Held at Felsted School

3rd March 2013

‘Goals Galore in Essex

Result:   Reds 5   Whites 5 

The second Intra-Club game of the year, played in the delightful surroundings of Felsted School, started with the usual gathering in the Chequers Pub.  After this, with slightly warmer weather than of late, the teams lined up on one of the two excellent Felsted pitches, watched by some hardy supporters.

Reds, under the Captaincy of Mike Surridge, were soon off to an early start, with two goals by Rob Oakley, followed by one from Bill Greenwood superbly running into position to score.  Phil Hutley pulled a goal back for Whites following a penalty corner second strike, but at half time the score was 4-1 to Reds following another expertly taken goal from Rob Oakley.  This indicated to the Match Manager Mike Surridge that some minor adjustments needed to be made to the teams, hence his decision to transfer to the Whites team.

The game then took on a totally different aspect, with the Reds defence being more pressurised, and despite valiant efforts by the Reds goalkeeper, Chris Wildee, goals started to flow for Whites.  The irrepressible David Gill scored with an unstoppable shot, whilst for Reds, Rob Oakley replied with his fourth goal.  However, the final score of 5-5 mainly resulted from an excellent second half hat-trick from Adrian Stephenson, who was in fine form.

An enjoyable meal was taken in ‘The Chequers’, and sincere thanks given to Umpires John Oakshatt (ex Felsted School) and David Woods (Chelmsford HC) for umpiring the game.  Special thanks go to Mike Surridge for arranging his fourth Intra-Club game at Felsted, and his excellent management of the teams, to achieve a balanced high scoring result, hopefully to the satisfaction of all the players.

Reds – Chris Wildee (GK), Henrik Kjellin, Martin Menhinick, (Phoenix HC), David G. Read, David Dixon (Hampstead and Westminster HC), Bob Grenside, Rob Oakley (Bedford HC), Mike Surridge (Captain), Gerald Wilkinson, Rod Cochrane, Bill Greenwood (Kettering HC).
– Mike Armsworth, (
Chelmsford HC), Chris Blake (Bury St. Edmunds HC), Nigel Steed, David Young, Eugene Murphy, Chris Perry, Bruce Evans (Chelmsford HC), Phil Hutley, Mick O’Malley, David Gill (Captain), Adrian Stephenson.

Match Report: - David G Read.