County Championships B Division – Nottingham Pool Report

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made it a memorable weekend!

The weekend opened with Hosts Nottinghamshire v. Cornwall.

Long periods of sustained pressure from the hosts along with some stout defending from Cornwall meant the game was scoreless, until Notts’ Jude Chapman forced a scrappy PC over the line just before half time. Cornwall responded early in the second half with an open play goal by Alfie Budge, capitalising on a rare Notts defensive error. Notts finally sealed a 2-1 victory in their opening game when Sam Dixon converted a PC with 5 minutes to go.

The second game of the day saw Wiltshire play Norfolk.

Another evenly balanced game. Norfolk started strongly and took an early lead through Guy Crooks form open play. Norfolk doubled their lead on 17 minutes through Vincent Pertorious. Just before half time Wiltshire’s Matt Janes pulled one back and gave Wiltshire some momentum going in to the break. Two goals around the hour mark, one each for Wiltshire’s Marc Brothers and Tom Morton completed the comeback for a 3-2 win.

The third game of the day saw far travelling Channel Islands take on the Hosts Nottinghamshire.

In what was billed to be the game of the weekend, the Channel Islands started strongly, after their epic journey the morning of the tournament, with a goal by Phil Cuming after just 6 minutes. It wasn’t until early in the second half that Notts’ Sam Dixon pulled the sides level from a Penalty Corner. The Channel Islands regained their lead just 9 minutes later through Sam Dunstan, following another rare Notts defensive error. But two goals in three minutes, Sam Dixon’s second PC conversion and a field goal from Notts’ captain Charlie Brook saw the hosts home 3-2.

The fourth game of the day say Cornwall v. Norfolk

Cornwall were eager to bounce back after their close defeat to the hosts, but two first half goals From Norfolk’s Vincent Pretorious and another two after the break from Norfolk captain Will Edwards and Lee Hoggett saw Norfolk 4-0 victors.

The final game of day one saw Wiltshire take on the Channel Islands

An early goal by the Channel Islands’ Bill Millar put Wiltshire on the back foot and the Channel Islands took advantage with further goals from Peter Millar and captain Tom Millar, before Wiltshire responded though an open play goal from Sam Creedy, however a second by the Channel Islands’ Tom Millar would restore the Channel Islands’ 3 goal advantage shortly before half time. Two more Channel Islands goals in the second half, by Michael James and Tom Millar completing his hat-trick, spurred Wiltshire into a spirited comeback late on, but goals by Paddy Gompels and Jack Gompels we not enough to halt the Channel Islands 6-3 win.

Sun and blue skies welcomed the teams on day 2 at the Nottingham Hockey Centre, a stark contrast to the dull and drizzly weather on day one.

Cornwall v Channel Islands

The Channel Islands again started strongly, two goals in the opening 11 minutes, from Sam Dunstan and Peter Millar saw them take a two-goal lead. Cornwall bounced back level through Jonny Heward and Michael James but a further two goals from Jamie Bolton and Tom Millar saw the Channel Islands regain their two-goal advantage at half time. A spirited fight back saw Cornwall get back within one when Martin Rowe converted a Penalty Corner, before the Channel Islands Sam Dunstan restored their 5-3 advantage at the final whistle.

The second game of Day two saw the hosts, Nottinghamshire, back in action, this time against Norfolk.

Both sides were evenly matched, and it was only a 17th minutes Penalty Stroke, after an accidental foot on the line, converted by Sam Dixon, that separated the sides at half time. After the break, Notts came out all gun firing, and three goals in 4 minutes, Sam Dixon completing his hat-trick and another by Chris Powell, put Norfolk on the defensive. Two further goals, from Notts’ Charlie brook and Jude Chapman would seal the victory 6-0.

Game 3 of day two saw Wiltshire take on Cornwall. A win was vital for Wiltshire in order to stay in the running for a final’s day qualification place.

However, it was Cornwall that started strongly, determined to make the long journey worthwhile, they took a two-goal lead through Martin Rowe and Mark Symons inside 11 minutes. Wiltshire pulled one back almost immediately through Ben Clarke and so it would stay until the 63rd minutes when Wiltshire equalised through Jack Gompels. A nervy last 7 minutes for Cornwall as Wiltshire piled on the pressure, but they held out for a 2-2 draw.

The penultimate game of the weekend saw Norfolk take on the Channel Islands. A win for Norfolk could see them Challenge the Channel Islands for a finals place.

The game was extremely tight. Very few errors made by either side and it took 30 minutes for the Channel Islands captain, Tom Millar, to break the deadlock. Norfolk looked for a response and threw everything forward, but a goal 8 minutes from time by Channel Islands’ Sam Dunstan sealed a 2-0 win and the mathematical possibility of finishing the group top, should Notts falter in the last game of the weekend.

And so to the final game of two cracking days of hockey, played both on and off the pitch in the greatest of competitive and social spirits, Wiltshire v hosts Nottinghamshire. With Nottinghamshire looking for their first 100% record for many years.

Notts started strongly and there was no reply possible by Wiltshire. Notts’ skipper, Charlie Brook, put them ahead on just 4 minutes, followed by Jude Chapman on 10. Sam Dixon converted a Penalty Corner on 19 minutes and Notts went into half time three-up. With tiredness setting in, Wiltshire had no reply to further goals from Chris Powell and Alex Davies and Jude Chapman completing a great personal weekend with his hat-trick and Notts running out 7-0 winners.

Final Table

Nottinghamshire P4, W4, D0, L0, GD+15, P12
Channel Islands P4, W3, D0, L1, GD+6, P9
Wiltshire P4, W1, D1, L2, GD-9, P4
Norfolk P4, W1, D0, L3, GD-5, P3
Cornwall P4, W0, D1, L3, GD-7, P1

Squad 2019
Nottinghamshire Squad 2019
Back Row – Matt Orridge (Coach), Jason Ward, Ryan Day, Henry Godkin, Jude Chapman, Alex Whitt, Neill Slane, James Fisher, Ali Lewis, Gareth Parr (Manager)
Front Row – Ben Docherty, Ken Gainsford, Alex Davies, Josh Singleton, Charlie Brook (Captain), Sam Dixon, Chris Powell, Josh Dixon, Manny Soar (ass. coach), Jack Howard

County Championships B Division Preliminary Tournament 2017

It was damp and dreary conditions that welcomed Nottinghamshire and Cornwall as they started off the 2017 B division pool hosted at the Nottingham Hockey Centre.

With the pitch proving quite slippery due to the weather and several players loosing their footing early on, it was Cornwall who started the better, and Ben Eddy put them ahead after only 4 minutes. Nottinghamshire gradually found their feet and, shortly after the break, Sam Dixon pulled them level with a trademark drag flick PC finish.

Chris Burton foils an early Cornwall PC

Cornwall replied and retook the lead when Josh Pearce finishing from free play, before Nottinghamshire completed the scoring when Charlie Brook deflected in from another well worked Nottinghamshire PC and the game ended 2-2.

The second game of the day saw Derbyshire, newly promoted from the C Division, take on Northumberland, a side relegated from A Division. Derbyshire stormed into the lead within the first minute when Chris Beastall finished nicely, before Northumberland got into their stride. Guy Draper doubled Derbyshire’s lead just 10 minutes later. Northumberland finally started to pull together and got a goal back, through Jonathan Stoddard, just before half-time. The second half was a cagey affair. Both side defended well and stifled any free flowing attacking play. Final score 2-1 to Derbyshire.

Ryan Day scores a thunderous reverse stick goal v. Herefordshire

Game 3 saw Herefordshire face Nottinghamshire. The sides have met several times before in the County Championships and the end result here was no different to their recent meetings. Eight goals, including a hat-trick from Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day plus one a piece for Alex Davies, Manny Soar, Charlie Brook, David Ebbage and skipper Adam Innocent was more than enough to counter the Herefordshire goals by Andy Rogers, Stuart Goddarzi, Hary Ellis and Nicko Evans.

Game 4 saw Cornwall take on Northumberland. It was all evenly balanced before a rush of blood by Northumberland’s goalkeeper, Jordan Thompson, saw him take out a Cornwall forward illegally, give away a Penalty Stroke and receive a 10 minute yellow card on 12 minutes. This put Cornwall in control. Josh Pearce converted the stroke and, with Northumberland without a goalkeeper on the bench and forced into to playing with a ‘kicking back’, found themselves 3 down, with further goals from Dom Proctor and Cuthbert Sheppard. Northumberland did pull one back when Andrew Hayes converted a penalty corner, but Cornwall replied to regain their 3 goal lead through Sam Dunston before Thompson returned. Northumberland pulled to within two, right on the stroke of half time through Ritchie Brown and set up a nervous second half, especially when Chris Traynor scored for Northumberland to make to 4-3. A nervous 28 minutes later Cornwall were relieved to hear the final whistle with no further goals.

The final game of day 1 saw Derbyshire take on Herefordshire. Derbyshire were looking to finish the day on maximum points and Herefordshire were looking to consolidate after their earlier loss to the hosts. Herefordshire defended stoutly and it wasn’t until 33 minutes that Derbyshire finally broke them down when their skipper, Ashley Blakemore, converted from a penalty corner. The second half followed much the same vein and Herefordshire could provide no response to further goals by Derbyshire’s Joe Fell and Chris Beastall at the end of day one.

The weather on day two couldn’t have been more different than day one. Clear blue skies and bright sun welcomed the counties as they arrived at the host venue.

Cornwall and Herefordshire kicked off proceeding and Herefordshire found Cornwall too strong, providing no reply to a brace from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston and one a piece for Nic Stanlake, Henry Lewis and Cuthbert Shepherd.

Nottinghamshire’s Freddie Sail has no hope of stopping Northumberland’s Chris Traynor’s early Penalty Stroke

Game two saw hosts Nottinghamshire face Northumberland. The last time these two sides met it resulted in a 4-4 draw on a dreary day in Durham. However, on this glorious day Nottinghamshire were slow out of the blocks and Northumberland quickly took control. 3 up in 12 minutes through a Penalty stroke, converted by Chris Traynor, before adding his second and another from James Talbot. Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day pulled one back just before half-time and Lukasz Urbaniak made Nottinghamshire’s defecit one, just after. However, two further goals form Northumberland’s captain, James Redpath, and with Chris Traynor completing his hat-trick, the game was safe despite Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook scoring a late consolidation goal.

In the third game table topping Derbyshire faced Cornwall. A close first half saw Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall get the only goal, before 3 goals in six minutes, from Jacob Foster, Adam Foster and Ben Everett-Li put the game beyond Cornwall. They didn’t give up however, and goals form Martin Rowe and Cuthbert Shepherd pulled it back to 4-2 before Derbyshire’s Adam Foster scored his second to make to 5-2 to Derbyshire. A late consolidation from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston would prove invaluable later in the day.

Two unanswered first half goals from Northumberland’s Andrew Hayes and James Redpath saw them take a 2-0 lead at half time in their last game of the weekend against Herefordshire. Two further goals in the second, from Andrew Titmus and James Talbot were more than enough bearing in mind that Hereford’s only goal came from Harry Ellis.

Nottinghamhire’s Josh Dent limits Derbyshire’s options from a side line ball

The weekend ended with what all the local spectators had been waiting for. A local derby game as Derbyshire took on Nottinghamshire. Cornwall’s results earlier in the day meant that Nottinghamshire needed to win by 2 clear goals in order to qualify for Finals day. Derbyshire had already secured their place. But, local rivalry meant that only a win for either side would do. Notts gained the upper hand on 6 minutes when Ryan Day increased his tally for the weekend with an excellent penalty corner finish. The close proximity of the counties meant that both sides’ players knew each other extremely well, many playing for the same clubs, and it may have been brought to bear when a crunching challenge by Nottinghamshire goalkeeper, Chris Burton, saw Derbyshire awarded a penalty stroke just 60 seconds later. This was calmly converted by Derbyshire’s Adam Foster. Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook restored Nottinghamshire lead on 13 minutes, only for Adam Foster to pull Derbyshire level again on 20 minutes. Derbyshire led for the first time on 26 minutes through Guy Draper, before Nottinghamshire pegged them back to 3-3 when Sam Dixon scored from a penalty corner. 2 goals in a minute from Derbyshire’s Dan Molloy and Guy Draper extended their lead to 2, before Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook’s penalty corner deflection saw the hosts only trailing by one at half-time. Nottinghamshire’s captain, Adam Innocent, scored early on in the second half to bring the sides level before they took the lead again through Ryan Day. Two goals from Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall saw them regain the lead before Notts captain again pulled the sides level. In the last 10 minutes Nottinghamshire piled on the pressure, but some good saves from Derbyshire’s goalkeeper, Rich Harman, kept the score at 7-7. An over-time penalty corner by Sam Dixon hit a Derbyshire foot for a repeat as Dixon went off in agony having taken a stray stick to his hand. The subsequent and final penalty corner of the game was saved by Harman to keep the score 7-7!

So Derbyshire and Cornwall qualify for finals day after an exciting and thrilling two days of hockey.

Nottinghamshire 2017 Back Row: Amo Soar (Head Coach); Ali Lewis; Josh Dixon; Alex Davies; Ryan Day; Tom Palframan; David Ebbage; Alex Whitt; Chris Burton; Freddie Sail;Sam Dixon; James Hewitt (Assistant Coach) Front row: Ben Docherty; Adam Innocent (Captain); Luke Davies; Lukasz Urbaniak; Charlie Brook; Manny Soar; Josh Dent


Club Not Selected Selected
Beeston HC 4
Belper HC* 2 4
Boots HC 9
Mansfield HC
Newark HC 1 1
North Notts HC 1
Nottingham HC 1
Nottingham Players HC 1
Nottingham Trent University
Sikh Union (Nottingham) HC 1
South Nottingham
Teddington HC* 1
University of Nottingham
West Bridgford HC 1 2
Worksop (Men) HC

* As well as county club players, those players living, born or studying in the county also qualify to play

Goal Scorers

Penalty Corner Field Goal Total
Ryan Day 3 3 6
Charlie Brook 2 3 5
Adam Innocent © 3 3
Sam Dixon 2 2
Alex Davies 1 1
Manny Soar 1 1
David Ebbage 1 1
Lukasz Urbaniak 1 1

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 8

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 8 Week 8 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 23rd August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Bees v Boots Syd Baylis Trophy T Lawrie / C Wakefield S Widdison
7:00pm – 8:15pm Melton v Loughborough Town Syd Baylis Trophy C Griffiths / R Kirk D Straker
8:30pm – 10:00pm Derwent v West Bridgford Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / P Walker S Widdison
Thursday Thursday 25th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Nottingham v Derby Arthur Sandford Cup B Humphries / J Carter A Barnes
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Swarm v Mansfield Arthur Sandford Cup  M Gamlyn / D Straker A Bird
8:30pm – 10:00pm Nottingham Players v Burton Arthur Sandford Cup R Greasby / J Wakeland A Barnes

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 6

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 6 Week 6 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 9th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Bees v Derwent Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / M Gamlyn A  Bird
7:00pm – 8:15pm West Bridgford v Melton Syd Baylis Trophy C Griffiths / J Carter R Kirk
8:30pm – 10:00pm Loughborough Town v Boots Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes / B Friskney
Thursday Thursday 11th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Derby v Burton Arthur Sandford Cup B Humphries / B Workman S Widdison
7:00pm – 8:15pm Nottingham Players v North Notts Arthur Sandford Cup  T Lawrie / J Wakeland A Barnes
8:30pm – 10:00pm Nottingham v Mansfield Arthur Sandford Cup A Barnes / J Wakeland

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 5

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 5 Week 5 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 2nd August
7:00pm – 8:15pm West Bridgford v Beeston Bees Syd Baylis Trophy T Lawrie  / C Wakefield P Leigh
7:00pm – 8:15pm Derwent v Loughborough Town Syd Baylis Trophy J Wakeland  / J Carter R Kirk / A Bird
8:30pm – 10:00pm Melton v Boots Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes / A Barnes
Thursday Thursday 4th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Swarm v Nottingham Players Arthur Sandford Cup B Humphries  / S Widdison res J Wakeland
7:00pm – 8:15pm Mansfield v Derby Arthur Sandford Cup B Workman  / A Barnes res. P Walker
8:30pm – 10:00pm North Notts v Nottingham Arthur Sandford Cup R Greasby  / M Gardner * S Widdison assessor*

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 4

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
  Week 4   Week 4 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 26th July
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Bees v Loughborough Town Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / C Griffiths
7:00pm – 8:15pm Boots v West Bridgford Syd Baylis Trophy R Greasby  / C Wakefield
8:30pm – 10:00pm Melton v Derwent Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes  / M Gamlyn
Thursday Thursday 28th July
7:00pm – 8:15pm Mansfield v Burton Arthur Sandford Cup W Humphries  / J Wakeland A Bird
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Swarm v Nottingham Arthur Sandford Cup J Carter / M Gamlyn
8:30pm – 10:00pm North Notts v Derby Arthur Sandford Cup own umpires

Boots HC Mixed 7s Tournament

When : Sat 22 August
At : Ladybay Ground, West Bridgford, Nottingham
Start : 10am
Cost : £80 per squad of up to ten. ( 3 men 3 ladies and a GK on pitch at any time)

Bar open all day – and other refreshments
Hope to have Eurohockey on big screen in clubhouse too
Team will be expected to provide an umpire

Tournament organiser Lynne Morgan : 0115 965 4745/07801 011 320

Watch out for the invite in your inbox soon!