With a cold morning start and the sight of the huge Brooklands pitch I think most were pining for another lazy morning in front of the Xbox. Brookport, as they seem to have dubbed themselves, shook off the blues a little quicker and were soon at 2-0. It was Hannah that broke through the dazed confusion with a measured pass to Thomas who made it count 2-1. Back at the other end Joe used his long stick well with an excellent check but they picked up the loose ball and made it 3-1. WACS upped the tempo, with Brookport breaking away Thomas chased them full length of the pitch to make a determined challenge. Some good defending and 2 excellent saves in succession from volunteer goalkeeper Ethan. The improvement soon turned into goals - a great pass from Issac on the left and James was in his battling stride pummelling through their defence to make it 3-2. Almost straight from the faceoff and Issac scrapped his way through and made it 3-3.
Despite plenty of end to end play in the second it was Brookport that made their play count and were soon 5-3 up. The WACS movement and passing felt like they should be getting more reward... Issac started a good training ground move beckoning Luca to cut in and played a sharp pass to him, some intelligent play from Sean drew their players out, Jack had a great run downfield but misfired his final pass. At 7-3 WACS lost the ball but Thomas worked hard to win it back and picked out James who mashed his way through their defence to bring the score to 7-4. Brookport fired in one more to close the half 8-4. Half time and WACS spent most of it flipping coins to decide on a new goalie before Hannah unselfishly volunteered.
The second half started well with James really showing his experience producing a magnificently deceptive fake pass that totally threw their defender and he was through to score. The rest of the match however started to ebb away from WACS - maybe it was the cold or the dulled post festive fitness - whilst we got in some good positions the passes seemed to stop, our defence started to look too immobile and we were too reliant on individual bursts. Ethan playing out field was instrumental in the final 2 WACS goals, his excellent running picked out first James and then in the last quarter Issac. Brookport finished the game off at 14-7. A good warm up for the new year - with the less experienced players improving game on game now is the time for them to show some confidence and start shouting for more passes.