Sorry about the lack of Weekend Preview last week. I promise I’ll do one every week from now on – and that’s a promise.
The Women’s Blues got their campaign for bounce-back promotion off to a good start last week with a 5-0 win against Sudbury. Since then they’ve been away to Sheffield on hands down the best tour in living memory. Two good wins against Sheffield Hallam, including some encouragingly clinical penalty corner routines, and two massive nights out will surely stand them in good stead this week as they travel to the Nomads.
The Beds had a tough start to the league season last week with a thrashing at the heads of Saffron Walden. I was present at this fixture in the capacity of “umpire” and so can give you the full low down. Basically Saffron Walden were pretty handy. The game’s atmosphere was accurately summed up by an incident in the last minute when I didn’t blow a blatant foot on the line and none of the Saffron Walden players seemed to mind. The Beds look to get back to winning ways with an early start away at Royston.
The Squandies were unlucky to lose by a goal in a high scoring thriller away at March Town last week. This week they have an ohm game against Leadenham. Hopefully captain Owain Houghton will be let out of the kit cupboard in time for push back.
The Wanderers’ first game in Division 1N didn’t go as planned down at Sudbury but they look to bounce back straight away with a home fixture against Wisbech Town. They will aim to use their youth and the pacey Wilby pitch to their advantage against a team known for playing home games on one of the worst surfaces in the east. Their ranks are also bolstered by Will from the Inbetweeners and, apparently, the England squad. So it all looks good for the Wandies, best of luck lads!
The Nomads’ first week back where they belong in Division 1N went perfectly with a 2-1 win away in St Neots. I have travelled through St Neots many times on the X5 bus. It’s quite pretty and has a butchers that does very good deals on sausages and mince but I don’t know anything about the hockey team. They face sterner opposition in the Women’s Blues tomorrow but they have the home advantage and can take heart in the fact that lots of the Women’s Blues went on two pretty huge nights out this week.
The Men’s Blues won comfortably last week against a very average Saffron Walden side, then set off on tour on Sunday. I can’t emphasise enough the extent to which these boys smashed tour. They played two games against Sheffield Hallam (who cares) then had two serously large nights out. Did you know you can get a pint for £1.25 in Sheffield? The Hallam lads said, “we thought you’d be proper nerds but you’re actually quite sound blokes” – high praise indeed. St Albans away tomorrow will be a good test.