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Return to Hockey - COVID-19 guidelines

Update from  our chairman
Just this last Thursday we had a committee meeting to prepare for the upcoming season. Fortuitously a couple of hours before that meeting England Hockey announced that they had moved to Stage 5 which is effectively a full  return to competitive league hockey. This is great news as otherwise we would be limited to only playing ‘local’ friendlies.
Not everything is normal though. The social side of hockey will be severely limited. HSBC is not yet open to non members and as such we will be playing home games away from our normal ground until such time as the HSBC Astro becomes bookable again. In addition we will not be providing opposition teas at HSBC and unfortunately we will not enjoy similar hospitality when we travel. There are some very limited changes to the actual game. For example ‘not picking up the ball’ as I hope most would not anyway!. And finally new track and trace record keeping requirements.
Please can you make sure that you cooperate with the new rules and guidance. Your captains will brief you before each game. Please help making their lives easier
For the latest information on 'Return to Play Guidance' go the england hockey website via the below link:
Stay Safe
Dan Bishop

Mens 2's win promotion

During trying times I am pleased to report some good news, that New Beccs Mens 2s have successfully managed to secure promotion by finishing 2nd in their league, just missing out on top spot on goal difference.

Unfortunately we don't know where that league will be due to the changes proposed by UK Hockey and the ongoing discussions, but whichever league it is they will rise to the challenge and be raring to go in September!


Mens 3s v K Sports (Cobdown)

Match date: 14/03/20
Opposition: K Sports (Cobdown)
Home or away: Home
Result: 4-1
Scorers: Matt Smith (1), Josh Slater (3)
Man/ Woman of the Match Wynn Roberts
Match Reporter Jon McIver

NHBC's 3rds final home game of the season, played in a slightly surreal fin du siècle atmosphere at a near deserted Lennard Road with almost every other team game at the club cancelled. End of an era for Wynn Roberts too, with (probably) his final game for NBHC after many years and even more goals for the club and its predecessors – his contribution will be remembered by all.

The Cobdown 4s is clearly their development side and they were much improved from the side we beat five nil in the reverse of this fixture in November – there are a lot of them, with coaches and supporters, and obviously a lot has been spent on their perfectly matching kit, but if you don’t play in a tight formation at this level, winning matches is hard.

NHBC 3rds do however play in a tight formation and consequently have only lost three competitive games all season, and were in no mood to lose this one. We started the game confidently and pushed Cobdown firmly back into their half but as always struggled to score against a team with 11 men behind the ball, in spite of having Andy Skipper back for his first game in five months. Gradually however we managed to make progress simply by widening the formation and getting behind the Cobdown defence. The first goal came from precisely that, the ball was moved quickly out of defence, up the right wing, across the goal and onto the stick of Matt Smith who gratefully knocked it home.

For the rest of the half we huffed and puffed, Wynn came on and within a few minutes of his (probably) last appearance was given a ball on the end of his stick which he unluckily knocked against the post. The half time team talk focused on the lack of goals – at only one nil we are always vulnerable. Against Ashford the week before the same thing had happened and they had ragged (literally, their striker clearly kicked the ball in and then celebrated like Maradona, embarrassing) an equaliser in spite of us having 80% possession.
The team talk seemed to work and we went into the second half re-invigorated and Josh scored a well-deserved goal after a few minutes. A second from him seemed to put the game out of reach, but Cobdown were not finished and finally seemed to start playing the ball onto their attackers from deep in midfield. A mix up on the left and a pass to their main striker resulted in Cube rushing out of his goal to kick the ball clear, unfortunately he kicked it straight to their other striker who rounded him and slotted home. Cobdown subsequently got a few short corners but another swift attacking NBHC move enabled Josh to get his hat-trick from Andy's skied shot and the game was over.
No handshakes but congratulations all round, we finish the league a firm third.


Ladies 3s v Faversham Ladies 1st XI

Match date: 29/02/20
Opposition: Faversham Ladies 2s
Home or away: AWAY
Result: 1-2
Scorers: Hannah Mitchell (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match
Match Reporter Chris Mitchell

Awful journey down in storm Jorge with persistent heavy rain then eased for play- but it was still freezing!
Early first 90 secs saw a great goal from our Captain Hannah from a short corner.

Then Faversham fought back for a 1-1 score line. There was lots of great New Beccs play and we were very unlucky that the balls through didn’t materialise into goals.

Second half started well again lots of promising runs from Tania, Lynne, Kim, Harriet and Lizzy.
Charlotte working hard in goal keeping as many out as possible as always, unfortunately a good run through and great strike saw Faversham get their second winning goal.

A hail storm signalled the end of the game, and really the right result a good game all round.

Well done all, now time to dry off in the warm and dry the match sheet on the nearest radiator!!


Ladies 3s v Meopham Ladies 2s

Match date: 22/02/20
Opposition: Meopham Ladies 2s
Home or away: Home
Result: 2-2
Scorers: Lily Rideout (1), Tracie Cullen (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Charlotte Pluckrose
Match Reporter Chris Mitchell

Ladies 3’s faced the in-form Meopham in what turned out to be one of the best games of the season. Meopham took an early lead but Lily equalised for us with a superb solo goal. Meopham scored again to lead at the break but our barn storming second half performance was rewarded when Tracie made it 2-2 near the end.
There were excellent performances all over the park but Charlotte was the unanimous player of the match with a mixture of skill and bravery keeping the opponents attackers at bay for most of the game.

The Ladies 3’s are now unbeaten since November and now sit 5th in the table and with three games to go, a top three finish is still on the cards


Ladies 3s v Burnt Ash Ladies 6s

Match date: 08/02/20
Opposition: Maidstone Ladies
Home or away: Home
Result: 4-1
Scorers: Hannah Mitchell (1), Tania Mathews (1), Harriet Nunn (1), Lynne Eve (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Tania Mathews
Match Reporter Chris Mitchell

The Ladies 3’s returned to winning ways after three consecutive draws. An even opening eventually saw us take the lead when Hannah scored with a great hit from a short corner.

Harriet made it two early in the second half after great play from Tania before Lynne put the game beyond doubt with our third soon after. Tania made it four when she fired home another short corner routine and although Burnt Ash pulled one back late on the Ladies 3’s held out for one of their best results of the season.


Ladies 3s v Maidstone

Match date: 01/02/20
Opposition: Maidstone Ladies
Home or away: Home
Result: 3-3
Scorers: Lily Rideout (1), Harriet Nunn (1), Jennie (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Harriet Nunn
Match Reporter Chris Mitchell

A competitive and tough first half saw us go in 2-1 down at half time with Lily scoring our goal. However, an excellent second half performance was rewarded with goals from Harriet and Jennie on her debut to put us 3-2 up with just seconds remains. However, we were denied a deserved win when Maidstone scored an equaliser with the last hit of the game.
A great game played in good spirits and on reflection a draw was probably a fair result.


Mens 3s v Burnt Ash

Match date: 18/01/20
Opposition: Burnt Ash
Home or away: Away
Result: 2-1
Scorers: Wynn Roberts (1), Phil Cole (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Phil Cole
Match Reporter Jon McIver

First game back of the second half of the season and New Beccs consolidated second place in the league with a decent win against a side that defended for 95% of the 70 minute game. Burnt Ash were on the wrong end of a 6 nil tonking in the reverse of this fixture at HSBC in October, and clearly had damage limitation as their main concern in this game. They defended resolutely and occasionally made a break into our half, but came up against a constant wave of green and yellow.

New Beccs started slowly but started to dominate from about 10 minutes in after the Christmas rustiness had been run off. A low sun in our faces and some poor umpiring became quite frustrating, but we eventually resigned ourselves to both. Nick Williams was picking up the loose balls all over the pitch but Burnt Ash always seemed to have 3 or 4 defenders ready to clear the resulting cross. Leon went close and Phil Cole started to penetrate down the left wing, but we eventually went ahead midway through first half when Wynn expertly dispatched a simple short corner. The good work was undone a few minutes later however, when our defence, who were as desperate as everyone else to score, were dragged too far up field. This had happened at the beginning of the game but when it happened again it resulted in Burnt Ash breaking quickly and scoring in spite of the ball clearly hitting an opposition shin pad and hand in the build up.

The half time score didn’t reflect our domination, and a resolute team talk and some sublime substitutions managed to turn things around in the second half. Jeff Pitcher came on a right back and started to dominate the whole right half area and feed incessant balls to Ewan Williams, who was starting to penetrate the opposition D. This link up and some better shaped defence and long corner routines (we only had 4 shorts all game but must have had at least 25 longs) lead to long periods of New Beccs domination. Phil Cole had missed a couple of sweet chances on the left post (including one disallowed goal which I'm still puzzling about) until he popped onto a goal keeper's error and scoped in from a metre out. The Burnt Ash keeper had played well up until then and had made a number of crucial saves, but I think the incessant pressure finally got to him.

So 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go, we played out the game with some fluent passing and attacking moves, at last finding our rhythm from last year. Burnt Ash had time to get their only short corner of the game, but once we went ahead again there was only going to be one winner in this game.


Mens 3s v Cobdown

Match date: 30/11/19
Opposition: K-Sports (Cobdown)
Home or away: Away
Result: 5-0
Scorers: Joseph Furzer (1), James Grey (1), Jon McIver (1), Matt Smith (1), Borys Wowczuk (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Nick Williams
Match Reporter Jon McIver

Final game of the first half of the season and New Beccs were keen to get another win and maintain
pressure on the top of the league, a win today would make it 5 in a row. We only had the bare 11
starting due to drop puts and sickness but it was a strong team particularly down the centre and we
started dominantly and continued that way throughout the match. Cobdown struggled to get out
their half, but defended resolutely and, with a strong keeper, caused New Beccs a few problems in
the first 20 minutes.

The break came when we started to move the ball to the wings and get behind the Cobdown
defence, a move from the back started by Pete Watt and finishing with Nick Williams down the right
slotting across a ball that the overlapping CDM pushed in majestically at the left hand post. A great
team move, but Cobdown still would not admit defeat and with the score at 1-0 at half time they
were still in the game.

Half time team talk focused on the lack of shots and eventually suggested that a few short corners
(we had had none in the first half in spite of circa 75% possession) might change the game. Sure
enough a few minutes into the second half Joe put the ball onto a defenders foot and from the short
James Grey pummelled it home into our favourite bottom left corner. Cobdown heads started to
slump and smiles disappear, as New Beccs continued to attack relentlessly. Another short corner
allowed New Beccs to demonstrate the feared Boris routine and indeed Borys Wowczuk did slot
home a fiercely spinning shot between the keepers legs and a defenders foot. However he had not
taken the ball out the D so it was correctly disallowed.

The 3rd goal wasn’t long in coming though with Matt Smith following up on some neat passing down
the right from Nick Williams and by then Cobdown knew they were going to be well beaten. Borys
did get on the score sheet a few moments later after exploiting the increasing freedom he was being
given by the Cobdown defence, he shot home from the top of the D. The final nail in Cobdown's day
came a few minutes before the end with Joe Furzer, who had run the Cobdown defence ragged all
day, doing a mirror image of Borys's goal. Unfortunately that made the score 5-0, which on paper
looks like a walkover, and the final whistle went before we had time to make it 6-0.

Special mention to Cube in goal, who for the first time in 40 years played an entire game without
touching the ball, and to the left and right backs (Hugh Willoughby and Vince West) who gave the
young Cobdown wingers virtually no possession all afternoon.

New Beccs 3s finish the first half of the season in 2nd place with 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 concession (the
last two over October half term, when we struggled to get a team out). Ignoring the walkover we
have scored 38 goals whilst only conceding 13 – top scorers so far Josh Slater on 8 and Leon Jackson
and Joe Furzer on 5 each.