Sixth Form Mixed Hockey
Hartismere High School 0-4 Bungay High School
Bungay travelled to Hartismere, confident of a win after last term’s outstanding draw with Langley. A strong side made the trip, with the addition of Bea Flatt making up for the injury to Michael Sobel. Bungay tried to impose themselves as the stronger team from the start, but direct counter attacking nearly allowed Hartismere to score early on. After this wake-up call though, the visiting team started to take control, with Jack Frere-Smith going close to breaking the deadlock. Both teams were trying to use individual skill to beat players, which was proving ineffective, but once Bungay started to pass the ball better, space was created for Bea Flatt to fire the ball home to open the scoring.
At Half time, Bungay condensed their press in midfield to stop the dangerous Hartismere long ball. This provided a lot more turnover ball for Bungay, giving them a stronger platform to attack from. Good midfield play by Sonny Molloy, Amy Lockwood and Ellen Fewkes-Woodrow constantly led to threats on the Hartismere goal, eventually leading to Jack Frere-Smith striking to make the score 2-0. Sonny Molloy then showed great individual skill and strength the beat a few defenders and finish from a tight angle. Cameron Robson scored the fourth with a deft deflection after a powerful pass across the goal. Hartismere continued to utilise their pace upfront well, again drawing Bungay into a dribbling battle, but May Bowden marshalled the defensive linestrongly , with George Collins, Sarah Kett and Connor Peck making some vital interceptions and tackles, requiring Jess Harvey in goal to only occasionally make smart saves.
Bungay have started the mini-league with a victory, but with matches against Thomas Mills and Langley looming in the distance, the destination of the title is still far from certain.