With the Men’s Hockey season well and truly underway most of our members enjoyed a well-earned day off this Wednesday. However, there were 2 teams still in action. The 1st XI began their defence of the BUCS North Premier B title at home to Birmingham University 2s. Edinburgh started quickly, going 3-0 up in the first 10 minutes courtesy of strikes from Jack Henderson, Ross Jamieson and Alan Oldham. The visitors managed to steady the ship and rallied to pull themselves back into the game with a goal, however this was quickly cancelled out by fresher Callum White to leave a 4-1 score line at the interval. The second half proceeded in a similar fashion to the first with Edinburgh edging possession and territory. Despite Birmingham remaining dangerous on the counter attack, EUMHC’s sustained pressure eventually told with the first XI getting their 5th and 6th goals in the afternoon to ensure a comfortable ending to the game. This result leaves Edinburgh on top of the pile after the first round of fixtures.
The only other team who were in action were the 5’s whose cup game got off to a blistering start, as they found themselves 5-0 up almost instantly. Rather than being through Calum Webb’s blistering attacking skills the real reason for this goal fest was the lack of an opposition so therefore the game had to be forfeited. Instead an extended half was played, incidentally won 3-0 by EUMHC. Goals included a lovely team goal finished by Sam Angell with Jordan Fitzpatrick scoring a dazzling solo goal. To round off the afternoon, captain Gavin Minty finally converted a penalty flick. Bring on the next round.
– George Simonds