Back row: Steve Potter, Simon Willis, Lee Medlicott, Luke Stoddart, Ollie Pratt, Arjun Malhi, Jo Hughes
Front row: Paddy Andrews, Oli Gray-Nimmo, Bill Heywood (C), Harvey Kang, Edoardo Bisconti
MRHA 3rd Team League: Midlands 1
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Season review 2017-2018:
The 3s season was a tale of two halves, before Christmas we won only 1 game, kept no clean sheets and gained only 1 point on the road. In the second half of the season we won 4 games, kept 3 clean sheets and earned 7 points away from home.
This reflects the relative youth and inexperience of most of the squad. I was blessed with lots of talented young players, but few had played hockey at 3XI level and they were mostly up against teams in the Midlands1 division comprised of experienced adult players.
For most of the season I had a defence based on young players, the central pairing had Dan Meehan marking and Archie Cleaver sweeping – Archie went on to play for the 1XI for the last six games.
Regular full backs were award winning “player’s young player” Dominic Lee and “young player” Luke Stoddart. A solid defence was key to our success – only the top 5 teams conceded fewer goals than we did.
At the heart of our midfield was Jem Lee (Dominic’s dad) whose nouse was crucial, aided by the experience of Simon Willis & Sam Hardman. Around them we had bags of young talent including Alec McDonald, Ben Dunnington, Jacob Higgins and Dan Porter.
Up front I had no senior strikers to call on, but Harvey Kang stepped up from the 4s and his desire to score goals led him to become the top scorer and “most improved young player”. He was ably partnered up front by Lewis Chatham, Billy Sansome and Nick Jones (before I lost him to the 2s).
My thanks to everyone who played 3s this season – a total of 47 different players, it was a pleasure to captain the side.
Season highlights were the 1-0 nail-biter against Barford – a tough fought game won by a Simon Willis goal and a backs to the wall defensive performance, a 7-1 spanking of Coalville featuring a Nick Jones hat-trick and a final day 2-0 win away at Shrewsbury which saw us move into a creditable 7th place finish, having been second bottom at Christmas.
The 2018/2019 League Table can be seen at the the MRHA Website here: MRHA South West Premier
2018-2019 Team Captain: Bill Heywood