Cambridge HC 31 - 26 Brentwood HC

On Sunday 17th November, BHC travelled to Cambridge to play their first away match of the season.

It was not a good start for Brentwood with Cambridge scoring 3 goals without reply. Félix then opened BHC's score by converting a penalty, quickly followed by a goal from Khalid, but the opponents soon scored two goals in a row putting the result at 5-3. From then on, Cambridge kept an average two-goal lead, despite good offensive play and the determination of Brentwood to draw the score level with nice goals from Etienne, Remy, Rob Grant, Chris Baker and Khalid and even a fantastic goal from Rob Broad on a fast break. The half-time result was 14:12.

Cambridge started the second half like they started the first but Chris Baker quickly restored the two-goal difference. Félix converted yet another penalty in the first ten minutes of the second half and all BHC players fought hard to draw level, playing well and full of fighting spirit. Their individual and team efforts paid off, as Brentwood managed to draw the score level from 23:20 to 23:23 after a goal from Khalid and two from Remy. The result was 24:23 when, for some unexplainable reason, the score was changed to 24:22 and subsequently the match was interrupted for a few minutes. This interruption was a terrible blow for Brentwood, coming as it did at the time when BHC was really strong and yet another coming back towards victory was realistically in sight.

With BHC's rhythm broken, the opponents quickly increased their advantage and there was more bad news to come as the Brentwood's captain got injured. Despite a last effort from Brentwood, time ran out and Chris Baker scored the last goal of the match setting the final score 31:26.

After the match, coach Hans-Jörg said: "I am very disappointed. We could and should have won this match, but today our defence was not working as well as in previous matches. On the positive side, I was pleased with the team's efforts and determination never to give up. We always believed we could come back, but the interruption after we had been subtracted one goal came at the worst possible time for us."

BHC's next match is on Sunday, 23rd November, in the SportHouse against the Essex Blades.

The team on the day was:
Connor Bennet in goal, Chris Baker (4), Etienne Szomonyak (1), Félix Branchu (7), Ian Weir, Khalid Amrane (6), Philippe Kouessan-Ettori, Phil Duffield, Remy Turc (5), Rob Broad (1) and Rob Grant (2).