Hockey: Bede’s U16s Win Sussex County Cup
On Monday 8 February the Bede’s U16 Hockey team played Seaford in the Sussex Cup final.
With both teams already qualified from the County rounds into the Regional phases of the National competition, it was just left to see who could win the battle to become the Sussex champions.
Bede’s went into the game acutely aware of the two very influential German imports that Seaford had at their disposal, one of which was a penalty corner drag flick specialist and a real threat.
Bede’s settled into the game quicker than their opposition and took an early lead with a neat finish from Tom Gordon. Seaford equalized soon after with a well taken reverse stick shot from one of their German stars. It was Bede’s turn to respond next after a fine solo run from the halfway line from Tommy Trenaman, who blasted the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Two hammer blows were dealt before half time and Bede’s ended up going into the break 3-2 down after 2 penalty corners were expertly flicked home by the influential German set piece expert, and he continued to punish us after Seaford were awarded a penalty stroke which he converted early in the second half.
At 4-2 down Bede’s refused to give in and pressed more aggressively higher up the pitch. Seaford managed to mount a few counter attacks which were ably dealt with by the sturdy defence of Fricker, Green, Steward and Muston, with Sam Leonard in goal growing in confidence as the game progressed.
A penalty corner strike from Captain Lucas Green pulled the score to 4-3 and in the last two minutes he repeated this feat and we finally reached parity with the scoreboard and took the game to penalties.
Bede’s had the momentum now and raced into a 3-1 lead in the penalty competition after Sam Leonard made 2 terrific saves, gaining two attempts to win the game with their last two efforts.
The game had a final twist though as the Seaford keeper kept out both our last two efforts to take the final into sudden death penalties!
Captain Lucas Green took the first stroke and scored and then another heroic save from Sam Leonard against the German set piece specialist to ensure that Bede’s ended up Sussex U16 Champions for 2016.
After playing with intense pride and refusing to give in when 4-2 down, the team now moves on to the Regional finals in March.