St Albans 2 Ipswich 1
Premier A - St Albans 2 Ipswich II 1IPSWICH will feel they should have got something from this EHL Premier A game after a superb performance at St. Albans.
Premier A - St Albans 2 Ipswich II 1
IPSWICH will feel they should have got something from this EHL Premier A game after a superb performance at St. Albans. Every Ipswich player gave everything, especially Shyam Patel and Ben Glading who performed heroically after being called up from the thirds. Ipswich were very solid from the start and everyone joined in and played as a team. The visitors went from strength to strength when they scored a brilliant team goal. James Smith picked up the ball on the half way line, before playing a long ball up to youngster Harry Martin. Martin gave it back to an on sprinting James Smith who darted round a player and offloaded back to Martin, who beat two players with some incredible skill and reverse flicked into the net.
The back four had to withstand a bit of pressure but never looked in any danger and debutant Paul Calver looked like a rock - guiding the defence and midfield. The best two players on the pitch were youngster Max Underwood and the veteran Chris Palmer, who shut everything out whilst demonstrating some top-class passing skills at the back.
With ten minutes left, a disputed short corner was awarded against Palmer who was actually the player upended. From the resulting short corner, St. Albans won a flick which they scored. Then another controversial moment occurred as the umpire disallowed a perfectly good goal for Ipswich. The misery of the journey was complete when Ipswich conceded another short corner 30 seconds from time.