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Sutton Valence 1 - Tonbridge Black Knights 3

In an absorbing game of hockey, the Black Knights continued their impressive form when they ran out late winners in the lunchtime match at Sutton Valence. Sutton Valence presented a strong and experienced side. They made the early running and had several early half chances before the match settled. When it did settle, the main tactical battle was likely to be in midfield and so it proved. Once again, the Knights were indebted to a very strong display from the midfield players, who should take ultimate responsibility for the final result.

The match was a tight one throughout but Sands-Winsch took his chance well in the first half to give the Knights the advantage. Consistently in good positions, he could have had more goals but it was Valence who scored next, equalising just before half time. Interestingly, both goals were against the run of play when they occurred.

The second half saw a strong start from Valence, who rued missed opportunities and half chances. That they remained half chances was largely down to the ever-impressive midfield, which ultimately wore out their slightly older opposition. As the game moved into the final quarter, the Knights showed both stamina and composure to control the match and their perseverance paid off ten minutes from time when Dyer swept the ball in after a long period of possession. There was enough time for a cameo appearance from Haddaway, whose goal three minutes from time was his first since a major knee operation.

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