Southgate Men’s East League teams racked up 13 goals between them on October 5.[table “9” not found /]
3As notched up a 6-0 win against Letchworth 3s. The first was from Matt Ellis (a brace for him on the day) a hat trick from Tom Murphy and one from Lucas Jaehnig. The goals coming from a mixture of open play and PCs but were all characterised by a sense of calm and patience in the manner with which they were dispatched. The race for this season’s top scorer has begun!
Letchworth had their moments though, especially first half and if it were not for a couple of excellent saves from Veysel Demir the clean sheet would have been in doubt. MoM went to Sam Ziff whose play shows maturity beyond his years.
Tankards A suffered an expensive defeat away to WGC2s as all six cars transporting the team were ticketed in the pub car park. Southgate went one up in the second half with a well worked goal that combined Oscar Prior, Haimish Patel and Simon Holmes laying it on to Will Hargrove to score. But then came a sloppy equaliser early in Q4 followed by a card for Southgate that WGC capitalised on to bag another with a third conceded in quick succession. MoM was shared between Jon Huddleston and Howie Wilson.
Tankards Y had the satisfaction of beating WGC3s by the same margin as the As lost. A really good mix of youth and experience. Guy Garner bagged two goals and Finlay Bachelor was welcomed home from Uni scoring a goal on his return. A great match all round with a MoM performance from Freddie Trathen. Particular thanks to Jatin Patel for performing the captain’s duties.
Tankards Z enjoyed a 3-1 victory over West Herts with 2019’s Dunlop-Johnson award winner and club umpire co-ordinator Justin Edwards volunteering both to keep goal and captain. The deadlock had not been broken by half time but within a few minutes of the break, Wiz converted a PC with a super strike. West Herts kept Justin busy and the pressure told eventually when the oppo scored a very well worked short corner. The game could have gone either way, but Southgate finally managed to pull clear in the last quarter as MoM Alastair Whatley produced two lovely finishes to close out the game 3-1.
Magnums 60s toughed out a close encounter with H&W Grand Masters after conceding an early goal right up until the final 15 minutes of the game. Despite most of the possession, the Southgate men could not convert this into goals and two late scores meant the final result flattered the opposition .
MoM was Jonny Ray.