On Tuesday 20th June 2017, BC Underwriting and Bennett Christmas took a strong team to play in the CII South East Region 5-a-side tournament at Goals Beckenham.
We arrived confident after winning the same tournament last year and with a couple of new additions we felt we had a good chance of repeating that feat. First up was RSA. We started fast and got an early goal to settle the nerves through a Gilbert strike. It was the same man again who soon after added his second. After making a couple of substitutions to shut up shop, a keeper error handed us a penalty which Gilbert took with aplomb to take the match ball home. The game finished 3-0 and any nerves had been put to bed.
On to our second game against Travel Insurance Facilities. It’s fair to say we were strong favourites for this game as we were the team to beat. It was another fast start and after a couple of reflex saves from the opposing keeper, it was that guy Gilbert again who found the breakthrough with a tidy finish. We then got another penalty after good work from Simmons who then tucked away his first penalty of the tournament. It was Hartley’s turn to get in on the act as he fired in from close range. The scoring was rounded off with Gilbert getting his second of the game. Final score finished 4-0 with another solid and professional performance.
It was another long wait until our next game against Avantia, and you would have thought we might have taken our feet off the gas. Absolutely not, as Hartley fired in a brace and workhorse Spinks joining the party with a sublime finish. (more…)