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Simon Anderson: “Chelmsford were the best team we have faced this season”

12th November 2019    News

After a tough weekend for the Stars, Simon Anderson felt that Chelmsford provided the toughest test the Stars have dealt with so far this season.

Away at Solent, the Stars conceded early only to pull back three goals from Mike Whillock, Olly Shone and Josh Florey. However 4 unanswered goals from the Devils proved too much. Josh Oliver proved only to be a late consolation in Gosport.

Oxpens then hosted the Chelmsford Chieftains. The visitors took a 5-1 lead into the second with Whillock having the only joy in front of goal in that time. David Manning was given a match penalty for high-sticking and the Stars almost rode out the 5-minute power play but conceeded with one minute left.

Darren Elliott, who was back in the squad as cover, scored in the third period but Chelmsford responded with two more goals within 70 seconds of play. Josh Oliver and Joe Edwards hit back for the Stars but a final flourish from the Chieftains finished the game 8-4.

Simon Anderson said:

“I thought we put in two excellent performances at the weekend and it was extremely disappointing that we have nothing to show for our efforts. This is how cruel hockey can be sometimes and we just have to keep working hard and I believe we will get our rewards.

“At Solent, we changed our system and went to a more aggressive style and I thought it suited us in that rink and took Solent out of their comfort zone. I think we recovered very well after conceding an early goal our play fully deserved the 1-3 lead we had.

“Unfortunately a bad start in the third period really cost us. We allowed Solent to gain the lead, which they never gave up.
We have to learn to be more prepared and get going right off the bat. This is a tough league and you do get punished when you make mistakes.

On Sunday, I thought Chelmsford were the best team we have faced this season.We played well again but Chelmsford were very clinical and gave us a lesson in how to put a team away when you have them in that position. The system and work ethic from the guys was great again but every time we scored we seemed to let Chelmsford back in again. It’s something that we need to work out moving forward and we have to stop the silly mistakes and gifting teams goals. We have to make teams work for everything they get. We had an honest collective conversation after the game where everyone had a say and it proved to me that everyone cares and will keep putting in the hard work to turn those defeats into wins.”

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