass and Jamie Brook, to take the game away from Sevenoaks, but the homeside fought to the end, and we're caught again by a further breakaway goal by Adam Hart to end the hosts hopes of a point, and providing a convincing 6-3 result.
Court climb back to mid-table, and hope to build on the result with a victory again visiting Holcombe this Saturday.
Gore Court 1XI 11-0 Crawley 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI got their season up and running on the weekend with a pair of comfortable wins over Crawley and Bromley and Beckenham, scoring 19 goals in the process.
On Saturday, Court welcomed Crawley in the league, looking to get their first win of the season after a disappointing loss to Maidstone the week before. The home side welcomed back forwards Adam Hart and Alex Nicholls and Hart got straight to work, scoring in the first five minutes after good work by Luke Hasler who had earlier put the home side ahead. Court played with a swagger that they had lacked the week before and were three up after ten minutes following a slick short corner routine culminating in Aaron Glass finding the top corner. The visiting side had no answer to Court’s ferocious pace of play and Brook and Hasler got their names on the scoresheet before half time to put the result beyond doubt. It was almost the perfect half for Court, although Captain Rob Payne almost knocked himself out, flying into a 50-50 challenge and came off worse to the somewhat larger figure he was facing. The result was a cracked rib and some sympathy from his team mates, however the umpire showed no mercy and sent Payne off for ten minutes.
Crawley adjusted their formation for the second half and Court initially struggled to find their levels from the first half, but as the visitors pushed more bodies forward, gaps were exploited by the pace of Sam Miller, Hasler and Hart, with all three extending the scoreline further after patient build up play around the D. By this time, Crawley seemed to have given up on getting a result which gave Court an opportunity to boost their goal difference, an opportunity that they didn’t relinquish as Miller completed his hat-trick, with Glass adding another drag-flick to make it double figures. But it was left to Hasler to cap off a memorable day for his team as his deflection mysteriously deceived the Crawley keeper, the final score reading 11-0.
(Written by Joseph Eves)
Gore Court 1XI 8-4 Bromley & Beckenham 2XI
On Sunday, Court faced Bromley and Beckenham in the Kent Cup, in front of a sizeable crowd. The south London outfit, who were relegated from the national league last season, flew out of the blocks and caught Court on the back foot and took the lead within the first few minutes after a deflection made its way past Andy Woodward in goal. The home side were struggling to get a foot in the game and Bromley doubled their lead minutes later, with a perfectly placed flick making its way past Glass on the post. The visitors were given a perfect opportunity to make it three after some sloppy play in midfield led to a penalty stroke being awarded, however Woodward got a tiniest of touches, tipping the flick onto the bar, giving Court an opportunity to get back in the game. Adam Hart had two chances, but with the goal gaping, couldn’t convert. But Woodward soon turned from hero to zero as he was nutmegged by a backhand shot from the edge of the D giving Bromley a three goal lead. But the goal seemed to fire Court up and Bromley took their foot off the gas, soon Court were back in the game as two penalty corner strikes from Aaron Glass set up the second half nicely with Court moving into the second half only one goal down.
Court came out and played at a high tempo, putting the visitors under some considerable pressure and were rewarded for their efforts when Hart deflected a Hasler effort past the onrushing keeper to put Court on level terms. A young Bromley side seemed to lack their composure of the first half and were fortunate not to go 4-3 down straight away when Hart hit the bar after a fantastic lob, leaving the keeper and defender stranded in the process. The home side had to be patient in their efforts for a winner after two fine saves from the visiting keeper, but with 15 minutes to go, Glass put Court ahead with his third corner strike of the game and Hart completed his hat trick with two further efforts, completely taking the wind out of Bromley’s sails. Glass then left the Bromley defenders for dead to slot away his fourth before Matt Hutson scored his maiden 1st XI goal with a poacher’s finish at the back post. Bromley notched a late consolation, but it was never going to be enough to stop Court from recording a miraculous victory from the jaws of defeat. Final score 8-4.
(Written by Joseph Eves)
Maidstone 1XI 2-0 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI got their season off to a disappointing start as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Maidstone on Saturday. Court, who have finished runners up in Kent/Sussex 1 in the previous two seasons, struggled to create many opportunities in the absence of Tom Oyler, Adam Hart and Alex Nicholls as they conceded two second half goals without reply.
Maidstone started quickly and immediately put the visitors under pressure by winning a succession of short corners but couldn’t convert thanks to some good goalkeeping by Andy Woodward. The visitors fashioned some chances of their own with Ryan Burke inches away from deflecting a Jamie Brook pass into the net. Court were forced to defend resolutely following some good attacking play from Maidstone, but the home side were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty stroke after the ball hit Aaron Glass on the line However, the stroke was fluffed by the Maidstone flicker and Woodward readjusted his body well to keep the score goalless at half time.
After some words of encouragement from the coach at half time, Court came out all guns blazing in the second half, with both Luke Hasler and Nick Orr coming close. The momentum once again shifted five minute into the second half, as captain Rob Payne was harshly shown a yellow after the Maidstone forward made the most of a strong challenge. The captain was sin binned for 15 minutes at a crucial time in the match and the home side made the most of their man advantage, scoring with a drag flick which dissected the keeper and the man on the post to put them 1-0 up. Court were denied a chance to get back into the game, as they were denied an absolutely stonewall penalty stroke as both umpires failed to spot the ball striking the body of the Maidstone defender on the line from a rapid Aaron Glass drag-flick. As Payne made his way back onto the field, his team conceded another as the ball bobbled through the D, with the touch from the Maidstone forward making its way past Woodward. The goal took the wind out of Court’s sails and they struggled to create any clear-cut chances, and the game petered out, finishing 2-0.
Court will look to get back to winning ways this weekend with two home fixtures against Crawley (league) on Saturday and Bromley and Beckenham (Kent Cup) on Sunday.
(Written by Joseph Eves)
Canterbury Pilgrims 3-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI completed another successful season, finishing in 2nd place in Kent/Sussex Regional Division 1 for the second consecutive year. However, unlike last year the promotion playoff has been suspended, pending results in the leagues above.
Court travelled to Canterbury, who had an outside chance of avoiding the drop, so fielded a bolstered side.
The game began as an edgy and tight affair, with both sides having opportunities, but it was Court who took the lead when Luke Hasler finished off a sweeping move for 1-0. Canterbury responded well, and finished off a fortunate chance to equalise. Court showing their quality again won a short corner, and Jamie Brook fired in a rocket of a drag flick into the top corner to give Gore Court a 2-1 lead going into the half time break.
Court determined to finish the job and secure second spot, pushed hard for a third, but conceded a short corner on the break early in the second half. Canterbury's resulting shot squirmed past Jamie Brook on the right post, but captain Rob Payne moved across from the left post to make a diving clearance before the ball crossed the line, but the umpire had already blown his whistle adjudging that the ball had infact crossed the the line. Captain Payne vigorously protested the decision, being heard to say "it was on the line" but the umpire remained unmoved and sent the skipper to the sin bin for 10 minutes for the outburst.
At 2-2, and with only 10 men on the pitch Court defended robustly and survived until Rob Payne rejoined the field of play.
It wasn't long until Court received another blow as they went behind for the first time in the game, when a Canterbury pass/shot found its way untouched into the bottom corner, to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
Court realising the enormity of the goal switched the tempo, and had Luke Hasler again to thank for an amazing piece of individual skill to beat the Canterbury defence and keeper at his near post to fire Court level at 3-3. It was now one way traffic, and with Court now firing on all cylinders, the ball broke to Aaron Glass on the left of the opposition D, who unleashed a monstrous reverse stick shot, giving the keeper no chance, and putting Court 4-3 up. With minutes to go, Court retained possession and control, and saw the game out in comfortable style, securing 3 points, retaining 2nd spot in the league again and sending Canterbury down.
A win tops off another great season for the Sittingbourne club, and look to build on their recent successes to take their claim for promotion next year.
Captain Rob Payne would like to thank the coaching staff, Paul Surridge and Dougie Reid for their effort, Nigel Eves for his work behind the scenes, their club sponsor Lukehurst's and all their supporters.
Folkestone 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI travelled to Folkestone to continue their quest for their second consecutive season as league runners up. Starting the day they sat in second position with Tunbridge Wells 3 points behind.
Court started brightly against a side with mixed form of late, and after plenty of possession but few real chances it was Aaron Glass who grabbed the first goal for the travelling Sittingbourne side. He dragged his flick sweetly into the roof of the net from a short corner to make it 1-0.
Folkestone offered little response, and five minutes later Court won a second short corner, and Glass made no mistake in scoring, this time with a low flick finding the bottom corner for 2-0.
The rest of the first half played out with little action, and Court went into half time comfortably
Court were slow out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half, and found themselves quickly pegged back to 2-2 after a series of defensive errors.
This only galvanised the travelling team, and after the Folkestone players started to loose their discipline, having two players sin binned, Court began to dominate again, and won a penalty stroke through Adam Hart, with Jamie Brook converting the penalty effortlessly for 3-2.
Court closed the game out in dominant style, but could not find the killer goal, but ran out comfortable 3-2 winners.
Gore Court 1XI 4-3 Maidstone 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI took a step closer to securing second spot in the Kent/Sussex Regional 1 Division with a good win against relegation battling Maidstone.
Court hosted Maidstone at Westlands Astro, but started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down within ten minutes of the start.
The hosts fought hard to force their way back into the game, and had their efforts rewarded when Aaron Glass returning from his head injury, fired in a low drag flick from a short corner to make it 2-1.
Maidstone continued to create chances but Court keeper Andy Woodward saved well to keep the hosts in contention. Sure enough, with minutes until half time Court equalised through another short corner, this time Ryan Burke reacting quickest to the rebound of a Jamie Brook flick to make it 2-2 going into the break.
Court started the second half well, with Adam Hart and Luke Hasler causing the Maidstone defence all sorts of problems. However, it was the visitors who again went in front making it 3-2.
Gore Court responded well, creating further opportunities through short corners. And converting the equaliser with Jamie Brook flicking low and hard to the bottom right for 3-3.
Court were not satisfied with a draw, and put Maidstone to the sword with their 4th goal from short corner, when Brook doubled his tally, this time flicking low to the left, scoring to make it 4-3.
Court travel to Folkestone on Saturday, looking to consolidate their league position and make it their second year running as runner-ups in the league, with the hope of a playoff.
Gore Court 1XI 2-5 Blackheath & OE 1XI
Gore Court's 1st XI fine run of 10 unbeaten games finally came to end after a gritty game against top of the table at home to Blackheath. Court who still maintain second spot, have now turned their attention to securing their current position and potential playoff spot.
Court started well, and created three clear chances in front of goal, but could not convert. Blackheath took the lead after 10 minutes, then doubled their lead 5 minutes later for 2-0. Court then lost Aaron Glass to a bad head injury, but managed to get to half time without conceding again.
The second half started similarly to the first, with Court searching for a goal, but a defensive error gifted Blackheath a chance which they took for 3-0. The hosts then found success through a sweeping move that Adam Hart finished to close the gap to 3-1, but were unlucky when a short corner save from Jamie Brook fell to a Blackheath attacker to finish off for 4-1.
Court were not ready to roll over, and scored again this time with Luke Hasler finishing well to make it 4-2.
With seven minutes to go Hart robbed the ball off the Blackheath centre back, and was ready to score, but the umpire mistakenly judge it as a foul, and crushed all hopes of a come back.
Blackheath then scored in the final moments to make it 5-2.
Gore Court remain clear in second spot and look to tie up the position in the closing fixtures.
Crawley 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI made it 10 games unbeaten in a row with an important win away at Crawley.
Court who are second and chasing league leaders Blackheath, needed the win ahead of this weekend's meeting at home against the leaders. Court started the brightest of the two teams, with Crawley struggling with their form of late. It didn't take long for Gore Court to go ahead when Adam Hart found Aaron Glass in the D after a sweeping move, with Glass making no mistake in slotting past the on coming keeper.
The game began to get scrappy as Crawley pushed for an equaliser, but Court soon opened up some breathing space when Sam Miller doubled the lead after Aaron Glass won a turnover inside the homeside's 25 yard line. Miller made no mistake in converting for 2-0. Court, troubled by Crawley's aerial threat conceded a breakaway goal, allowing the opposition to halve the deficit, taking the game in at half time with the score 2-1 to Court.
Court determined to take the win they vitally needed defended doggedly as Crawley threw everything at them, but with goal lines saves from both defence and keeper, Court maintained their lead.
With around 10 minutes to go Court found a third goal when Adam Hart picked up the ball, rounding all of Crawley's defence to nonchalantly tuck the ball past the keeper for 3-1. There was just time on the final whistle for Crawley to score a final consolation goal, but Court ran out comfortable winners on what could have been a banana skin day.
Gore Court kept up their impressive unbeaten run of form, and look forward to this Saturday's season defining game against league leaders Blackheath.
Sevenoaks 2XI 1-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1XI stretched their unbeaten run to nine games with an impressive win away against third placed Sevenoaks.
With Sevenoaks only one point behind Court and Blackheath seven points ahead, it was a must win game.
Court started the brightest, but it was Sevenoaks who struck first against the run of play, when Court turned over the ball on the half way and allowed the opposition to break. At 1-0 down Court dominated possession with Adam Hart threatening down the right for the visitors. It wasn't long before an equaliser came, as Aaron Glass stepped up and flicked an emphatic short corner goal for 1-1. Court now running riot in the Sevenoaks 25, forced a mistake by the hosts, gifting Gore Court a penalty stroke, which Jamie Brook stepped up and made no mistake in making it 2-1. Court then allowed Sevenoaks to break again. This time skipper Rob Payne was adjudged to be too strong in his shoulder to shoulder tackle, and the umpire awarded Sevenoaks a penalty stroke. Andy Woodward stood in the Gore Court goal, and saved brilliantly to maintain Court's 2-1 lead.
Court started the second half with their 2-1 lead, but Sevenoaks began pressing higher up the pitch, and created several chances, but couldn't convert. Court defended well, with Tom Oyler controlling the midfield, and soon had their reward when Nick Orr returning from injury came on, and set up Adam Hart for a well work deflected goal from open play. Court now 3-1 in the lead. Gore Court continued to threaten the Sevenoaks goal, but soon enough the clocked ticked down, but not before Woodward in the Gore Court goal made a string of strong, clearing saves, to leave no doubt who the victors would be.
Court continue to stretch out a lead over the chasing pack, comfortably maintaining second spot, and look for their tenth unbeaten game in a row away against Crawley this Saturday.
Gore Court 1XI 4-3 Ashford 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI climbed to second in the table, and closed the gap to 7 points behind leaders Blackheath, after a vital win against Ashford. Gore Court welcomed Ashford to the Westlands Astro, knowing only a win would be good enough to keep Ashford and the chasing pack behind them in the league.
Missing their head coach Paul Surridge for the weekend, Assistant coach Doug Reid took charge of Gore Court, determined to stretch their unbeaten record to eight. Court flew out the blocks and scored within minutes, after Matt Hutson's surging run from left back, and pin point pass to Luke Hasler in the D, who made no mistake in slotting the chance for 1-0. It seemed as if it was going to be Gore Court's day, but Ashford struck back almost instantly after a rare mistake by Court's keeper. Then a quick break by Ashford from a Gore Court short corner put the visitors 2-1 up at half time.
Court knew they were up against it, and when Ashford scored their third for 3-1, their task was made even tougher. Court determined to defend their unbeaten run began to press higher and had their rewards in winning a short corner which Jamie Brook appeared to score with a low hard flick, although the dubious goals panel has been notified as Aaron Glass claimed a touch (unlikely).
At 3-2 Court were right back in it, and won another short corner, which again Jamie Brook stepped up for, this time firing high and left into the rigging, for an unstoppable equaliser. The team and crowd celebrated wildly, but the hosts were not going to be satisfied with a draw. Court still had defending to do, but were desperate to get a winner. With just five minutes to go Court were still pressing Ashford high up the pitch and got further reward from their high press when Jamie Brook won a turnover over on the Ashford 25 yard line and put Adam Hart in for a 1-on-1 with the keeper. The crowd held their breathes, and Hart took the shot early, smashing the ball into the bottom left corner! The comeback was complete, from 3-1 to 4-3 up.
After the game the players were buzzing and Gore Court captain while describing the win was quoted saying "hockey doesn't get much better than that!". Completing one of their best victories of the season, Court still look real contenders in this league, and with their confidence sky high and securing their 8th unbeaten game in a row with a win, they look forward to their next game away at Sevenoaks.
Tunbridge Wells 1XI 3-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI stretched their unbeaten run to seven games after a well earned draw away against form side Tunbridge Wells.
The hosts enjoyed real attacking possession in the first spell of the first half, but it was Court who took the lead following a quick break with Aaron Glass finding Adam Hart with a reverse stick pass, which Hart made no mistake in converting.
Tunbridge Wells continued to press and created chances, but Court defended well, and doubled their lead through a second from Hart for 2-0, again in open play.
The hosts heads dropped and Court were looking comfortably on top, but with minutes to go until half time Tunbridge Wells snatched back a goal after a controversial umpiring decision in the middle of the pitch, lead to a quick breakaway goal.
With the score at 2-1 at half time the game was blown wide open again. Tunbridge Wells started the brightest of the two teams in the second half, and an unforced error by Court gave the hosts the equaliser.
Court tried to respond, and created clear chances in front of the Tunbridge Wells goal, but could not convert. It was then the hosts who created chances, and made no mistake in taking a 3-2 lead.
Court bounced back, and through another sweeping attack the ball ended up at Hart's feet, who made no mistake in rounding the keeper and slotting his hat trick goal for 3-3.
The final whistle sounded, and although both teams felt they could have won the game, a draw was probably the right result.
Gore Court host Ashford this Saturday at the Westlands Astro, in a fixture that always provides excitement. Court look to get back to winning ways and continue their unbeaten run.
Gore Court 1XI 4-3 Burnt Ash 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI climbed to third in the league after an impressive win at home against Burnt Ash this Saturday. The must win game stretched their unbeaten run to six games, keeping the pressure on the teams at the top of the table.
Court hosted their bitter rivals, who in recent seasons have been close competitors in the push for promotion, and the recent fixture gave the crowd at Westlands Astro an edgy and exciting game!
Court started with real intent, but it soon became clear in the first half that the home side's form had disappeared, and after Gore Court had missed goal scoring opportunities from short corners, Burnt Ash made no mistake in converting theirs, scoring two from two, with the second going in on stroke of half time.
At 2-0 down at the break, Court had an explosive team talk to the amusement of the spectators, but to the players their focus was galvanised, and from the first whistle in the second half Gore Court came out a new side.
Every pass stuck, every tackle made, Court had refound their class, and soon had their reward when Aaron Glass converted an unstoppable short corner drag flick.
Court were composed across the whole pitch, and ruthless in front of goal, with Alex Nicholls coming off the bench to slot a beautifully finished flick from open play. Court continued to win short corners, with Sam Miller's sleight of hand stick skills causing Ash all sorts of problems.
Burnt Ash seemingly caught on their heels in a game they thought they had already won, conceded again when Aaron Glass stepped up for his second short corner drag flick of the half, and roofed it for a 3-2 lead.
The visitors tried to respond, but Andy Woodward in the Gore Court goal cleared his lines well, and skipper Rob Payne thwarted a two on one attack, maintaining the hosts slim lead. Court pushed again and this time through a sweeping move involving Adam Hart, the ball ended up at the feet of Gore Court right-back Tom 'The Train' Aylen on the right side of the Burnt Ash D who powered in his shot from a tight angle to make it 4-2.
With the impressive come back almost complete Burnt Ash struggled to maintain their discipline, resulting in their players being sin binned, but they found time to score one last consolation goal, as Court closed out a controlled 4-3 win.
The win showed real character and mental strength, which Court hope to carry forward into this Saturday's fixture away against Tunbridge Wells.
KENT CUP GAME
Gore Court 1XI 3-5 Holcombe 1A
Gore Court hosted Holcombe 1A's in the quarterfinals of the Kent Cup.
Holcombe from the league above arrived with a strengthened team, which made for a highly competitive game of quality hockey. Although Court were missing two key players, they were confident they could cause an upset.
Holcombe were the fittest of the two teams, but Court were the side looking to play hockey.
After a good share of possession Holcombe took the lead through a low and hard short corner shot finding the bottom corner, and quickly doubled their lead with a turnover and break away goal for 2-0.
Court responded well, with Aaron Glass halving the deficit for 2-1, and a missed chance at the backpost for Court proved to be a pivotal, as they then conceded on the stroke of half time to go 3-1 down, when they could have been 2-2.
The second half started at the same pace, with Hart causing the Holcombe defence problems down the right, but it was Holcombe who again scored to make it 4-1.
Court pushed Holcs higher up the pitch and got their reward when the ball broke to Glass again, who made no mistake in finishing for 4-2.
Holcombe then managed to grab a fifth, but Court's dogged attitude found themselves back within two goals when Ryan Burke finished off a short corner routine for 5-3.
Court continued pushing, but ran out of time in the well contested game, that sees them out of the Kent Cup, but a performance that leads them nicely into their first league game of the new year at home against Burnt Ash this weekend, hoping to continue their quest for promotion and extend their unbeaten run to six in the league.
Gore Court 1XI 6-1 Canterbury Pilgrims
Gore Court 1st XI stretched their unbeaten run to five, with a comfortable win over Canterbury Pilgrims at the weekend.
Canterbury were strengthened by players who would normally play in their higher teams, as they had already broken up for their Christmas break the week before.
The game began as a very cagey affair, but Court soon took the lead following a spell of dominant possession, giving Sam Miller the chance to slot the first goal for 1-0. Canterbury tried to respond, but a very organised back four and keeper thwarted any danger before it reached the D.
It wasn't long before Court doubled their lead through an emphatic short corner drag flick from Jamie Brook. At 2-0 Court looked comfortable and went into half time with much confidence.
The second half, after a short frantic exchange, settled down, with Court again taking control. Aaron Glass added a third for 3-0, and again added to his tally to make it 4-0. Court were cruising, but then Canterbury forced a series of short corners, which they only managed to convert once Tom Aylen had been sent to the half way line for breaking from the goal line too early.
At 4-1 Court were frustrated by giving up their clean sheet, so began to pummel Canterbury with everything they had. Adam Hart was running riot, and scored a well deserved goal for 5-1, and with only minutes to go Sam Miller popped up with his second, a reverse stick shot to the bottom right corner to round off an excellent team performance, and a 6-1 win.
Court go in to the Christmas break in peak form, and hope to pick up where they left off in the new year, and continue their push for promotion.
Old Bordenians 1XI 4-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI made the short journey across town to play Old Bordenians in the local derby.
Always a hard fought fixture, Court travelled missing three of the their usual starting XI players, so knew the task would be tough.
Court started well, but it was apparent from the first whistle that it would be a tight game. Court had the first success, when Jamie Brook flicked home a great effort from a short corner to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
It didn't take long for Old Boys to equalise, and scored again to take a 2-1 lead. Court responded well though, and through a quick break, found Ryan Burke who finished emphatically from a tight angle to get Court back to 2-2.
At half time honours were even, but it didn't take long for Old Boys to find a third and a 3-2 lead at the start of the second half. Court pushed hard for the equaliser, and had Aaron Glass to thank for drawing Court level again at 3-3.
Old Boys started to lose their discipline, and found themselves down to 10 men on a few occasions, but Court could not capitalise, and it was the hosts that took the lead again at 4-3. Time was running down, but the visitors still found time to convert at another short corner, with Jamie Brook getting his second to make it 4-4.
The game had a nervy end, with Old Boys winning a short corner at the final whistle, but Court defended to the death, closing out a fair result.
Court host Canterbury Pilgrims this weekend, in the final fixture before the Christmas break, looking to continue their recent unbeaten run, and a win to claw them back in to the promotion chase.
Gore Court 1XI 6-0 Folkestone 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI hosted Folkestone in a mid-table clash, with both sides looking to close the gap on the top, and pull clear of their opponent.
Court were pumped up for this game, knowing that three wins from their last three games before Christmas would give them a good chance to climb up to second spot.
The hosts started the game well, and controlled the majority of possession and chances, as well as being well organised defensively. It took about 10 minutes, but Court won the first short corner of the game, which Jamie Brook fired in for 1-0. This started a spell of total domination by Court, with any sniff of an attack by Folkestone snuffed out.
It didn't take long until Court doubled their lead, with a one on one and a fine finish by Aaron glass for 2-0. Folkestone tried to respond, forcing a couple of short corners, but Court were more than a match for the visitors routines, and managed to keep a clean sheet until half time, and even found time to add a third through Sam Miller to make it 3-0.
Folkestone started the second half with a full press, trying to force Court to turnover the ball, but the hosts capitalised, and scored with a fast breakaway goal, finished by Aaron Glass for 4-0. Folkestone started to have a bit more success, winning a series of short corners, but Andy Woodward in the Gore Court goal made some fine saves, and the defence mopped up the rest to maintain the clean sheet.
There was still time for two more goals, when Sam Miller latched on to a Tom Oyler shot at the back post to deflect in for 5-0, and Miller completed his hat trick 5 minutes later, when the ball broke to him during a Gore Court short corner routine, and he calmly flicked home past the keeper and post man.
At 6-0 the final whistle came, and Court with an emphatic win and a well earned clean sheet enjoyed their third win in a row, and look forward to their local derby away against Old Bordenians this Saturday.
Maidstone 1XI 2-3 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI had a vital game away against Maidstone on Saturday, in a fixture that they needed to win to stay in touch with the chasing pack for promotion spots.
Up until this weekend Court had only limited success in recent seasons against a very well organised Maidstone side, but Court knew only a win would do.
Court controlled the game from the first minute, and after missing a few chances the visitors won a short corner which Jamie Brook flicked effortlessly into the rigging to give Court a 1-0 lead. However, Maidstone drew level within 5 minutes, and during a frantic few minutes before half time, Court found themselves 2-1 down.
Court started the second half in determined fashion, knowing they could not afford to concede further goals, and through a dogged approach managed to release Nick Orr for a break away goal, who slid the ball under the rushing keeper, to get Court back in the game at 2-2.
Gore Court continued to play the more attacking hockey, and with their defence now dominating the Maidstone forward line Court were now able to push higher up the pitch and won a penalty stroke, which Jamie Brook expertly dispatched to give Court the lead at 3-2, with just 10 minutes to go.
Maidstone now realising they were losing in this high stakes game, began to throw everything at Court, with their attacking style causing trouble for the Court midfield who had two players sin binned, one after each other during the last 10 minutes, meaning they had to play out the game with only 10 men.
Maidstone, now camped out in Court's half, forced a series of short corners in the dying minutes, which caused for desperate defending, with the Court defence putting their bodies on the line and Aaron Glass saving two off the line.
Court saw off the last of Maidstone's short corners, and found time to clear their lines from a 16 yard clearance, and to enjoy the sound of the final whistle.
Court now look forward to hosting Folkestone next week, and a run in to Christmas, that with wins behind them, could see them climb into the top three.
Gore Court 1XI 9-2 Marden Russets 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI demolished Marden Russets in this weekends Kent/Sussex Regional 1 clash at home.
Court started in a dominate fashion, and found early goals through Luke Hasler and Nick Orr to give the home side an early 2-0 lead, and it was not long until Nick Orr in his man of the match form scored his second at the end of a flowing move that saw Court go 3-0 up.
Court, although in control, turned the ball over cheaply to give possession and ultimately a goal to the opposition at the top of the D, making the score 3-1. The hosts, tried to respond immediately, but found themselves down to 10 men as Tom Oyler was sin binned, and Russets took advantage to score their second, to make it 3-2 at half time.
The second half started at a frantic pace, with both sides missing chances, and Andy Woodward in the Gore Court goal making a couple of important saves. Court eventually managed to retake control of the game, and stepped up several gears, which lead to Aaron Glass converting for 4-2.
It wasn't long until Court found a fifth through Sam Miller, which started a run of goals that saw Court score for fun, virtually passing the ball in to the goal. Luke Hasler added his second and Court's sixth, with a low hard strike to the bottom corner, followed up by an equally impressive hat-trick goal by Hasler, to bring a smile to the normally poker faced Gore Court front man, and put the hosts 7-2 up.
With Russets well and truly on the ropes, Court found time to add another two goals through Aaron Glass, including an unstoppable short corner drag-flick, to earn the big Australian his hat-trick, and a fine 9-2 win which saw Court climb several places up the table, and leading into a potentially season defining fixture next week away against Maidstone.
Blackheath 6-4 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI had a game to forget on Saturday, with a 6-4 loss away at Blackheath.
Court knew it would be a tough game, with Blackheath being the form team, but were determined to find their own form.
Court started brightly and found themselves 1-0 up through a Luke Hasler goal. Controlling the game, Court continued to push and added their second through an Aaron Glass short corner drag flick, before their third, another goal again by Hasler. Taking Court in to half time with a 3-0 lead.
Everything seemed to be well within Court's control, but a defensive error within a few minutes of the restart let Blackheath back in the game. Suddenly the floodgates opened and court leaked another 5 goals, and only with the last short corner of the game did Court respond through a Jamie Brook flick, making the score at the final whistle 6-4.
Gore Court 1XI 1-4 Crawley 1XI
Gore Court 1XI hosted Crawley in this weekends Kent/Sussex Regional 1 clash.
Court were keen to continue their rediscovered form with a win in the mid-table clash that would see the victor climbing the table.
The hosts started brightly and created three great chances in the first 5 minutes, as well as seven short corners in the first half. However, Court struggled to apply the finishing touches in the D, and lacked the composure and quality they are used to in the their short corner routines.
Crawley absorbed the pressure and countered three times to take them into half time 3-0 up.
Court again enjoyed most of the possession at the start of the second half, but again could not convert their chances. Crawley scored again on the break to make it 4-0. Court continued pushing, but only managed a consolation goal in the last minute, with Aaron Glass dispatching an unstoppable flick into the roof of the net at a short corner. Court we left feeling frustrated, as they enjoyed the lion share of the possession and around ten clear cut chances to score.
KENT CUP GAME
Gore Court 1XI 6-0 Old Williamsonians 1XI
Court had a chance on Sunday to try and correct some of their short comings on Saturday, in the form of a Kent Cup fixture against Old Williamsonians.
Like Saturday Gore Court started at 100mph, but this time managed to convert their chances, as Luke Hasler deflected in from a smashed pass from Aaron Glass, before Glass also added to the tally with an emphatic short corner flick to make it 2-0.
Old Williamsonians then enjoyed some possession, but Court were resilient, and didn't take long to add a third through Jamie Brook with an unstoppable reverse stick shot. The game became open, but Court soon regained control and found their fourth goal when Sam Miller, with his back to goal turned and pushed the ball low and hard past the stranded keeper for 4-0 at half time.
Old Williamsonians started brightly in the second half, creating a few chances, but Andy Woodward in the Gore Court goal made sure with a couple of fine saves that he kept his clean sheet. Court absorbed the pressure and soon found themselves 5-0 up after Miller converted a penalty stroke, after the ball struck the oppositions foot on the goal line.
After a couple of stoppages as the umpires conferred about the foggy playing conditions Court started to close the game out, but still found time to add a sixth goal through Patrick Brookson on his Kent Cup debut, who slotted a composed shot at the back post for 6-0, and very comfortable win, to set them up with a next round fixture against Holcombe 1A's at home.
Gore Court 1XI 6-4 Sevenoaks 2XI
Gore Court 1st XI hosted Sevenoaks 2s on Saturday, seen by Court as a vital game to get their season back on track.
Sevenoaks were a well organised side and through two moments of poor concentration by Court, the home side found themselves 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes.
Gore Court dug deep, and started to play some of their best hockey this season. The front line started running riot up front, with Hasler and Hart combining well, with Hart putting the final touch on a passing move that saw Court back in the game at 2-1.
Court, now more organised at the back, continued surging forward, winning a series of short corners which Aaron Glass flicked high and hard into the roof of the net for 2-2. The teams went in level at half time, with the game perfectly poised, but with Court certainly on top.
The second half started as the first finished, with Court dominating possession and threatening the goal with every attack. It wasn't long until Ryan Burke converted and Luke Hasler on a mazy run in the D, beat three defenders and played a one-two with Hart to finish the move for 4-2.
Court continued pressing, virtually camped out in Sevenoaks' half, and it wasn't long until they forced another short corner, which Glass flicked and Sam Miller followed up the rebound with a reverse stick shot for 5-2. From the subsequent restart Sevenoaks caught Gore Court on their heels, flooding forward and scoring to make it 5-3.
Sevenoaks enjoyed a period of possession as Court suffered a spell of poor discipline and had a series of players sin binned with green cards. Court had their new keeper Andy Woodward to thank for a spectacular save from a short corner, to keep the two goal cushion, and their advantage in the game.
With just five minutes to go Court found themselves down to 9 men, as the umpires lost control of the game and sent Nick Orr from the pitch on a yellow card and also captain Rob Payne who was penalised for a comment made by a spectator. This only strengthened Courts determination, and even managed to win another short corner, which was converted despite only using three players for the set piece. Glass flicked and followed up his own initial shot to rebound in an emphatic reverse stick shot for 6-3.
There was still time for Sevenoaks to make the numerical player difference count as they countered to make it 6-4. But with the final whistle sounding Court celebrated a well deserved win, with a performance to be proud of and the ideal build-up for next weeks home games against Crawley in the league and Kent Cup action against Old Williamsonians.
Ashford 1XI 5-1 Gore Court 1XI
Gore Court 1st XI travelled to Ashford this weekend with a side decimated by injury following last weekend's victory over Tunbridge Wells.
Court put every effort into digging out a result but Ashford were well organised, and through individual mistakes the visitors found themselves down to early goals.
Luke Hasler and Adam Hart worked hard up front, putting pressure on the Ashford defence, and forced a series of turn overs, from which a penalty stroke was won. Hart stepped up and slotted home effortlessly to get Court back in contention, and into half time 3-1 down.
Court started the second half brightly, with Nick Orr having a blinder, despite having to play out of position at right midfield. The visitors pushed higher up the pitch, but were caught on the break and found themselves 4-1 down. Through a series of cheap dismissals Court found themselves temporarily down to 10 men, and again got caught too high, conceding a fifth and final goal to confirm the 5-1 loss.
With players to come back in for their home game next week against Sevenoaks, Court hope to get back to their winning ways.
EHA TROPHY GAME
Gore Court 1XI 2-5 Tulse Hill 1XI
Gore Court completed their weekends double header by hosting Tulse Hill & Dulwich in the 1st round of the Men's National Trophy on Sunday.
It was always going to be a battle for Court playing a side from the league above, but after making it to the semi-finals in the same competition last season, they knew they had the ability to cause an upset.
Court started well, sweeping the disappointment of the previous days result to one side. With the game evenly matched, Tulse Hill won a short corner, and showed their class, flicking low and hard for their first goal.
Court responded perfectly, winning their own short corner, resulting in Ryan Burke smashing home to make it 1-1. The game became frantic and end to end. Court managed to regain control, but soon struggled to negotiate Tulse Hill's high press and conceded goals in quick succession to go into half time 4-1 down.
Court were still positive, taking the game to the visitors in the second half. The hosts made plenty of chances but failed to convert, and soon found themselves 5-1 down. Gore Court again dug deep, and won another short corner, which this time Ryan Burke flicked emphatically into the roof of the net, for his second and to make it
Soon enough Court ran out of time, and although losing, and being knocked out of the competition, the performance gives confidence for their next fixture.
Gore Court 1XI 5-2 Tunbridge Wells 1XI
Gore Court Men's 1st XI secured their first win of the season against Tunbridge Wells in this weekends Kent/Sussex Regional 1 clash.
Court hosted a much fancied Tunbridge Wells side looking to regain promotion after being relegated last season.
Court started on the front foot, and wasted no time in taking the lead after a sweeping move found Luke Hasler in the D, who turned his marker to slot his reverse stick shot past a stranded keeper to make it 1-0. Court wasted little time in doubling their lead, when another flowing move made it's way to Adam Hart, who in turn found Jamie Brook who emphatically smashed a reverse hit for 2-0.
Tunbridge Wells tried to respond, pushing higher up the pitch, but Gore Court absorbed the pressure, and countered again with Hart picking up his third assist to set up Hasler for his second, and Court's third to make it 3-0. Court maintained full control, and went into the half time break 3-0 up.
Tunbridge Wells started the second half with a full press that initially caused Court issues, and soon had their efforts rewarded when they won a short corner and converted to make it 3-1. However, it didn't take Court long to get back to what they know best, and scored their fourth through Hart who deflected a pin point pass from Matt Hutson under the on coming keeper for 4-1.
Tunbridge Wells heads dropped again, and Court forced the issue with skipper Rob Payne pushing forward from the back and sliding a pass to Brook at the top of the D, who fired his second reverse stick shot of the game to make it 5-1. With the game all but won, Court were complacent and allowed Tunbridge Wells to break quickly and score to make it 5-2.
Gore Court comfortably shut out the game with 8 minutes to go, and celebrated a well earnt 3 points, with a performance that will only make them grow in confidence.