Gemini Colts v. The Giants
7 - 3
13th January 2018
The Giants fell to their first defeat since October on their opening outing of the new year on a grey day in Walton. Their prize for an unbeaten run in November and December had been promotion to Group 2 and the Gemini Colts proved tough opposition on their home turf.
The game was closer than the 7-3 score line would suggest but was lost in a four minute spell in the first half when the sleeping Giants conceded four quick fire goals.
The game had started well with robust tackling from both sides and few chances on goal. Eli was commanding in defence snuffing out the Colts forward play and Seb in goal dealt comfortably with the early shots on goal. Up front Louie, Julius and Jake battled hard against a robust Walton defence but were thwarted in the early exchanges. The Colts broke the deadlock with a rasping shot from range to take a 1-0 advantage into the first break.
The second quarter went horribly wrong for the Giants. Heads dropped when the Colts scored a second and this was followed up by a series of clinical strikes from the boys in lime green. By the time the Giants had regrouped they found themselves 5-0 down. Some measure of pride was restored when Josh struck a fine free kick into the far corner of the Walton goal but the Colts quickly restored their five goal advantage only moments later. This brought exasperated looks from the Giants vocal supporters who felt that the referee had missed a clear foul on our last defender who was thrown to the ground in the build up to the goal. The Giants faced an uphill battle, 6-1 down at half-time.
In the second half the boys proved they could compete at the Group 2 level. The Giants started to show the form that had gained them promotion and dominated possession. Josh struck twice more for his hat-trick, a second in two games for the club, to bring the score back to 6-3 at the end of the third quarter. Were the stars aligned to allow an unlikely comeback against Gemini?
The Giants continued to push in the last quarter but excellent work from the Colts goalkeeper prevented any further Teddington goals. The Colts added shine to their victory with a late strike to give a final score of 7-3.
Man of the match: Eli
Reporter: Hu Dano