Brentwood HC 27 - 27 Cambridge HC

On Saturday, 8th February, BHC played their home match against Cambridge HC. This was the second leg against Cambridge HC and BHC, having lost the away game in Cambridge, were very motivated to do better this time.

It started well with Ian opening the score for Brentwood, but Cambridge soon equalised and took the lead. With the score at 2-3, Khalid netted in the equaliser followed by a goal by Félix. The opponents scored to level at 4-4 but soon Brentwood were leading again with goals by Khalid and Fernando. Despite some beautiful goals much appreciated by the Brentwood bench, BHC were not able to pull away and soon there was a setback for Brentwood when the Captain, Philippe, got injured and had to sit on the bench for the rest of the match. With 10 minutes remaining in the first half the score was level at 9-9. Khalid then converted a penalty putting Brentwood ahead but the lead did not last as Cambridge managed to draw level yet again. The last few minutes of the first half were very intense, with both teams putting in a great effort and scoring great goals. The half-time result was 14-15.

The second half got underway with a goal by Fernando putting the score level at 15-15. The match went on to be a neck-and-neck affair, with both teams fighting really hard trying to pull away. Chris Littlejohn, who rejoined his team for the first time this season, scored a nice goal, and Connor brilliantly saved one penalty, in a half that saw 2-minute suspensions for both sides. Ten minutes before the end, Cambridge HC managed to gain a three-goal lead at 22-25 but BHC had a terrific fight back with goals by Rob Grant, Chris Baker and Khalid. Fernando put his team ahead and Chris Baker extended BHC's lead to 27-25, only to see Cambridge managing to come back in the closing moments of what was a very tight and exciting match throughout. The final score was 27-27.

After the match, coach Hans-Jörg said: "It was a very good handball match between two equally strong teams that gave their all. I am quite happy with my players today - we played at good level, with great and fluid moves and good understanding amongst the players. We are all a bit frustrated though for not bagging in a victory but we achieved the most important today, which was not to lose this match."

The team on the day was:
Connor Bennet in goal, Chris Baker (3), Chris Littlejohn (1), Etienne Szomonyak, Félix Branchu (5), Fernando Candeias (10), Ian Weir (1), Khalid Amrane (6), Philippe Kouessan-Ettori, Rob Broad and Rob Grant (1).