Match reports for the 2015/16 season are now in the Pilgrims Booklet 2016 which may be accessed on this website.
Sunday October 2nd -Haileybury 6’s annual tournament
After a shaky start to the morning with the designated bus driver’s alarm not going off and the bus still not collected, we finally set off full of 9 eager Pilgrims hockey players.
As always we received a warm welcome by one of the tournament organisers and OS, Andy Searson who eased us into the tournament with a game against arguably our biggest West Country rival, Bryanston.
A strong start to the game resulted in us going 2-0 up early on in the game, with a fine finish from Jack Hamshaw at the top of the D, followed by a fairly straight forward (but crucial) tap in from Ed Bacon. Bryanston pulled one back, but too little too late as the final whistle went. 2-1 win to the Pilgrims.
Our second game was against St Albans who fielded a team with an average age 10 years our senior. This didn’t stop them from having some talented and potential club players from running circles around our defence resulting in a goal with 2 minutes to play. However a Pilgrims goal in the last minute would have levelled the game had the referee allowed advantage to play on. An unfortunate loss 1-0 and some polite words to the referee from Jamie Guerin to follow.
With Group B having too many teams, Clifton were moved over to our Group, and our next opposition! We were keen to get another scalp from an old school rival, and looked set to do so with George Mann setting the Pilgrims up nicely with a well scored short corner move. No goals to follow for either team resulting in a big win for us.
Felsted our final game, and a win needed to progress past lunch and into the play offs. They fired right out of the blocks with a 1st minute goal that not even our 6ft 3 keeper Alfie Heath had anyway of getting anywhere near. A fine goal from Alex Pusinelli levelled the score as he snuck it through a tight angle between keepers pad and post, but unfortunately the levelled score was short lived as they continued to dominate up front. Some fine defending from Charlie Carline and Ed Bonnell couldn’t keep them from scoring two goals in the last 6 minutes and sending us packing.
At least we could make the most of a delicious Haileybury lunch and get back in time for the final day of the Ryder Cup. Once again a really super day out and within a week we were signed up for the 2017 Haileybury day.