28 Feb 2013
Hockey Cup

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Reynolds Scores

Close but no cigar

Surrey Cup

Semi final

Charterhouse 2 Cranleigh 3

As winners of their qualifying group Charterhouse met the runners-up from the other group, Cranleigh, but they knew this would be no easy encounter. They had already lost 3-6 to Cranleigh earlier in the season and were fully aware of the potency of their opposition.

Nevertheless, they approached the match in positive fashion and took the lead in the tenth minute through the prolific Harry Coe. Cranleigh were stung into action by this reverse and launched wave after wave of attacks. Charterhouse tackled for their lives and proved very resilient resisting a series of short corners until Euan McDougall was adjudged to have fouled a Cranleigh attacker and a penalty stroke was awarded.

Cranleigh duly equalized and, while Charterhouse were trying to recover from the blow, they scored again. Two goals in a minute might well have been enough to break Charterhouse’s resolve but they gritted their teeth, survived another short corner and had goalkeeper, Pavel Degtiarev, to thank for keeping out another goalbound shot.

Just as Charterhouse were beginning to look like a punch-drunk fighter clinging on till the bell, they found a sucker punch of their own. Cranleigh were playing the ball calmly across their own 16 yard line in no apparent danger when Huw Reynolds pounced. He harassed a defender with a diving tackle and was quickest to his feet slamming the ball home past a surprised goalkeeper. The half-time whistle blew almost immediately and it was Charterhouse who went into the break wit a spring in their step.

They could not match Cranleigh in the second half, however, as their opponents increased the tempo of their play and were almost camped in the Charterhouse half. Degtiarev made a series of good saves, Rory peplow cleared one vicious drag flick off the line and one sensed that it was only a matter of time. When the goal did come it was, sadly, of their own making. A poor clearance from a 16yard hit gave the opposition the ball with the defence out of position and Cranleigh were clinical in their finish before Charterhouse could re-group.

It might have been worse when another Degtiarev save from a short corner struck a defender on the goalline and a penalty stroke was awarded. This time the goalkeeper guessed right and made an excellent save. There looked to be no way back for a beleaguered Charterhouse until, in the dying seconds of the match, Peplow fed Ed Iley in the Cranleigh D but the latter’s shot was well saved and the chance had gone.

3rd/4th Place Play-off

Charterhouse 5 Reed’s 2

An hour later Charterhouse took on Reed’s in the play-off for third place. In these consolation matches it is important to get off to a fast start. Both sides were disappointed after narrow defeats in their semi-finals and it would have been easy to lack intensity.

Reed’s might have been guilty of this in the first half as Charterhouse bombarded them with attack after attack. They scored in almost their first attack when a routine from a short corner went wrong and Rory Peplow improvised and found the net with a good shot. They might have scored again, too, as both Coe and Reynolds created good openings.

Slowly Reed’s lifted their spirits and their game and were threatening to come back into the match when Ashley Beddows fed Reynolds who struck the ball home from the top of the circle. Shortly afterwards, Peplow struck a fierce shot which was well saved but Ed Iley brought the ball back into the circle and slotted home from 15 yards.

With the game seemingly in the bag Charterhouse gave their understudies some much deserved pitch time and the lesser lights did not let the side down. Midway through the half Iley struck again from a neat short corner move and then Coe played a one-two with Beddows to give his side a 5-0 lead.

This score seemed very hard on Reed’s who had played some excellent hockey in what – apart from the score – had been an even match. They were given some consolation with two well taken goals in the last five minutes but it was Charterhouse who ran out the comfortable winners by five goals to two.

After a busy two days the squad will need to recharge their batteries if they are to be ready for the challenge of Tonbridge at the week-end.