Match Reports: Wednesday 22 March 2018 - Amesbury School
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Amesbury U10C/D’s boys hockey v Edgeborough
Score: Amesbury 5-1 Edgeborough
The final game of the season was against Edgeborough. With the Beast of the East behind us the weather felt tropical in comparison. The boys started strongly and it wasn’t long before the midfield and centre forwards teamed up and scored. Once the first went in the Amesbury boys sniffed blood and went for the kill. Four more quick goals left Edgeborough in shock.

The second half, with the U10D’s, followed the fine form of the first half team. It was a great spectacle for all who watched with a tireless end to end game it was hard to know which way the half would go. Unfortunately a long range effort slipped past all in defence. With Edgeborough taking a second half lead it forced the boys to chase the game and although numerous shots got fired they all narrowly missed. The quality of attack by both teams was excellent and the boys showed some brilliant progress from the start of season.
Report by: Mr O’Reilly


Under 11 A & Under 10 A Hockey v Edgeborough

What a great game on which to finish a season! The Under 11 A team played the first half against their Edgeborough counterparts and played some lovely, expansive Hockey with lots of neat passing and movement to launch attack after attack. The use of space and the quality of passing were a joy to watch at times and a number of great goals were scored after skillful approach play involving many of our players. We won the half 5-0. In the second half, in was the turn of our Under 10 A team who after a slightly shaky start in which they conceded a fairly soft goal due to poor communication in defence, soon started to find their stride. Like the Under 11’s they were able to play some very attractive passing Hockey and seemed to have a really good awareness of the positions of their team mates. One move seemed to involve most of the team in the build-up and culminated with a great ball across the ‘D’ which was dispatched into the backboard with aplomb! Exhibition stuff! The opposition were able to score a second from a short corner, but we ran out winners in the second half 4-2. It was clear that both teams had developed a great deal this season – well done to you all!

Mr Lawrence


U10 A Girls Hockey Amesbury v Cranleigh
Score: 0-2
Lady of the match: Isabelle PB
Players player: Isabelle I

The U10 A girls hockey team played a great game today! Although they lost 0-2 to Cranleigh they didn’t give up and continued to be hungry for the ball throughout the game. The girls did very well to put continued pressure on Cranleigh’s attackers and Amesbury’s defenders Sophie, Rebecca, Millie and Elsie worked very well to clear the ball wide out of the D. Iona, Isabelle PB and Flora worked well together dribbling the ball up the pitch and working together passing wide, just like Mrs Dover asked them too. Great work girls! This allowed Maia and Isobel up front to have some shots on goal. Amesbury had most of the attacking possession throughout the game, although unfortunately Cranleigh’s defenders and goal keeper were also working very hard in the match. Isabelle I worked extremely hard in goals and saved some great shots taken by Cranleigh. The U10 A’s team spirit was high throughout the match and the girls should be very proud of their efforts in today’s game. Great work girls, you played a great game against the strong Cranleigh side!

Miss Phillips

U10 B Girls Hockey Amesbury v Cranleigh
Score: 0-4
Lady of the match: Jazzy
Players player: Alice

The U10 B girls hockey team worked very hard throughout the game today against Cranleigh, although they lost 0-4. The girls worked extremely well together as a team, they communicated well with each other and never gave up. Tallulah, Ellie and Hattie worked tirelessly together at the back in defence. The re-tackling with their sticks down was putting continuous pressure on Cranleigh’s attackers, whenever they had the chance they cleared the ball wide to our midfield players. Isabelle, Jemima and Alice were creating space on the pitch well which enabled the ball to be passed from defence to our attackers with great power and accuracy. Although Amesbury didn’t score any goals, Amelia and Daisy were working hard with some great shots at goal. Jazzy saved some excellent goals today as never gave up, her positive spirit really lifted the team. The girls worked brilliantly together today and should be very happy with how they played as a team against Cranleigh!

Miss Phillips


1st VII Hockey v Edgeborough

Won 2-1

In their final game of the hockey season, the boys put in an excellent performance, working very well as a team and coming out with a well-deserved victory. Amesbury started brightly, with Fergus controlling the game down the left hand side with great intensity, but more composure on the ball was required. Once we grew in to the game, we started to show more composure on the ball and play the ball around confidently. The first goal came when Elliot and Max pressed highly and won the ball off the last defender, allowing Max to make his way in to the D and fire a shot in to the top corner via the goalkeepers stick. We continued to create chance in the first half but weren’t quite able to convert any before the break.
The message at half time was for Lucas and Tom to control the game and pass the ball back and round to bypass the press. They did this brilliantly and we continued to create lots of chance, with Oscar and Jack combining very nicely on a couple of occasions. Another good bit of pressure from our midfield meant a turnover which allowed Max to score his second and put us in a more comfortable position. With Edgeborough intent on getting back in to the game, they ramped up the pressure and started to create several chances of their own, but James was very composed in goal and allowed us to keep our lead. They did manage to get on back with 5 minutes to play, but our defence remained composed enough to see the game out comfortably.
Excellent performance from every single player, and a great showcase of the hockey we have been trying to play throughout the term, well done.

Mr Rouse


2nd VII Hockey v Edgeborough

Lost 0-2

These boys came in to the game wanting to finish on a high as for majority of the team this would be their last Hockey match at Amesbury. The first half was one in which neither side really took control of the game. We struggled to combine many passes due to trying to force it through defenders, and the few chances we did create were unfortunately saved by the opposition goalkeeper. The first goal came when we tried to force an opportunity and Edgeborough turned the ball over and managed to finish well.
At half time we discussed the need to make early passes and try to bypass the press by passing the ball back and round. There was a marked improvement on this in the second half, and we started to create a few more clear cut chances that didn’t quite make their way in to the back of the net. With Amesbury pushing to get back in to the game, Edgeborough unfortunately caught us with a bit of a sucker punch and went 2-0 up against the run of play in the second half. The boys continued to control the game, but we just couldn’t find the end product.
Unfortunate result, but the boys can be proud of the way that they adapted in the second half and the style of Hockey they played.

Mr Rouse


5th VII Hockey v Edgeborough

Won 3-2

A great performance to finish the Hockey season saw Amesbury come out victorious. The boys played very well, putting constant pressure on the opposition and not allowing them the chance to play. This constant pressure meant that when we turned the ball over we were able to find Rory in a good position in the D, and bar a couple of excellent saves and near misses, we could have been 5-0 up at half time. Fortunately for us Rory managed to put one away before half time meaning we went in to the break with the lead. This was also largely down to some excellent defensive work by Joshua who made a save on the line to deny Edgeborough.
The message at half time was more of the same, whilst ensuring we remained solid at the back. Early in the second half we extended our lead through more pressure which allowed Jake to finish neatly. We continued to dominate the second half and went 3-0 up with about 10 minutes to play. This seemed to awaken Edgeborough in to life and they got a goal back to put us under pressure. They continued to attack, and with our defenders putting their bodies on the line to stop any chances we managed to hold them off long enough for them to score a 2nd, but not have enough time to score the 3rd.
Very committed performance from every player on the pitch, and some good quality in possession gave them a deserved win.

Mr Rouse

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