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Aldridge and Walsall 3-3 Bloxwich
Aldridge and Walsall entertained table-toppers Bloxwich on Saturday, with the visitors snatching a late draw.
It was Bloxwich who took an early lead, punishing the hosts for conceding an early penalty corner. From then on the home side had more of the ball, although not creating many clear chances until the end of the half. Five minutes before the break Neal Kassell released Dom Boniface down the right flank, the latter drilling in a cross which was turned home by Paul Richardson from close range.
Aldridge and Walsall’s dominance continued after the break. Kieran Bhakta got in behind the defence to earn a penalty corner which Tim Wilding finished after a goal mouth scramble. Bloxwich could rightly feel hard done by, as a clear Bhakta foot went unpunished in the build up to the goal. The scores were level mid way through the half, as Bloxwich were allowed straight through the middle of the Aldridge and Walsall circle to slam home the equaliser from ten yards. Richardson was a constant threat for the home side, and his square ball found Joe Millerchip who coolly rounded the keeper to give Aldridge and Walsall a 3-2 lead with ten minutes to go. It should have been four only moments later. Richardson again looking for Millerchip as the pair had only the keeper to beat, but his square ball didn’t find the man. And Bloxwich punished the miss in the final seconds of the game with a well executed penalty corner to break the home side’s hearts. Aldridge and Walsall will feel this was two points dropped.
They visit Ludlow and Market Drayton next Saturday and Sunday respectively.
★ GAMES NIGHT ★
When? Saturday 28th January
Where? Walsall Cricket Club
A fantastic, fun January social to start the new year - Poker, Darts, Pool, Beer Pong and other fun and games will be played on the night!
As always, the bar will be open throughout the night!
Would be great to see as many of you there as possible to support the club!
Richardson Show Downs Ludlow
A&W 1st XI 3 - 1 Ludlow
Aldridge & Walsall saw off a spirited Ludlow side to return to winning ways on Saturday, courtesy of a Paul Richardson hat trick. Boosted by the re-signing of Tim Wilding from local rivals Wednesbury, they were ahead within ten minutes as Wilding burst down the right flank and found Richardson at the back post. The latter finished high into the net at the second time of asking. Ludlow drew level shortly after, equalising following what the home side will feel was a harsh decision to award a penalty corner. The game remained at 1-1 until the stroke of half time, when Richardson capitalised on a Kris Holder ball into the circle to put Aldridge & Walsall back ahead.
The home side had a plan to deal with Ludlow danger man James Platt, and man of the match Nick Dickson effectively marked him out of the game for large periods to allow Aldridge & Walsall to control proceedings. Richardson completed his hat trick fifteen minutes from time, finishing from close range after another attack down the right from Wilding. Aldridge and Walsall survived a late lapse in concentration and two disallowed Ludlow goals to win the game 3-1.
Next week they travel to bottom of the league Leamington and will hope to register their fourth win of the season.
Xmas Meal 2016
The Xmas dinner is on Saturday 26th November at the Boathouse, Sutton Park. The menu is attached below. There is a choice of 6 starters, 6 mains and 4 desserts, You don't have to pre order - just choose on the night. £30 per head for 3 courses and raffle included. Please let Mel Cuthbert know how many tickets you would like ASAP (along with names). See you all there!
10 Goal Thriller For The 2nd XI
A&W 2nd XI 4 - 6 Stone
Despite a strong attacking performance with us scoring 4 we were still unable to beat a strong Stone side. We went a few down within the first half and knew we would have to up our game to compete with a side pushing for the title this year. We managed to pull one back just before half time but still went into the break 3 1 down. With a much improved performance in the second half it was end to end action with us gaining some momentum halfway through the half with the scores at 4-3 and later 5-4. However, it was just not enough to turn around the deficit and the game finished 6-4 with a second hat-trick of the season from Dave Foster and the other goal provided by Immanuel Hazel.
Men's 1st XI Fly To Top of the League
King's Heath Pickwick 1 - 5 A&W
Aldridge & Walsall travelled to Kings Heath on Saturday looking to build on their opening day win, although despite the score line they rarely looked their best. After some early Kings Heath pressure, a Paul Richardson break found Glenn Humphries who won a penalty corner which was swiftly despatched by Alex Dallaway. The match remained in the balance until midway into the first half, when a quick-fire double gave Aldridge & Walsall control. After Kings Heath failed to clear a penalty corner Paul Richardson retained his composure in the face of an on-rushing keeper to lift the ball high into the net. Immediately after, a Dallaway quick free-hit found Neal Kassell on the right, and the latter drew a foul to win a penalty corner which Dallaway finished with conviction. Glenn Humphries added a fourth at the end of the half as a Richardson pass found him in space at the back post, making it 4-0 at half time.
The second half was a closer affair, with Kings Heath battling well early on to pull one back. Aldridge & Walsall responded swiftly as Dave Kinsey latched onto a Kris Holder ball into the circle to finish calmly. Despite a more even second half the away defence was rarely troubled in the latter stages, with Richard Flavell a brick wall throughout.
Next week Aldridge & Walsall host newly promoted Stafford at the Aston Uni Recreation Centre.
A&W Clean Sweep
A&W 1st XI 3 -2 Market Drayton
Aldridge & Walsall 1st XI played their first league game of the season against Market Drayton at Aston University Recreational Centre.
The first half started slow with A&W on the back foot as Market Drayton dominated possession. Within 20 minutes, A&W had conceded two goals as a consequence of defensive errors. At 2-0 down, however, A&W started to find their stride and clawed back into the game. Towards the end of the first halfa promising attack by the A&W forwards saw Paul Richardson deliver the ball to Dom Boniface at the top of the circle to finish and give A&W a glimmer of hope.
A&W came out in the second half, playing more positive and attacking hockey. The pressure told as Market Drayton gave away away a short corner, which was converted by Alex Dallaway. A&W pushed for a deserved winner and in the final minutes of the game, Alex Dallaway scored his second of the game, again from a short corner, to confirm the 3 points for A&W.
A great start to the season from A&W. Next week see's them travel to Kings Heath Pickwick.
Market Drayton 1-3 A&W 2nd XI
In the first half there were 4 short corners altogether - 2 for A&W and 2 for MD. A&W scored on both shorts and MD scored on their second short corner leaving the first half with the score being 2-1 to Aldridge and Walsall.
In the second, A&W scored off another short as well making this Dave Foster’s first hatrick of the league - making the score 3-1. The manager, Nick Patel, did encouraged the whole team throughout on the side lines. Ben Hopton performed with excellence, delivering some fantastic crosses in at the back post. Liam Humpage made some brilliant stick stops and goal line saves on short corners to stop the MD gaining the win. Aiden Hill did an amazing job in goal saving us the game. He repeatedly saved shots in all corners of the goal.
Overall the team played very well and won the first match of the league.
Quiz Night Social
Thank you to all who attended our HockeyFest on Saturday 3rd Sept! It was a great success, seeing lots of new faces in our junior and 'back to hockey' groups! We hope you all enjoyed it - keep your eyes peeled for our 'back to hockey' sessions in the very near future. Please see our facebook page for event photos.
Festivities At HockeyFest
Aldridge & Walsall entered two teams into the England Hockey HockeyFest 6-a-side Tournament at the University of Birmingham.
A&W’s men’s team was a mixed of experienced players and talented youth. Goals from Paul Richardson and Dave Kinsey helped A&W cruised into the semi finals. Special mention must go to youngsters Dom Bonniface and Joe Millerchip who excelled against older and more experienced opposition. After a comprehensive defeat of Kings Heath in the semi finals, A&W were up against a strong Old Hales in the final. The two teams had previously drawn their group match. The final. however, went to Old Hales who narrowly won with a display of clinical finishing.
A&W can hold their heads high, however, to be runners up against teams from higher divisions. A&W mixed side also performed well in finishing 3rd in the tournament. The mixed side threw caution to the wind, played without a keeper and attacked throughout. Dave Foster and Nikesh Patel were the top scorers as the team played against mixed sides from Harborne, Bournville, Old Hales and others.
Overall a great performance by A&W and a great day!
Hockey Refresher - Umpires & Players
An evening at the Stick and Wicket Club on Thursday 15th September at 7.30 p.m.to present the new rules and allow our umpires and players to raise any questions on the rules and their interpretation by BCHUA and Midland umpires coaches. It will be presented by a panel of senior umpires Martin Stott, National League Umpire and Immediate Past President of BCHUA, Rob Crosson Level 1 Umpire Coach and Appointment Secretary BCHUA & Midland and Peter Bell Level 1 Umpire Coach.
The evening will start at 7.30 PM with a 15 minute break at around 8.45 PM terminating at 10 PM. The theme of the evening will be “Back to basic Umpiring” and will cover the following points:- (It would benefit all those who umpire, in particular Club appointed umpires and anyone who blow an occasional whistle and players)
- Trigger points and reacting appropriately to the first opportunity and early to prevent escalation.
- Whistle tone, use and variation. Use of control cards, how to issue, when and combined with whistle tone.
- Timing of suspensions, umpire nearest to the subs bench
- Location of subs
- Tone of speech and closed statements rather than an open statements.
- Free hits and 5 metres
With a question and answer session depending on the time available.
Hockey Fest 2016
Aldridge & Walsall's annual Club Day aka Hockey Fest. We have lots of plans this year including:
- Junior training sessions for under 12s and under 16s.
- Back to Hockey sessions for adults who may not have played for a while.
- A great, social and friendly way to get back into hockey, no matter how long you've been out.
- Mixed senior matches.
- BBQ and drinks back at the Stick & Wicket.
The day is open to members and non-members. More details to follow but keep the date free!
Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club is a Sports Club Standard accredited club. The club has met minimum operating standards set out by Walsall Council showing that the club is well managed, child friendly, safe and effective in delivering their sport.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aston University Recreation Centre
(Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ)
10 am - 11:30 am
Aston University Recreation Centre
(Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ)