CSHC 8th top goal scorer with 7 goals
As the last of the mince pies dry up and the boxes of chocolates once piled high have been consumed, we welcomed in the new year with a friendly away fixture to mid-table Harpenden 1st XI (of parallel division 2S).
The pitch was unusually slippery considering that it was not frozen, which, in cahoots with our post-Christmas (lack of) fitness, hindered our usual style of explosive attacking hockey. Like many of us, Pearson especially spent much of the game on his backside, finding it impossible to turn at speed.
Some would say that the arriving with only 2 recognised defenders in Tom Rosselini and Dave Aston was risky... and their suspicions would sadly be proven correct.
We conceded 3 early short corners which were ruthlessly dispatched, by the same chap top D, drag flicking his way in to our nightmares. He was later to bag another. No doubt he will go down in Harpenden Folklore.
Going in to half time at 3-0 down, we dreamt of a come back. We managed to score 2 in the second half, both scrambling in near post under the keeper (Chalky doubling his tally for the season, and Pearson with the other). Sadly, they scored 3 more in the second half, to give us the spanking we weren't expecting. It is true that we had our chances, but clearly we were far from clinical, and our defence was often overwhelmed.
Notable mentions go to Joel for claiming that he thought he was CSHC's all time 8th top goal scorer with 7 goals to his name. This earned him a well deserved Lemon of the match, which was just as well for James, as he'd managed to accrue yet another green card, despite it being a friendly! Man of the match went to Shin for having his birthday on the same day as the match. Tom Kemsley found himself on the losing team early on, and is said to have feigned a foot injury to avoid the prospect of losing. Also, a massive shout out to Jim Hockley, for being a legend.