Brentwood HC 36 - 17 Ipswich HC Match report

Brentwood HC 36 - 17 Ipswich HC

On Sunday 13th October, the BHC men's team played their first match of the season in the East Regional Development League. The opponents were Ipswich HC and the venue was the SportHouse in Barking, Dagenham - BHC's home venue this season.

After their victory over Newham Flames in a friendly match just six days before (27 - 25), Brentwood were confident and fully determined to start the League well. They lived up to their objectives and rewarded their fans with a great match and fine performances of all BHC players on the day.

Chris Baker opened the score setting the team off to a fine display of handball and team spirit. With two goals each from Khalid and Rob Grant, ten minutes into the game BHC was already leading 5-2. A fast break from the visitors saw them reducing their deficit, but Rob Broad extended BHC's lead with a great goal quickly followed by a fast break which resulted in a goal from Philippe, the Captain. In the last ten minutes of the first half Brentwood inflicted a spectacular partial of 6-1 with well placed shots from Rob Broad, Dimitri, Khalid and Philippe, ensuring a comfortable lead for BHC at half-time (17:8).

The second half started like the first one, with a goal from Chris Baker quickly followed by another one from Khalid. Ipswich tried hard to stop the Brentwood Fire, but Connor was outstanding throughout the match and kept making some stunning saves. BHC court players also kept confronting the visitors with fast-paced play, fantastic individual performances and good understanding amongst the players resulting in wonderful goals and lovely moves which were great to watch and delighted the fans who made their way to the SportHouse. Khalid converted two penalties in the second half and he and Rob Grant were BHC's top scorers of the match. They were closely followed by their team mates in a match that saw all players performing extremely well. The final score was 36:17 for Brentwood HC.

After the match, coach Hans-Jörg said: "On court today I saw a highly motivated and disciplined Brentwood Team, full of fire and team spirit - always a winning combination. I am extremely pleased with the performance of all my players in a match that was truly nice to watch and set the level for us to build on throughout the season."

BHC are now looking forward to their next home match on Sunday, 20th October against Cranfield which will take place in the SportHouse with throw-off at 12.00 noon.

The team on the day was:
Connor Bennet in goal, Chris Baker (5), Dimitri Amard (6), Etienne Szomonyak, Khalid Amrane (8), Philippe Kouessan-Ettori (6), Rob Broad (3) and Rob Grant (8).