Brooklands MUHC Men’s 1s travelled the 240 miles to Sevenoaks looking for a strong performance and positive result. The 4th minute saw a penalty corner for Brooklands after good work from Dave Flanagan down the left putting the ball onto a foot in the Sevenoaks D. Up stepped Pete Flanagan from the back to place a well-executed flick into the right-hand side of the goal. The start all were looking for.
Sevenoaks then went onto the offensive with several forays into the Brooklands D which were cleared by sound defending and clearances by Turner in goal. It wasn’t a pretty period of play with turnover following turnover with neither team unable to get control on the game.
After a messy passage of play a Sevenoaks forward broke and carried across the D, suddenly fell to the ground under no real pressure, penalty corner awarded. Up stepped Ross who flicked high right to the Brooklands goal which was expertly cleared. Again, both teams tried to put their stamp on the game without much success until a long ball over from back to front to Dave Flanagan who played a 1-2 with Tom Lush to create a 2v1 with the Sevenoaks keeper. Horne was passed the ball in front of the goal but his shot hit the Sevenoaks GK and following rebound put wide by the spinning Flanagan. Late into the first half Brooklands last man was dispossessed in the middle of the 25yrd, the resulting quick break saw Sevenoaks strike the ball into the corner of the goal to make it 1-1.
Brooklands instantly put pressure on and forced a penalty corner which saw the slip-slap-deflect saved on the line. Next, another carry down the left of the D from Flanagan D and pass to the diving Slater saw the ball go just wide of the Sevenoaks goal. A couple of green cards were thrown around both teams which didn’t help the games flow improve. The last play of the half saw a very soft penalty corner given to Sevenoaks after an attempted clearance on the reverse by Danny Campbell went off the back line. Again, up steeped Ross who flicked low and hard to the left. GK Turner saved with his foot and the rebound cleared away from danger by Flanagan.
Brooklands started the second half brightly and won a penalty corner which was run down the no.1 runner. Seconds later another corner was won, this time the low flick was saved by the Sevenoaks Gk.
Both teams probed and tried to build goals without much success with the main talking points being cards for both teams. Another probing run and pass by Flanagan D was cut out by the Sevenoaks GK. A penalty corner was awarded to Sevenoaks following a foul just inside the 25. Another flick but this time to Turner’s right saw a flying save and clear to safety.
Brooklands tried to build a goal to no success with numerous penalty corner shouts not given. A quick break from Sevenoaks left a midfielder through on the Brooklands goal but the shot was saved with Turners left foot away from danger. With less than five minutes to goal the ball was put in the back of the Sevenoaks net by Perrin, unfortunately the whistle went and play taken back for a free hit outside the D. Shortly followed a late chance on the reverse of Dave Flanagan was thwarted as the time moved closer to the end.
With seconds to go, Brooklands had a good position on the pitch to try and create one last chance to score. The ball was turned over and an overhead from the Sevenoaks defender creating a penalty corner on the final whistle. 1-1 the score, full time blown, corner to Sevenoaks, no usual no.1 runners able or on the pitch. After a reshuffle of personnel, the Brooklands penalty corner defence stood firm and cleared the ball to safety.