Ipswich HC 26 - 39 Brentwood HC

On Saturday, 18th January, BHC travelled to Ipswich to play their away match against the local team, Ipswich HC.

Ipswich opened the score on the day, but Philippe soon equalised setting his team off to a fine display of handball and a very entertaining match. Khalid scored Brentwood's second goal putting BHC ahead by 1-2. The first 15 minutes of the match saw a very close score, with Brentwood not able to pull away despite beautiful goals from Fernando, who made his debut for BHC in this match, and also from Khalid and Rob Broad. Brentwood's good play finally broke the tie with goals from Fernando and Ian without reply. The Captain then showed that BHC meant business when he hammered in a goal in a fast break making it 10-13 for Brentwood. From then on, BHC were clearly dominating and kept extending their lead, while Mark contributed by saving almost 50% of the shots at his goal during the first half. The half-time result was 13-20.

Ian opened the score after the break but the opponents started their second half well scoring three goals without reply. The Brentwood players however, were in a determined frame of mind and wonderful goals from Rob Grant, Fernando, Félix, Philippe, Khalid and Ian widened the margin to 21-34. With ten minutes remaining, Ipswich tried hard to cool the Brentwood Fire and managed to score five more goals with Félix closing the score on the day. The final score was 26-39.

After the match, coach Hans-Jörg said: " I'm very pleased that today we saw good understanding amongst the players and some fantastic individual performances. We had a highly motivated team and over quite considerable stretches of time we played a very nice and efficient handball with good ball circulation and swift moves. I wasn't happy with the way we conceded some goals though, especially in the second half, but everyone did very well and it was great to watch."

The team on the day was:
Mark Cory in goal, Etienne Szomonyak, Félix Branchu (7), Fernando Candeias (12), Ian Weir (4), Khalid Amrane (7), Philippe Kouessan-Ettori (6), Rob Broad (1) and Rob Grant (2).