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The boys went in to the match knowing that a win would secure them a place in the Supra League national finals. Having won 5-2 in a close away Plate match against Hawks, earlier in the season, we knew if would be tight, but felt confident going into the game; warming-up with good intent.
We started the game well, moving the ball nicely and looked the stronger team, but at times (again) carried the ball too much into contact. Having said that Cheltenham opened the scoring with a well-worked open play goal from Henry. We made the most of our chances, including converting a penalty flick, and went into half time 4-0 up. However, the game felt closer than that, and the team discussed the need to start the second half well.
Our slight concern at HT turned into reality when Hawks scored the first goal of the second half. The rest of the second half went well (at times leading to some lovely passing hockey). Despite needing some good saves from GK’s Hugh and Zander on several occasions, Cheltenham converted their opportunities and didn’t concede any more goals, resulting in a strong final score of 8-1; including hat-tricks for both Henry and Will.
On to a second national final!