December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Walden captain Matt Wells has set his side a target of scoring 100 goals as the team push for promotion this season.
The attacking young side have had no problem creating chances, but finishing had been a struggle in the opening three games of the campaign prior to Saturday’s well-deserved victory over St Ives.
The performance wasa timely reaction to Wells’ pre-match calls for Walden to regain their composure in front of goal.
“The three points is the most important thing but scoring goals really sends out a message, and also gives the team confidence,” he told the Reporter.
“We play a very attacking style of hockey and I like to think we’re a good team to watch, but it is difficult not to concede in modern-day hockey – the intention is for us to score more.
“I’m aiming for us to score 100 goals this year, which is about five a game, although I’d be happy with 80.”
Walden were well worthy of the victory on Saturday. They were four goals to the good by half time thanks to strikes from Ben Wells, Andy Smith, Tom Kemp and Matt Wells. A fifth goal from David Boyd in the second half all-but sealed the points.
St Ives did put in good a 15-minute shift, and scored twice to reduce the defecit, but Walden regained control for the final 10 minutes and did not give anything away with a solid display.
“We didn’t play any differently from previous weeks [against St Ives] but we did take our chances,” said Wells.
“It was a good performance which has now set the standard. We need to perform like this every week. If we’re serious about winning promotion, we can’t afford not to win our games.”
Walden travel to second-bottom Upminster on Saturday, 1pm start.