Gillingham Ladies 1st XI remain unbeaten, ripping apart 2nd placed team Yeovil & Sherborne 3rds 9-1 with excellent play all round. The only blimp was that one goal but the regular keeper was unavailable due to work commitments so Rachel Bootton stood in.
The goals came thick and fast with the season target of 100 goals scored being smashed, with games still to play. The final scorers were Michelle Burt with five, Hannah Feltham with two, Capitan Katie Shaw with one and one for Donna Fayer-Honour, the first of the season for her.
Gillingham Ladies 2nd XI took a young squad down to play Bournemouth 4th XI, including some debutants playing first senior hockey, and all did very well bringing home a 1-0 win, and moving them up to 3rd in the table. The scorer was Hannah Shaw.
The men’s 1st XI played a very slick and organized Yateley 1st XI at Gillingham, in a fast-flowing and end to end contest with both keepers being tested. It was the visitors that scored first, an aerial ball was not controlled by Patrick Legg and the quick forward nipped in behind to scorch one past Chris Dean in goal. It wasn’t long before GHC got level, a quick break with Matthew Haskett finishing off high into the net. GHC then had a period of concerted pressure but there opposition defence held tight, and Yateley were always dangerous on the break. 1-1 at half time.
The second half was a very similar game, GHC pressing for the second, and Yateley being very controlled and causing trouble on the break, but it was Gillingham who scored next, slightly fortuitously with a strike inside the circle and a defender deflecting past his own keeper. Time was running out and Gillingham won their first short corner of the game, slightly messed up, time for a last attack and Yateley scored with the last hit of the game. It was a 2-2 draw, very exciting game and in fact one point will do.
Gillingham men’s 2nd XI went to play Weymouth 2nd XI on the astro at Redlands, dominated the game but came away with a 2-2 draw, Gary Stevens and Jake Shean getting the Gillingham goals. Promotion is still possible but looks tougher now.
Gillingham men’s 3rds played Wimborne Wayfarers 3rds at Gillingham and finished a very good game with a 5-1 win, Edd Munday scored the first after a good break down the left and a well taken goal by the visitors meant 1-1 at half time but in the second half superiority paid off with Joe Miller, Edd Coling, Steve Rendell and Mike Osborne all getting goals to make it a convincing win.
On Sunday a Gillingham squad played England Masters Over50’s at Sherborne School in preparation for a tour and European championships, the team for Gillingham was made up of 1st and 2nd XI players but all jelled together and the overall game was very exciting. The Masters scored first but it wasn’t long before a spectacular reverse stick shot by Sam Rutter rocketed into the net. Gillingham then took the lead, Ollie Tremlett scorched past the last defender, took it past the keeper and then slotted into an empty net. The Masters got one back but it was GHC that had the last laugh with a scramble in the circle and a simple reverse stick chip by Luke Rutter ended the game. A thank-you to Sherborne School and Chris Roberts for the hospitality.