The Men’s Summer League has got off to a great start with Team Cooke taking an early lead in the Premiership and Team Kittrell leading the way in the Championship, although Chapman and Taylor have a game to catch up on, with the winner of that jumping to the top of the table.
With most teams having squads of 8/9 each night it has been great to see so many club members having a run around and hopefully this will continue as the competition goes on!
Team Frenzel got off to a slow start and finally got their first points on the board with a hard-fought win over Team Ecott, thanks to a double from Ross Butler. Team Ecott, who have been hampered by Andy Round not yet being available to play, will be looking to bounce back with a win against unbeaten Team Cooke, who had an entertaining draw with Team Carpenter to keep it tight at the top of the table. Late comer Mike Taylor has made his presence felt with 3 goals in 2 games and will be hoping for more, while Jack Wheaton will just be hoping for Freddy Cooke to keep winning corners. Harry Carpenter has been leading by example scoring several important goals for his team, will be hoping to complete a double over Frenzel to keep the pressure on at the top. Jon Taylor and Adam Farley are providing plenty of energy up top, but Harry will be hoping for more goals from the experienced duo. The summer league has given young players Harry Bannister, Henry Brooks and Jake Anders the opportunity to show they can hold their own and will be hoping to push for a place in the 2XI next season.
Team Kittrell’s tight defence has led to them creeping to the top of the table in the Championship, where they are facing tough competition from Chapman and Taylor. Team Bromham are currently propping up the table and are waiting for Will Barber and Dan Luksan to fire some goals to get them their first win. They have been unlucky not to win a game yet, but will be hoping to beat Chapman this week, and avenge the 5-3 defeat last time out. Henry Carr and Paul Tomlin will be hoping to add to their tallies and keep Chapman in the hunt for top spot. Team Chapman and Taylor have the second half of their game to finish after an injury stopped play – hopefully Luc Smink recovers and is back on the pitch soon. Taylor will be hoping Luc isn’t missing for long as they look to beat Kittrell and return to the top of the league, and will be hoping Adam Champion can keep the free scoring James Nash quiet.
I would like to thank all those who have given up their time to umpire the games, some for the first time, and are learning what an important role it is. Hopefully some of those who have enjoyed umpiring will sign up to one of the online courses to become a qualified umpire.
Men’s Club Captain