After a six week break, the M1s could be forgiven for being a little rusty, and so it proved as they welcomed Wapping to Trent Park for a post-lockdown friendly. Southgate started the brighter and bossed the first quarter with Charles Hamilton opening the scoring to give us the lead with a toma from the left of the circle. Jonny Maunder extended the lead towards the end of the quarter converting a penalty corner. The second quarter was more of the same except Wapping got one back against the run of play to make the half time score 2-1.
The third quarter saw the M1s play their best hockey of the match making solid connections across the pitch which lead to a number of good circle entries. It was from one of these that Hamilton won a penalty stroke hitting a defenders foot on the line with the keeper out of position. Up stepped Alex Williams to convert the penalty restoring our two goal lead. The M1s continued in a similar vein into the fourth quarter, winning a hatful of penalty corners but their inability to convert any was to cost them dearly as Wapping proceeded to score two to equalise with their only circle entries of the second half.
With the National League not re-starting to mid-February at the earliest, it was a good opportunity to give the squad a run-out and remind them how to play.