4XI Match Reports

2021-22

Gore Court 4XI 2-2 Burnt Ash 4XI                                                                                       19/03/22

Gore Court 4XI were once again up against it playing host to Burnt Ash this weekend. Needing a positive result to stay ahead of the looming relegation battle, Court promised without delivering anything early as attacks fizzled out tamely before amounting to anything.

Ash grabbed the lead about half way through the first half when a goalmouth scramble was taken well, flicked into the top corner. Court had more of the play as the half wore on but barely even managed to penetrate the opposing D, going in to half time a goal down and needing inspiration. 

The play certainly improved in the second half, as midfield talisman James Kemsley really found his stride and covered every inch of the pitch, winning the ball back repeatedly and launching attacks but again the final pass was often found wanting. However, the league’s leakiest defence was once again breached in somewhat contentious circumstances to double the deficit.

It fell once again to the veteran Paul Birch to rally the troops, as he stepped forward into the midfield and provided a launch pad for a number of Gore Court moves. He intelligently shifted the play from side to side, stretching holes in the visitor’s defence. He also finally hit on a short corner routine that worked, as he blasted home a goal to start the fight back. 

From there, Court pressed on to force the equaliser and it eventually came through a fantastic move down the right hand side, linking together a number of quick passes before Will Jury found his way in behind the defence, squaring the ball to Sam Bishop to find the net. 

The final moments of the game could have gone either way, but with no real clear cut chances either way it ended level. Credit to Lucas Leyden in goal who tidied up a couple of moves to make sure of the point, and Harry Medhurst who continued his fantastic season at left back.

Cliftonville 2XI 5-0 Gore Court 4XI                                                                                     26/02/22

 

Gore Court 4XI were brought back to reality after the glory of the previous weeks with a resounding humbling away to league high fliers Cliftonville 2XI. They sustained pressure for long periods of the match and despite their best efforts, the home side were just too good. 

 

It was always going to be a tough game for the visitors, and although they defended resolutely, a combination of good play and misfortune proved to be their undoing as Cliftonville ran up four unanswered goals in the first half. 

 

The second half called for fight, and the boys responded as well as they could. James McGrath had probably the best chance for Gore Court, but was unable to convert. At the other end, Lucas Leyden was unlucky to be beaten once again but in spite of what the score line suggests, had a very good game with some of his best work coming as his defenders flagged late in proceedings. 

 

Compliments abounded for youngsters Will Jury and Ned Bishop, who were often key in any moves Court did mount up the pitch.

Gravesham & Wellcome 2XI 0-1 Gore Court 4XI                                                                05/02/22 

 

An outmanned Gore Court 4XI put in their most complete performance of the season to claim another win in their clash against Gravesham 2XI. Playing the entire game with just ten men and no subs was always going to be a challenge, but the heart and passion shown by all was enough to get them over the line. Solo striker Ben Dutnall performed admirably in an often lonely role, offering the long ball option that was so often the ticket out of danger for the visiting side, and so it proved when he opened the scoring by poking home past the keeper after a swift, route one counter attack. The lead was doubled shortly after, again in similar counter attacking circumstances, as James McGrath’s pace and skill surging forward from midfield proved to be too much for the defence to handle. Youngster Will Jury showed his talent at times, calmly working the ball forward from the back under pressure, and equally creating opportunities when moving forward with his skill on the ball. 

 

Veteran defender Paul Birch dominated things at the back, controlling the flow of the game for large portions and making a vital deflection to clear a goal bound short corner to do his part to keep the two goal advantage at half time. In the second half, the lead was threatened early but once again Lucas Leyden was brilliant between the sticks, dealing with everything thrown his way with composure beyond his years. In fact, it took a penalty flick to beat him to enter a nervy final fifteen minutes, but resolute defending from an impenetrable Harry Medhurst, and the non stop legs of Ned Bishop were enough to ensure that the unlikeliest of victories was secured for the underdogs.

Herne Bay 4XI 0-1 Gore Court 4XI                                                                                        22/01/22

 

Gore Court 4XI finally resumed after the Christmas break, a week after the rest of the club, and the squad certainly showed the desire and fight to get out on the pitch and earn some more points. After a fairly lackluster start to the season, Court played with a newfound passion, pressing forward dangerously on a number of occasions. Most of the damage came through the right winger Archie Burden, linking up well with the midfield, forwards and especially his dad Dale at right back. His wizardry with the ball at the end of his stick ran rings around the defenders, winning several short corners throughout the show.

 

At the other end, however, Herne Bay had a number of dangerous counter attacks and it was only thanks to Lucas Leyden between the sticks that the sides went in level. Lucas was fantastic in his positioning, choosing when to come out perfectly and denying a number of one-on-ones as well as a couple of key saves when defending short corners. But it was Harry Medhurst who came closest to scoring before the break at the back post as another mazy Burden move sent Mark Webber in once again, lifting the ball over the keeper but unfortunately he couldn’t quite get enough of his stick on the volley to see it home.

 

It took an incredible solo effort to break the deadlock, from who else but that young man Archie Burden once again. He darted across the D from his position on the right, beating a number of challenges before rifling home on his reverse to take the lead half-way through the second half. 

 

The final minutes of the game were exciting as both sides scrambled forwards, but Barry Walker used his experience at the back to imperiously cut out anything that began to look dangerous. Up front, Sam Bishop nearly found a way to put the game to bed when a couple of half chances fell his way, but it once again fell to Leyden to secure victory with another key save late on.

 

The final moments of the game fizzled out, as a pair of inconsequential penalty corners after time lead to nothing for Court, but a well deserved and hard fought victory nonetheless. Credit to both sides for the manner in which the game was conducted, most enjoyable to be a part of and hopefully a sign of what Gore Court might have in their locker moving forwards!

Holcombe 6XI 3-0 Gore Court 4XI                                                                                        09/10/21

 

A meeting of two undefeated sides, but the lack of threat posed in the final third meant that it was always going to be a tough game for Gore Court. The visitors fought well but were no match for league favourites, and in fact Lucas Leyden did well to keep the final margin to 3 goals.

 

Although comfortably the better side, Holcombe only managed to take a one goal lead into half time, before experience and legs showed in the second half.  The Gore Court youngsters showed that the fight evident in them for the first couple of games was no fluke, continuing to get stuck in and throw some serious effort about even when things aren’t going quite so well, limiting the damage, but it wasn’t enough and goals from a short corner and a flick put the game to bed. 

Gore Court 4XI 1-1 Herne Bay 4XI                                                                                        02/10/21 

 

Court took an early lead through a Kev Hopkinson short corner, rifled through the defensive line that was notably lacking a keeper for the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the home side weren’t able to further capitalise on the kicking back employed by Herne Bay, but might count themselves unlucky not to hold on to the lead.

 

Once again, a lack of clear cut chances up front hurt Gore Court but strong defensive performances once again made them difficult to break down. Harry Medhurst and James Upson in particular were fantastic at the back, and birthday boy Ned Bishop once again posed a threat with dangerous runs down the left flank.

 

For the second match in a row, Lucas Leyden’s performance in goal made sure that Gore Court picked up a point in a game that could have gone either way, although on balance it was probably a luckier result than the previous week. 

 

Deal 2XI 0-0 Gore Court 4XI                                                                                                 25/09/21

 

A new look Gore Court 4th XI side travelled away to Deal for the first game of the season, under new captain Sam Boyns. The relatively cobbled together bare eleven held their own impressively, dominating the majority of the first half but were unable to create much in the way of clear cut chances. As the half wore on, the lack of subs told and the hosts picked up speed, and were perhaps unlucky not to score from a short corner routine just before the interval. 

 

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, but as legs gave out slightly quicker this time around it meant that Court were clinging on for the last 15 minutes to take a point back to Sittingbourne. 

 

Stepping up from the 5s, Stuart Bing had a brilliant game at the back, refusing to be beaten and positioning himself well, while Lucas Leyden in goal ensured that the visitors were at least not going to be beaten with some fine saves. Will Jury put in a fine shift at wing back, defending well and beating men three times his age in attack, linking well with James McGrath in the middle. The 0-0 result was somewhat of a rarity in hockey, but perhaps should have been a win with a couple of chances going begging. 

2019-20

Gore Court 4XI 1-4 Canterbury 5s

Gore Court 4XI suffered another defeat on Saturday to Canterbury 5s.  Court took an early lead with a fine goal from Sam Boyns who popped up at the far post to slam the ball home past the Canterbury goalkeeper.  Canterbury soon equalised but Court were awarded a penalty flick which agonisingly hit the post.  Canterbury grew stronger in the second half and took a 2-1 lead and with Court pressing for an equaliser they scored two more goals to make the final score 4-1 to the visitors.

Canterbury Griffins 5-0 Gore Court 4XI 

 

Gore Court 4XI suffered a heavy defeat away to Canterbury Griffins on Saturday.  Canterbury raced into a 3-0 lead by half time after some good play which lead to a goals from open play, a penalty flick and a short corner.  Gore Court were much better in the second half but unfortunately couldn't take any of their chances and while they were pressing looking for goals Canterbury were able to score two more to make the final score 5-0 to the home side.

 

Gore Court 4XI 3-2 Sutton Valence 2XI

 

Gore Court 4XI finally got their first win over the season with a battling 3-2 victory against Sutton Valence 2XI in tricky conditions.  With the wind and rain blowing across Westlands playing fields both sides found it tough going to begin with.  Court were the first to stike when Josh Laird attacked down the right and drew the Sutton Valence keeper out and then squared the ball to Doug Reid who slotted the ball away.  The second was similar but this time Sam Laird crossed the ball for older brother Josh to score from close range.  Sutton Valence hit back with two goals in the second half and with time running out Josh Laird played an aerial ball to Mark Webber who crossed for Sam Laird to take all three points for the home side.

Canterbury 5s 1-1 Gore Court 4XI

Gore Court 4XI earned their first point of the season with a battling 1-1 draw away at Canterbury 5s in driving wind and rain.  There were few chances early on although Canterbury had some short corners which Court defended resolutely.  Court then took the lead late in the first half when Kevin Hopkinson drifted towards the left side of the Canterbury circle before unleashing a fierce reverse stick shot which flew past the Canterbury keeper into the top of the goal.  The second half became more difficult for Court when Hopkinson went off with an injury which meant the remaining players had to play the whole of the second half without any substitutions.  Canterbury kept pressing and eventually found a way to score to make the score 1-1 at full time.

Gore Court 4XI 2-6 Herne Bay 3XI

 

Gore Court 4XI had another tough day this weekend suffering a 6-2 defeat to Herne Bay 3XI.  Herne Bay were on the front foot from the off and went two goals up in the first half.  Court scored a couple of goals from Dom Quinn and James Anderson to make the game closer at 3-2 to Herne Bay but the away team scored another three goals without reply to make the final result 6-2.

Maidstone 3XI 11-2 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court 4XI suffered their heaviest defeat for a long time with an 11-2 loss to Maidstone 3XI on Saturday. Maidstone took an early 2-0 lead after coping better in the wind and rain before Gore Court hit back with a well worked goal which saw Ned Bishop cross the ball from the right hand side for Mark Webber to slot home. Maidstone then scored their third before Court pulled a goal back with another cross from the right this time by Andy Bourne for Webber to control and take the shot on his reverse past the Maidstone keeper.  Maidstone then scored their fourth before half time.  The second half became more difficult for Court who conceded seven goals without being able to score anymore themselves.

Ashford 4XI 5-0 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court 4XI got their league season underway with a heavy defeat away at Ashord Hockey Club.  Ashford scored within the first 30 seconds with a well worked goal which ended up with a clever flick past the Court keeper.  They doubled their lead shortly afterwards before Court managed to start to play.  The second half began evenly with Court winning a succession of short corners none of which they could convert whereas Ashford went further ahead from two short corners of their own.  With Court pushing forward looking for a consolation goal Ashford added to the lead to make the final score 5-0 to the home side.

2018-19

Tunbridge Wells 4XI 9-5 Gore Court 4XI

Gore Court 4XI travelled to Tunbridge Wells 4XI with a scratch side and gave up the game inside seven minutes as they failed to settle and found themselves down 4-0.  This turned to 6-0 by the time a quarter of the game was done and although goals from James Anderson and Paul Birch showed signs of the hockey Court are capable of, at 8 - 2, the game was over by half time.

 

A rousing half time talking got the weakened side into a more positive pattern of play.  Creative skills from Birch and Paul Surridge, coupled with Liverpool-esque pressure from the resurgent midfield and a front line led by Anderson hardly allowed Wells into the Court half. Court started pegging the goals back through Andrew Perriam, Surridge and Anderson but sadly squandered several others. A last minute goal from the home side was harsh on Court, though the result was not.

Sevenoaks Acorns 0-0 Gore Court 4XI

 

A rare thing happened at Sevenoaks' Hollybush Lane at the weekend, a 0-0 draw in a hockey match.  Two evenly matched sides took turns in having periods of domination and both had chances to take the lead but they were either squandered due to poor finishing or snuffed out by fine defending from both defences.  With the game going into the last few minutes Sevenoaks had two clear cut chances the first of which was saved on the goal line by Zach Phee and the second was almost a carbon copy from Ewan Spears.  The umpire initially gave a penalty stroke to Sevenoaks as the ball hit Spears' foot on the line but it had hit the Sevenoaks' forward's foot first so a free hit was awarded to Gore Court.  Shortly afterwards the umpires blew for full time which meant Gore Court stay top of the league on goal difference from Ashford 4XI.

Gore Court 4XI 4-2 Gravesham & Wellcome 2XI

 

Gore Court 4XI won their first game of the New Year against a stubborn Gravesham & Wellcome 2XI with another fine display. Gore Court were comfortably 2-0 up in the first half with two goals from Will Dixon only to see Gravesham score from a deflected short corner and another deflection which lifted the ball over the advancing Gore Court keeper. Court regained the authority in the match with two further goals from Barry Walker and James Anderson to keep them top of Kent Open Division C two points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Gore Court 4XI 1-0 Ashford 4XI

Gore Court’s 4th string continued their strong start to the season with a win in their top of the table clash at home to Ashford.

 

Playing a kicking back instead of a goalkeeper Court dominated possession with Barry Walker and Mark Webber creating plenty of opportunities for the forward line. However, penalty corners came and went, as did a penalty flick, in a scoreless first half. 

 

Ashford were more effective in the second half, but Court continued to grind out chances and eventually took the win 10 minutes from time with a bullet of a penalty corner strike from Paul Birch. 

Gore Court 4XI  4 - 4  Sevenoaks Acorns

 

Gore Court followed up their 3-0 opening day win over Gravesham with a solid performance against a strong Sevenoaks side.  In an evenly balanced match, Court found themselves down on four occasions, but resolutely stuck to their game plan, playing some delightful attacking hockey at times.  Al Stewart found the net mid way through the first half after excellent play down the left side from Luke Stringer and Andy Perriam.  Mark Webber made sure the teams went into the break all square.

 

In the second half, Court pressured the Sevenoaks defence for a series of penalty corners and skipper Paul Birch was able to convert at the third attempt after the visitors had once again gone ahead.  With less than 6 minutes on the clock Court again found themselves a goal down, but a superb run by vice-captain Barry Walker sealed a point for Court and keeps them unbeaten for the start of the season.

 

2017-18

Gore Court 4XI 3-4 Tunbridge Wells 3XI

 

Gore Court 4XI came close to securing their first point of the season at the weekend only to see their opponents Tunbridge Wells 3XI snatch it away in the dying moments of the game.  Tunbridge Wells started well and were soon two goals up but undeterred Gore Court continued to fight and pulled a goal back when Luke Stringer's shot went in at the far post past the Wells' goalkeeper.  Sam Boyns equalised for Court with a deflection from a ball into the D from Ashley Hooker.  Tunbridge Wells then went ahead again and with the game looking lost Mark Webber ran past most of the Tunbridge Wells defence to calmly slot the ball home.  Court then went into defensive mode to try and secure the point but a Tunbridge Wells attacker stole the ball when it looked as though it was rolling over the byline and crossed to an unmarked team mate who tapped into an empty net.  Court then went all out attack but couldn't find the equaliser to gain the point they deserved.

2016-17

Ashford 4XI 2-5 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court secured a well deserved victory against a robust Ashford side on Saturday. Court started the game well and took an early lead from a Rob Goodwin short corner strike. Court’s lead was doubled minutes later when a rasping shot from Goodwin cannoned back off the keeper on to an Ashford defender’s stick and back into the goal – spectacularly unlucky! The lead was extended to 3 when Goodwin coolly rounded the keeper to slot in for his hat trick. However, with half time beckoning, a rare Ashford attack found a striker free in the D to score comfortably. The second half was much more evenly contested. Court again started strongly and a melee in the Ashford D saw the ball fall invitingly to Nigel Eves to strike home past a static keeper. The game appeared to be safe with 10 minutes to go when Ashley Hooker drilled home a short corner, but a spirited fight back from Ashford saw them reduce the deficit with 10 minutes to go and but for some solid keeping from Mackenzie Stevens, the margin of victory would have been closer.

Canterbury 5XI 2-2 Gore Court 4XI

Gore Court 4XI produced a solid performance on Saturday and will feel they should have taken all three points.  Canterbury took the lead in the first half but goals from Scott Hazell and Nigel Eves saw Court take a deserved lead. However with five minutes to go Canterbury struck to leave Court ruing missed chances.

Gore Court 4XI 2-0 Holcombe 4XI

Gore Court 4XI secured a comfortable win over local rivals Holcombe 4XI at the weekend. Court scored two first half goals through Culum Annand and Scott Hazell, Holcombe rarely threatened and Court saw out an easy win.

Gore Court 4XI 1-1 Marden Russets 2XI

An evenly matched and tense affair of a game saw few chances for either side.  It was Gore Court who took the early advantage with a goal fom captain Paul Mills who hit the ball into the roof of the net following a short corner. Marden never gave up and they deserved an equaliser five minutes from time with a well worked move.

2015-16

Gore Court 4XI 9-1 Folkestone Optimist 4XI

 

Gore Court 4XI had their second biggest win of the season at home to Folkestone 4XI on Saturday.  The optimism of the Folkestone team must have faded vey quickly as they were well and truly thumped at Westlands.  Goals from Sam Miller (3), Scott Hazel (2) and one each from Noel Lander, Alex Nicholls, Josh Harding and Paul Mills capped a fine team display with Ryan Kelly particularly impressive.

 

Gore Court 4XI 3-3 New Beccehamiams 2XI

 

Gore Court 4XI entertained top of the table New Beccehamiams 2XI on Saturday.  It was the London side that dominated the first half and defensive lapses saw them race into a three-nil lead with not long played.  Court hung on and were given a lifeline just before half time through Frazer Stevens.  Half time gave Court time to think it through and a much more determined side took to the pitch for the second half and Court were duly rewarded for their efforts, again it was Stevens who made it 2-3.  Court deservedly squared it up through man of the match Stevens as he calmly converted a penalty flick.  An entertaining game from the entertaining fourth eleven!

 

Marden Russets 3XI 3-4 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court 4XI travelled out into deepest Kent to face a Marden side just one place below them in the league. Court were shoddy for most of the first half and went into half time 2-0 down.  However, it was a different Court side that came out for the second half and goals from Frazer Stevens and Paul Mills saw Court quickly level things off.  This topsy turvy clash then saw Marden go in front once again only for Mills to square things up to make honours even.  Court, playing much the better hockey, now turned the screw and goals from Culum Annand and Ashley Hooker saw Court return to Sittingbourne with all three points.

 

Gore Court 4XI 0-2 Canterbury 5XI

 

A close game on Saturday at Westlands saw Canterbury edge a plucky Gore Court side.  The blue and golds started strongly but it was Canterbury who took the lead mid-way through the first half.  Court threatened but never really had a cutting edge and it was Canterbury who sealed the win late on with a second goal.

 

Gore Court 4XI 4-3 Herne Bay 2XI

 

A thrilling game of hockey saw Gore Court edge a classic at Westlands on Saturday.  Herne Bay took an early lead but it was Court who played the better hockey and deservedly equalised through Jonathon Booth and then take the lead through the excellent Frazer Stevens.  Court then increased their lead through Ashley Hooker before Herne Bay mounted an impressive come back to firstly reduce Court's lead an then equalise with five minutes to go.  Gore Court were not to be denied and a fine team passing move saw man of the match Booth score the winner with seconds to go.

 

HSBC 1XI 1-5 Gore Court 4XI

 

An outstanding team performance on Saturday saw Gore Court 4XI ease to victory.  Court took an early lead through the excellent Jon Booth, and Culum Annand doubled the blue and golds lead soon after.  Credit must go to HSBC who took their only chance of the first half to give themselves a sniff at half time.  Court wobbled until captain Paul Mills smashed in a third to make things comfortable.  Then came the champagne hockey as first Scott Hazell and then Barry Walker sealed a good win.

 

Gore Court 4XI 11-2 Old Williamsonians 3XI

 

Gore Court 4XI returned to winning ways on Saturday with an 11-2 drubbing of Old Williamsonians 3XI.  Hat-tricks from James Anderson and Alex Nicholls along with two goals each from man of the match Josh Ollerenshaw and Jon Laird and one from Neil Wanstall made it a good day for Gore Court's fourth team.

 

Folkestone 4XI 2-1 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court travelled to a rain soaked Folkestone on Saturday hoping to bounce back from recent disappointments.  However, the visitors failed to get into their stride and it was the home side who raced into a deserved two-nil halftime lead.  After stern words at half time Court rallied and chance after chance came and went before Paul Mills finally scored with fifteen minutes to go.  It wasn't enough however, inability in front of goal costing the blue and golds.

 

Gore Court 4XI 1-4 Tunbridge Wells 3XI

 

Gore Court 4XI were well and truly beaten at home on Saturday.  Tunbridge Wells took a deserved early lead and doubled their lead soon after. James Anderson gave court a sniff of getting back into the game but it wasn't to be as Wells increased their lead twice more for a deserved victory.

 

New Beccehamian 2XI 3-1 Gore Court 4XI

 

A confident Gore Court side travelled to Beckenham on Saturday looking to move further up the table.  It wasn't to be as a sluggish start saw New Beccs take a two-nil half time lead.  Ahsley Hooker gave Court hope with a fine strike but injury to skipper Paul Mills saw Court play most of the second half with ten men and it was New Beccs who took full advantage scoring two further goals to seal a comprehensive victory.

 

Gore Court 4XI 3-0 Marden Russets 3XI

 

Gore Court continued their recent good form and comfortably overcame Marden Russets on Saturday.  All of the goals came in the first half through Flanders, Harry Spillett and James Anderson.  It could have been worse for the visitors had it not been for the Marden keeper and some poor finishing form Gore Court.

 

Canterbury 5XI 2-1 Gore Court 4XI

 

A confident Gore Court 4XI side travelled to Canterbury on Saturday looking to build on last week's win and it was Court who took the game to the hosts in a one sided first half.  However, Court failed to capitalise and it wasn't until the second half that they took a deserved lead through Josh Ollerenshaw.  Canterbury came back strongly and having levelled they broke Court hearts with a late winner.

 

Holcombe 4XI 1-4 Gore Court 4XI

 

Gore Court 4XI travelled to Holcombe on Saturday looking for their first league win of the season.  Court took the game to Holcombe and took a deserved lead early in the game only for Holcombe to equalise shortly after. Skipper Paul Mills restored the lead before half time and Ashley Hooker and Jon Laird added the icing on the cake in the second half for a convincing Gore Court win.