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SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST 2020
Camden 3s 2 - 17 Buckhurst Hill
Newly-formed Camden 3s invited Buckhurst Hill to Mill Hill Park for a friendly on a sunny Saturday - the first SEMLA match to take place since the 2019-20 season was cancelled in March due to COVID-19.
Following new COVID regulations including no face-offs, the game started with Bucks possession - this would alternate at every stoppage, something that players took some time to get used to.
Bucks started strongly picking up a few early goals courtesy of some bullish shooting from Chris Merritt and two fine cuts from Tom Dacey. Hibban Ali grabbed arguably the best goal of the game, executing a textbook roll dodge to leave two Camden defensemen stranded before finishing deftly in the bottom left.
The first quarter was almost perfect, however a lapse in concentration saw Camden grab a goal straight from the restart when their main shooter found the bottom corner.
A resolute Bucks defence, made up of Paddy Learny-Kiernan and George Faram and joined by part-time pole Pete Bowyer, ensured a shut out in the second quarter as Dacey and Merritt continued to score. Keeper Matt Cheney gobbled up any Camden shots as Bucks tried to dominate possession where possible. 9-1 @ HT.
Camden grabbed a second early on in the 3rd as Bucks started a bit slowly, but were soon extending their lead with a David Wiliams trademark finish Chris Clarkson grabbing two - the first a quite astonishing bit of improvisation as a one-handed pick up was slammed into the back of the net.
Bucks looked a bit fatigued in the final quarter, perhaps understandably given a 5-month hiatus from matches, but the D continued to dominate - the powerful George Faram bursting through many men in green to gather up ground balls.
Captain Newlyn chipped in with his customary back-handed goal, and Williams and Dacey capped off a fine performance as Bucks finished 17-2 winners.
Many thanks to Rob Ingham Clark and Travis Payne for reffing the game, especially in light of new regulations
Tom Dacey - 5
Chris Merritt - 4
Paddy Gilbert - 2
David Williams - 2
Chris Clarkson - 2
Hibban Ali - 1
Dom Newlyn - 1