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Report of game played on Wednesday 14th August 2013

S/F Team (Match Report by Taran Singh)
Barford AFS 4 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Taran Singh, Chris Jones, Ajay Sandhu

In an 'End of Summer' Friendly arranged by Captain Surj Takhar, Kingswinford showed promises of a very good new forthcoming season. Kingswinford fielded a mix and match team with a number of young 1st teamer’s present. The first 20 minutes were spent camped in Barford’s half, however an experienced Barford team were able to soak up the pressure and hit K’ford with a sucker punch through a prompt counter attack via their star players Jag Soor and Amarjeet Degun. The second half saw K’ford up the pressure and an excellent move saw K’ford midfielder AJ Sandhu lay the ball off to Takhar who squared for Taran Singh to slot home. This was followed by an excellent K’ford team goal, when Adam Pritchard crossed to Kaz Purewal who in-turn spun the ball onto Takhar. The forward laid an excellent weighted pass to guest player Chris Jones to score the goal of the match via a powerful hit from D Top. 2-1 Down Barford were sparked into action and their veteran ex-Kenya international Sucha Singh showed a master class and scored a breath-taking hat-trick to make it 4-2 to Barford. There was a very late goal for K’ford by AJ Sandhu to make the final score 4-3 to Barford. Barford captain Jag Soor said "that was a very enjoyable match and I thank the K’ford guys. It was a very good finish to an excellent summer and I hope the younger players learn from the Hockey played today and the excellent social afterwards". K’ford Captain Surjit Takhar added "Brilliant finish to the Summer League. I thank all the players who have played for me this summer and the Barford lads today. I have to say it is the end of excellent era. Good luck to everyone for the forthcoming season!". Man of the Match Kam Maan.

Report of game played on Wednesday 31st July 2013

S/F Team (Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 3 - 3 Wake Green Panthers
Goal scorers: Sam George (2), Cole Hickman

In an exciting Summer Friendly K’ford entertained a touring Wake Green Panthers team from central Birmingham. Wake Green who in seasons past were crowned Mercian Summer League Champions, found themselves 4 players short and to even things up K’ford loaned them Glenn Dunn, Gary Oates, Lubby Ram, Surjit Takhar. With stand-in captain Julian Turner trying a new formation Kford looked the fresher team in the opening stages and with Cole Hickman dominant in midfield K’ford were able to score a fantastic team goal through a Hickman, Kaz Purewal & Adam Pritchard combination with Sam George touching home the cross to make it 1-0. Panthers responded immediately through a powerful Takhar strike which left Goal Keeper Tim Sanders with no chance. Kingswinford pressed for the 2nd goal and were denied through some great saves by Glenn Dunn. When Sam George did score, he was judged as fouling the Defender and hence the goal did not stand. Early in the second half K’ford took the lead when Hickman scored a reverse stick goal. However, again Wake Green came back and this time Gary Oates flicked home a superb goal. Ten minutes before full time K’ford found themselves 3-2 down. Full Backs Kuli Toora & Kuldip Randhawa both stopped when mistakenly hearing the whistle from the football pitch as their own. However, Takhar carried on and ran into the K’ford 'D' and smashed home another powerful strike. Kingswinford then pressed for the equaliser and with Panthers ex-national league player Jag Soor tiring, K’ford were able to press high up the pitch. Some great play by veteran Richard Turner allowed K’ford to attack down the right and a shot crossed by Adam was touched home by Sam George to make the score line 3-3! Members from both team then enjoyed a fantastic social gathering at the K’ford Club House - Britannia Inn. Wake Green Captain, Indy Baddhan added " This was great to play and be involved in. The hospitality of Kingswinford HC is second to none and I hope we can have this fixture next summer too. Also thanks to the K’ford lads who helped us out today, they were brilliant". Julian Turner added "A great game to be involved in. All the goals were scored by Kingswinford players which shows that these players are sharp and raring to go come September. A big thank you to our Sponsor the Britannia Inn for the food and service we got".
Man of Match Kaz Purewal who set up some great moves using the younger players around him.

Report of game played on Wednesday 24th July 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Surjit Takhar)
Kingswinford 1 - 3 Walsall
Goal scorer: Surj Takhar

Kingswinford captained by Tim Sanders today and welcomed back midfield maestros Julian Turner and Sonny Matharu for the visit of high flying Walsall HC. A sun soaked Dell Stadium pitch witnessed some fantastic Hockey and Kingswinford were dominant in the early exchanges. Adam Pritchard burst through on two occasions and was unlucky not to get a shot through on the Walsall goal. On 15 minutes Surj Takhar broke the deadlock with a trademark goal. Takhar twisted the last defender and unleashed a powerful strike in the far corner of the Walsall goal. Walsall increased the pressure on the home team’s goal but were met by a resilient defence of Tim Sanders and Richard Brown. When Brown and Sanders were beaten, Goal Keeper Glenn Dunn was on hand to make some outstanding saves to deny the visitors. It was an unlucky move that led to Walsall's goal just before the stroke of half time. A powerful deflected hit into the 'D' wrong footing the K’ford players and allowing the Walsall striker to slot home from 'D' Top. The second half started at a frantic pace with both sides seeking to take the upper hand. Chances were created by both teams and good defending prevented any further goals until the last 15 minutes of the game. A well worked move by Walsall down the right hand side allowed a cross to find its way through to the left winger, who fired a powerful shot at goal. K’ford left half, Billy Sandhu bravely dived into the ball’s path and was unlucky as it deflected off his stick onto his body resulting in a penalty flick. Despite diving the right way, Dunn was unable to stop the penalty flick. At 2-1 down K’ford pushed for an equaliser. Young Taran Singh and Sam George injected pace and power into the K’ford attacks but K’ford were unlucky not to find a way through the visitors defence. Just before the stroke of full time, Takhar used his stick work skills to get into the Walsall 'D' and roll the ball onto a defender's foot but play carried on with Walsall launching a rapid counter attack to make it final score 3-1 to them.
Man of Match Glenn Dunn - Outstanding saves. Chairman Julian Turner commented "I'd like to thank all the players that played throughout the summer and I'd like to thank the Captains for organising the teams. We have played some very strong teams and been a credit to yourselves. Well Done everybody. We have some Friendlies coming up and then the hard work of pre-season will begin. Meanwhile enjoy your brief summer breaks."

Report of game played on Wednesday 17th July 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Billy Sandhu)
Sutton Misfits 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Sam George

Kingswinford suffered defeat again in their penultimate game of the 2013 Summer League. However, K’ford put up a valiant effort and were really unlucky not to have won this fixture. K’ford were camped in the Sutton half early doors but could not find a way through a tight defence. K’ford's Achilles heel was exposed again when a quick Sutton counter attack resulted in a goal. The rest of the match saw Kingswinford push for an equaliser. Captain Surj Takhar fired a bullet of a hit inches wide of the Sutton right post and even the usually quick Rich Turner was unable to get there in time to deflect it in! K’ford's break through came 20 minutes into second half when Gary Oates broke down the right and crossed for young Sam George to tap home. At 1-1 it was game on, but an error in defence led to K’ford conceding a silly goal and Sutton claiming all 3 points. Senior Pro Kaz Purewal commented "It has been a hot summer both on and off the pitch this year. We have played some really strong teams and we should be proud of our performances. A special mention goes to our senior vets Rich Turner and Kuldip Randhawa, both are around the 60 year age mark and both competed really well with players a third of their age today. Also I'd personally like to thank the Captain who has done a sterling job this summer making sure we have a full squad of players, an umpire, picking and dropping players off and most importantly cold refreshments for this hot weather! He had a very good game today and I thought he had scored when tried an outrageous reverse stick chip, but was an inch off the mark. I've seen him score a few of those in summers past!"
Man of the Match award goes to Tim Sanders who had an outstanding game in defence.

Report of game played on Thursday 11th July 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Hari Singh)
Chase Park (Cannock) 4 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Taran Singh

Kingswinford with eight regular players missing fielded a new look team with some players who don't play summer hockey helping out as a favour to captain Surj Takhar. The match started at a frantic pace which could not last during this 'heat wave' summer week. Takhar laid off the ball to Rich Turner who skipped past the last defender to set-up a tap-in for young Taran Singh. This goal gave K’ford confidence and they attacked with energy for the next ten minutes. However, a great save and some poor finishing ensured the score remained only 1-0 to K’ford. With Cannock more suited and experienced to their water based bumpy pitch, they settled better towards the end of the first half and grabbed a much deserved equaliser after an error in the K’ford midfield. The second half saw a change in formation for K’ford, but before this could have an impact on the match Cannock were two more goals to the good after errors in defence. There were positives and K’ford had numerous chances to score goals. On one such occasion Veteran Kuldip Randhawa played the pass of the match putting Takhar 1 on 1 with the Cannock keeper. However, the experienced K’ford forward fired his shot straight at the Keeper. Cannock added a 4th goal at the stroke of full time. The skipper commented "I had most of my squad pull out of this match and had to make many calls to get a team and umpire out. It's just a pity our energy and hard work from the first half went to waste due to five minutes of silly mistakes at the start of the second half!".
Man of the match was a close call between Parj Sangha, Richard Turner and Kaz Purewal. Purewal wins it due to his best performance of the summer during the 1st 20 minute period of the match.

Report of game played on Wednesday 3rd July 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Sonny Matharu)
Kingswinford 1 - 4 Wednesbury
Goal scorer: Kaza Purewal

Most of this Summer League K’ford have been starting very badly and then chasing the game. It was the same here and two mistakes on the left side of defence/midfield led Wednesbury to penetrate the K’ford D, scoring one goal from open play and one from a well worked short corner. K’ford had two chances to equalise, with young Guneet Uppal missing a glaring chance and Taran Singh blasting his shot straight at the Wednesbury Goal Keeper. Just before the stroke of half time, Wednesbury added two more goals. The K’ford skipper asked the team to play with pride and passion and the 2nd half was a better performance in patches. Wednesbury were kept out with some brilliant tackles by Richard Brown and some good saves by Glenn Dunn. The positives from the match involved three attacking moves from K’ford involving rapid play, with Adam Pritchard playing some neat 1-2's with Guneet Uppal and Uppals cross finding Kaz Purewal in the Wednesbury D. Purewal slotted home the first chance. The second chance was well saved by the Wednesbury Keeper. Gary Oates summarised "We really need to start concentrating more as a team. I played some good balls to our players which they were not ready for! At this level that is the difference between winning and losing, especially as most of the teams we are playing are fielding strong squads!”. Man of Match: Richard Brown.

Report of game played on Thursday 27th June 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Dave Williams)
Wolverhampton Khalsa 12 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Surjit Takhar (3), Gary Oates (2)

A very entertaining match where Kingswinford played some excellent hockey against Staffordshire Summer League Table toppers Wolves Khalsa. Wolves were fielding their National League Player and K’ford were able to hold their own with their illustrious opponents. After an encouraging team talk by Takhar, the Skipper led by example and opened the scoring on five minutes. Khalsa replied immediately to make it 1-1. Gary Oates then drag flicked to make it 2-1. At half time it was 5-3 to Khalsa, with Takhar having scored a stunning solo goal. The second half saw K’ford tire and Khalsa star performers Harry Jawanda, AJ Sandhu & P Samra up the pace of the game. The Final Score was 12 - 5 to Khalsa, with Oates and Takhar scoring one goal each in the 2nd half. Man of the Match was a close call between Glenn Dunn and Adam Pritchard. However, Goal Keeper Dunn wins it narrowly. Tim Sanders who had an excellent match outfield added "That was a good account of ourselves against a very good team. If we play with this tempo and commitment for the rest of the summer we will have some close games and hopefully some wins!".

Report of game played on Saturday 22nd June 2013

Mixed Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 2 - 2 Old Halesonians
Goal scorers: Tim Sanders, Sophie Tibbetts

Report of game played on Wednesday 19th June 2013

Club Match (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford (Blue) 10 - 7 Kingswinford (White)

Report of game played on Monday 17th June 2013

S/L Team (No Match Report yet)
Walsall 12 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of game played on Wednesday 12th June 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Taran Singh)
Kingswinford 2 - 3 Sutton Misfits
Goal scorers: Surjit Takhar, Gary Oates

After a stern team talk by the Captain, K'ford started brightly out the blocks. With a couple of players pulling out last minute K'ford were down to a bear 11 squad. Center Forward Gary Oates had some early good touches but was unable to beat the last Sutton defender. It was the visitors who scored after an error in Midfield allowed Sutton to attack in numbers. The Ball was crossed from the right for the Sutton Center Forward to slot home from three yards out. Just before half time, K'ford equalised when Takhar
sublimely dribbled past the last defender and goal keeper and slotted home into an empty net. The start of the 2nd half saw K'ford press with determination and midfielder Adam Pritchard was exceptional in attacking and defending for K'ford. Full Backs Richard Brown and Dulla Sandhu made some brilliant tackles and when they were beat, Glenn Dunn in goals was on hand to stop Sutton. However, the immense pressure from Sutton eventually paid off with the Misfits grabbing two break away goals. For the last ten minutes of the game K'ford were camped in the Sutton Half. Gary Oates took three corners and on his last attempt scored an excellent drag flick to make it 3-2 to the visitors with five minutes left. Despite a desperate lunge by K'ford, with the last ditch effort being epitomised by Kaz Purewals brave challenge resulting with an injury to his fore head, K'ford were unable to find the break through. Man of the Match was a close call between Brown, Dunn, Takhar but Adam Pritchard wins it due to his hard running and tackling.

Report of game played on Saturday 8th June 2013

Mixed Team (No Match Report yet)
Barford Tigers 5 - 8 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: ?

Report of game played on Wednesday 5th June 2013

S/L Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 4 Chase Park (Cannock)
Goal scorer: Gary Oates

Report of game played on Wednesday 29th May 2013

Club Match (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford (Blue) 10 - 7 Kingswinford (White)

Report of game played on Tuesday 21st May 2013

S/L Team (No Match Report yet)
Wednesbury 12 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Kamaljit Singh, Sam George, Oliver Dhaliway

Report of game played on Wednesday 15th May 2013

S/L Team (Match Report by Billy Sandhu)
Kingswinford 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Khalsa
Goal Scorer: Gary Oates (2)

With many Kingswinford players migrating to the Wolves Khalsa team again for Summer, K’ford were facing an opposition they knew all about and vice versa. With a few late arrivals, which the team have agreed will not happen again, Kings finally took to the field in a new and dynamic formation. New Players Oliver Dallaway and Garanjit Singh fitted in really well and the early pressure by Wolves was dealt with by the defence and midfield. Ten minutes into the match K’ford got a foothold in the game and an early chance by Sarj Takhar was fired wide after he was neatly set-up by Adam Pritchard. A beautifully worked short corner by Khalsa allowed Legend Billy Jawanda to open his Summer account. K’ford replied through their own short corner routine when Gary Oates dribbled into the D and flicked home to make it 1-1. The second half saw the opposition start the better team, despite a half time talk to keep it tight,. the Khalsa forward was able to get the slightest of touches onto the ball despite being tightly marked by Kuli Toora. Within 10 minutes K’ford responded when they won themselves a penalty flick. Gary Oates stepped up to take the stroke against a National League Keeper and beautifully flicked high into the roof of the net. At 2-2, many chances fell to both sides, but it was Wolverhampton Khalsa who eventually found the break through to win 3-2 ! In a highly entertaining match, young Adam Pritchard stood out as man of the match. His endless running and tracking was a lesson to the rest of the team. Next week with a very huge squad, the captain is hoping all players can reach their maximum performance levels against old foes Wednesbury HC.

Report of game played on Saturday 20th April 2013

All Teams (Only five players turned up!)
Pre-AGM Club Match

Report of games played on Saturday 13th April 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 10 - 5 Sandwell Vikings
Goal Scorers (Kingswinford): Guneet Uppal (4), Cole Hickman (2), Gary Oates (2), Kam Maan, Sam George
Goal Scorers (Sandwell Vikings): Harry Jawanda (3), Sarj Takhar, Jordan Webb

A friendly at Kingswinford hockey club took place this weekend as a post-season wind down for the Club. Kings captained by Cole Hickman were made up of some of the younger first teamers and a few players borrowed from other teams within the Club. Sandwell organised by Surjit Takhar comprised of some of the veteran first and second teamers, with a few guest players including Cannock 1st teamer Harry Jawanda and upcoming Badgers player Jordan Webb.
Kings (technically the home side, playing in blue) started well and broke the deadlock early through Cole Hickman who was presented a golden opportunity from Gary Oates. Sandwell (in white) were quick to equalise through a clinical drag flick from Harry Jawanda. Kings were next to strike gold, retaining their lead through Guneet Uppal who combined well with Sam George and Oates numerous times in the match to create goals. Kings extended their lead twice more before the break with Hickman adding another and Uppal meeting a perfectly placed aerial from Bal Lally and finishing a fantastic touch to place it through the keeper’s legs.
Sandwell came from the break looking focused and within minutes Jawanda pegged one back for the away side twisting and turning through a bemused Kingswinford defence to slot home. However, comeback hopes took a knock when Kam Maan found the net to bring the score to 5-2. The next ten minutes provided a goal each for both sides with Jawanda completing his hat-trick with an inch perfect reverse in the bottom corner before Gary Oates got his own name on the score sheet to keep Kings in poll position.
Once again Sandwell pegged one back to 6-4 through youngster Jordan Webb who rounded the Kingswinford keeper cleverly to score. True to form, Kings scored again, with Uppal completing a hat-trick of his own finishing past a stranded keeper. At this point the home side bucked the trend, scoring again to extend their lead to 8-4 with an odd goal that took a few deflections on its way in, however the goal panel have awarded the scoring honours to Oates, the last Kings player to touch the ball. With the clock winding down, and the game looking to be going in the home side’s favour, Sarj Takhar finished for Sandwell from top 'D' to make it 8-5. Late on Kings scored twice more through Sam George and Uppal to put the result in no doubt. A fun day was had by all, and it can be said that hockey was the real winner for the day. Next week Club Match starting promptly at 2.00pm before the AGM commences at 4.00 at the Britannia Inn. TOTAL HOCKEY!

Report of games played on Saturday 6th April 2013

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Whitchurch 2 - 6 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Steve Beatty, Colin Morris (2), Cole Hickman

2nd Team
(Match Report by Sonny Matharu)
Pershore 5 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Kuldip Randhawa, Sonny Matharu

Kingswinford 2nds last League match was a story of their whole season in 70 minutes. Having started stronger and having numerous chances they fell apart towards the end of the match with indiscipline costing them dear. The first ten minutes saw veteran Kuldip Randhawa, recalled back to the 2nd team, having three clear chances to score. Randhawa hit the post with one opportunity and saw his other efforts whistle past the post. Pershore held out and hit K’ford on the counter attack. They were able to score two goals through swift moves which the veteran defence of Sati Takhar, Parj Sangha, Dulla Sandhu and Hari Singh were unable to clear. When K’ford did score two goals from the re-start of the 2nd half it was through good hockey from Sarj Takhar, Sonny Matharu and Kaz Purewal with Richard Turner on hand to cross for Randhawa to convert. Matharu scored k’ford’s second goal from a short corner to make it 2-2. However three mistakes by the usually reliable Hari Singh allowed the speedy Pershore winger to sneak through and score a late hat-trick to seal K’ford’s fate. It was a shambolic last ten minutes with no K’ford player, apart from Glenn Dunn, emerging from it with any credit. Lubby Ram summoned the mood up “We all need to look at ourselves on the pitch, stop these mistakes and just concentrate on our own game, we are better players than we have shown today!”. The K’ford team would like to express their thanks to Dulla Sandhu for captaining the team this season. Another mention goes to Pershore HC who were great hosts at their club house allowing the K’ford bunch to drown their sorrows after the Grand National. Finally, a message to all players to attend the forthcoming AGM and think about volunteering for club roles.
Man of the match Glenn Dunn.

Report of games played on Saturday 30th March 2013

Senior Teams (No Match Report yet)
7-A-Side Round Robin Tournament
Three Club teams enjoyed a 7-A-Side tournament on a half pitch cleared of snow and replaced the scheduled Over 30's v Under 30's fixture.

Report of games scheduled on Saturday 23rd March 2013

1st Team (Match postponed due to snow)
Whitchurch v Kingswinford

2nd Team
(Match postponed due to snow)
Pershore v Kingswinford

3rd Team (Match cancelled due to snow)
Kingswinford v West Bromwich

Badgers (Match cancelled due to snow)
Sutton Coldfield v Kingswinford


Report of games played on Saturday 16th March 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 2 - 5 Wednesbury
Goal Scorers: Sam George, Ajay Sandhu

With last week’s 4-3 loss to unbeaten league champions Market Drayton, Kings Promotion hopes were shattered. As a result Kings took to the field against 2nd place Wednesbury, who only needed a point to guarantee the second promotion place, with a young development squad looking to rebuild a younger and more sustainable team with the hope of promotion for next season. Although Kings went behind within the first five minutes as they struggled to find a new balance in the team they were penalised by a motivated away side twice more before the break. However the squad showed fighting spirit and proved to have a lot of promise, getting themselves organised and finding a foothold in the game with a goal from Captain Ajay Sandhu who finished a well worked short corner routine. After the break both teams pushed hard for a crucial goal that would change the match. Wednesbury were deservedly rewarded with this honour with a brilliant finish from their forward from top ‘D’. With the game looking out of reach Sam George converted another short corner to keep Kings in the fighting spirit although it proved to be too little too late as Wednesbury scored again late on to take the three points.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Sarj Takhar)
Kingswinford 7 - 3 Wednesbury
Goal Scorers: Colin Morris (3), Billy Jawanda (2), Lubby Ram, Sarj Takhar

Kingswinford faced a very young but well drilled team that was managed by Wednesbury Stalwart Mr James Taylor. Kingswinford gained a great footing in the match when K’ford Veteran Superstar Billy Jawanda converted two early short corners. A third was scored when immense pressure by Colin Morris forced an 'own goal' by a Wednesbury Defender. However, the Goal Panel has awarded this goal to Mr Morris as it appears he got the last touch. Wednesbury after some tactical changes by Taylor got a foot hold in the match and were able to score two excellent goals including a great counter attack move. The 2nd half started at a frantic pace and Kingswinford super forward Colin Morris came to life. He picked up a terrible, sloppy pass and converted it into a golden nugget by skipping past three challenges and selling a dummy to the keeper to slot home in the right corner of the goal. Morris grabbed his hat-trick five minutes later again after some breathtaking skill he found the back of the net. Wednesbury in a last ditch effort to retain their promotion hopes pushed forward with pace and effort. This resulted in two great goals and at 5-4 it was game on. However, the last ten minutes saw club legend Lubby Ram come to life in an unfamiliar forward role. Lubby picked up the ball on the wide right position in the Wednesbury 'D' and was able to score a fantastic acute angle goal. This eased the pressure on K’ford. Late on, good link up play between Ram & Takhar saw the ball crossed from the right for Takhar to slot home. It was a close call for man of the match between Lubby, Morris, Matharu, Sharm Dhaliwal and captain Dulla Sandhu. However, the day belongs to forward Colin Morris who set great standards by his fantastic performance. Maybe this result today signals the end of an era.
Finally just a reminder for all players that the Club needs volunteers for Committee positions next year. Think of what 'you can do for your club'.

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Wednesbury Fathom 2 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Kuldip Randhawa (2), Richard Turner (2), Andy Cutler

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 5 West Bromwich
Goal Scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 9th March 2013

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Market Drayton 4 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Billy Jawanda, Bal Lally (2)

2nd Team
(Match cancelled by Barlaston - lack of players)
Barlaston 0 - 3 Kingswinford
League awarded match to Kingswinford

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 3 Worcester 8th
Goal Scorers: Kuldip Randhawa (2), Richard Turner

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Old Halesonians 4 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Geoffrey Tang, Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 2nd March 2013

1st Team (Training match - mixed teams)
Stone 2nd v Kingswinford

2nd Team (Match Report by Kuli Toora)
Kingswinford 1 - 0 Evesham
Goal Scorer: Jassi Bhadal

Kingswinford welcomed Evesham to the Dell on a wonderfully sunny afternoon for one of the last home games in this campaign. A stern talk before the game from captain Dulla saw the team take to the field with purpose and determination to put on a good performance and get a long deserved victory. The game started well with the forwards running the Evesham defence a merry dance without the deserved goal that the effort and chances deserved. The play was, at times, sloppy and wayward but there were some good spells of interplay between the midfield ending with many balls forward to Sarj and Jassi. Both Sarj and Jassi had opportunities and chances to bag the opening goal but saw the Evesham goalkeeper and defence making several saves to thwart their efforts. There was little threat to the Kingswinford goal as the defensive quartet mopped up any attacks from the Evesham forwards with Billy Sandhu, in particular, showing some deft touches and strong interceptions to break up the Evesham play.
The second half continued much as the first with the play set firmly in the Evesham half but with little reward. It wasn’t all one way as Evesham changed things up a bit and found themselves in the Kingswinford D on a few occasions with little to trouble the Kingswinford keeper apart from one occasion when the keeper had to clear. As we went into the last quarter of the game we were becoming resigned to a single point when up popped Jassi to slot the ball home, nothing less than his efforts over the game deserved. The last ten minutes saw renewed pressure on the Kingswinford defence as Evesham pushed forward to try to get an equaliser but the defence managed to keep the ball out of the goal. The final two minutes saw additional pressure on the defence and there was a huge sigh of relief as the final whistle blew and all three points were safe. Man of the match Billy Sandhu.

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kidderminster 1 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: James Armstrong

Badgers (Match cancelled - Barford unable to transport team)
Kingswinford v Barford Tigers

Report of games played on Saturday 23rd February 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Bloxwich 4 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Daman Johal (2), Ajay Sandhu, Cole Hickman, Gary Oates

Third place Kingswinford fought back from 3-1 down to gain an important three points in their promotion quest against fourth place Bloxwich. The game started with a high tempo and both teams attacking aggressively in order to get that important opener. Kings were first to earn that honour when Ajay Sandhu fired home from an acute angle. Spurred on Bloxwich took control of the game and scored three times to make things look bleak for the away side. Just before the break however Kings pegged one back when Cole Hickman beat the keeper from top ‘D’ on the reverse. After the break Kings picked up from where they left off equalising almost straight away through Gary Oates. At this point it was clear that although the scores were level Kings had the momentum, pressing this advantage the away side scored twice to regain their lead with both goals coming from Daman Johal. The first, Johal deflected a cross into the net before collecting a short corner rebound and slotting home. With ten minutes to go Bloxwich went all out and were rewarded when they pulled one back, however, resolute defending meant that Kings went home the victors.

2nd Team (Match Report by Sonny Matharu)
Kidderminster 1 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Jassi Bhadal

Kingswinford 2nd XI team travelled to play Kidderminster for a late afternoon match at Stourport HC, Kingsway. The match was all Kingswinford and forwards Sarj Takhar & Jas Bhadal bamboozled the Kidderminster defenders with their close stick work skills. This resulted in numerous openings and Takhar hit the post and bar with two sizzling shots. This bad luck and laissez faire attitude of the K’ford team would cost them dear in the second half. Kidderminster fully exploited a defensive error by K’ford and shot past a bemused Glenn Dunn in goal. Kidderminster then fielded all 11 men behind the ball and frustrated K’ford time and time again. Ravi Johal went close with a few drag flick short corners. In the final minute K’ford changed the Short Corner routine and Takhar’s shot was deflected home by Jas Bhadal. The team then were invited to Captain Dulla Sandhu’s residence for post match drinks and the Sandhu family were excellent hosts. Sonny Matharu "I am amazed that this is the strongest 2nd’s squad we have had in ten years but we are playing this badly at times. Players are not being professional and I hope things will change for the last few weeks of the season. I urge all the team to play to their potential and we can see out the season on a high! “Man of Match Glenn Dunn - Only K’ford player who played to his ability today.

3rd Team (Match Report by Thomas Hickman)
Kingswinford 1 - 1 Worcester 8th
Goal Scorer: Richard Turner

Kingswinford 3rd’s played their first home game of 2013 with Worcester the visitors to the Dell Stadium on a bitterly cold day. Kings started the match by keeping possession and mounting numerous attacks on the Worcester goal but were denied by some great goalkeeping and defending. Worcester always looked dangerous on the break which resulted in them taking the lead thanks to poor marking from the home side. After a rousing half time team talk Kings kicked themselves into life with a goal from winger Richard Turner by diverting a shot over two defenders’ sticks minutes into the second half. Kings tired as the game went on due to a lack of match fitness caused by cancelled games in the bad weather; this was evident as Worcester took the upper hand but were denied by firm defending and the occasional save from Thomas Hickman in goal.

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 0 Wednesbury
Goal Scorer: Ethan Delves

Report of games played on Saturday 16th February 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 4 - 2 Droitwich
Goal Scorers: Guneet Uppal, Adam Pritchard, Colin Morris, Gary Oates

A Brilliant start for Kingswinford was dampened by a red card and left them facing a tough second half challenge with only ten men. Bolstered by last week’s results and playing bottom of the league Droitwich Kings expected to take the game by storm. At first it looked like it might be the home side’s day when they broke early and took the lead after 30 seconds through Colin Morris at the back post. Over the next 10 minutes Kings extended their lead twice first through Adam Pritchard who beat two defenders at top ‘D’ and slammed into the backboard, before Guneet Uppal pounced on a loose ball and slotted home. Kings continued to pressure Droitwich and extended their lead further before the break when Gary Oates drag flicked into the top corner. Not long into the second half Kings suffered a blow when Bal Lally was red carded for dissent. Droitwich took advantage of a ten man Kingswinford and continually stretched Kings but found trouble getting past an in form Tim Sanders in goal who was after his first clean sheet with a vengeance. Droitwich were able to score two goals close to time but the home side were able to hold on for the victory.
Man of the Match – Tim Sanders.

2nd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 4 Leamington
Goal Scorers: Sonny Matharu, Daman Johal (2)

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Atherstone Adders 10 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Andy Cutler

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Edgbaston 1 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of game played on Sunday 10th February 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 6 - 2 Old Wulfrunians
Goal Scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Colin Morris (2), Kam Maan, Ajay Sandhu

Kingswinford 1st team saw out their weekend in style, seeing off local rivals Old Wulfs with a scintillating second half performance. The home side followed Saturday’s example and controlled the flow of the game from the outset putting pressure on the away side but were met with a resilient defence and an excellent display from the goal keeper. After 20 minutes of this, Kings finally pulled in front when Kam Maan pounced on a loose ball and flicked high into the net. Kings continued to press high but this led to a counter-attack for the away side and a goalkeeping error led to a bizarre equaliser. Undeterred Kings pressed on and restored their lead through the efforts of Billy Jawanda. Not wanting to be outdone, Old Wulfs upped the pressure and were rewarded when some suspect marking led to an easy finish for Old Wulfs past a stranded Kingswinford GK. After a motivational half time team talk Kings hit the ground running, forward Colin Morris was first to score deflecting a cross from Mark Wilson into the net before Ajay Sandhu smartly converted a penalty corner. With the game now going in Kings favour Jawanda and Morris scored again to grab braces and put the result in no doubt.
Man of the Match: Colin Morris.

Report of games played on Saturday 9th February 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 3 - 2 Leamington
Goal Scorers: Ajay Sandhu (2), Gary Oates

New Captain Ajay Sandhu led his team to victory after several turbulent weeks led to a leadership change. With a new look system and shape to the team the home side played smooth hockey from the outset, dominating possession and working the ball around well. After 15 minutes Kings found their opening and Sandhu converted deftly slipping past two defenders and slotting into the bottom right corner. Unfortunately this caused Kings to slack off and Leamington made them pay minutes before half time slipping through an outnumbered Kings defence. After the break Kings began to take back control but were nearly put behind when Leamington were awarded a penalty stroke against the run of play. However pressure got to the Away team’s forward and he fired wide of the post. Shocked into action Kings pushed hard and were awarded their own penalty strike. Sandhu stepped up and converted, sending the keeper the wrong way and slipping into the bottom left. However Leamington were quick to answer levelling again five minutes from time. Both teams pushed for a winner but Kings came out on top when Bal Lally found Gary Oates at the back post who calmly deflected past the keeper to win the game.
Man of the Match: Sam George.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Lubhaya Ram)
West Bronwich 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Daman Johal

It was a blustery early afternoon game against a West Brom Team looking for promotion. Captain’s pre match Team talk centred around nullifying the West Brom main playmaker Wayne and working the ball down our flanks as we did effectively the previous week. The game started with both teams probing for openings and opportunities were created at both ends. Kingswinford looked effective when they penetrated down their flanks with Hari, Lubby, Billy and Kuli controlling the flanks. Taran and Surj got plenty of the ball and, once they settled, caused problems for West Brom. The introduction of Jassi changed the game and our attacks seemed more focussed. Short corners were created and Daman flicked home to give Kings a well deserved lead.
The half time team talk focussed on maintaining the attacks along our wings which were so effective in the first half along with direct circle penetrations. The second half started where the first half left off and it seemed only a matter of time before Kings scored their second goal. Kings midfield and defence soaked up the West Brom pressure and fed Jassi, Taran and Surj. A tactical substitution to take off Lubby seemed to open the door for West Brom and in one of their forays down their left side, they managed to get a short Corner following what seemed like a needless challenge by the usually reliable and experienced Parj. West Brom equalised at the near post which should have been covered by Parj. This equaliser seemed to give fresh impetus the West Brom; however, Kings were not to be outdone and pushed for their second goal. Jassi, Daman and Sonny worked hard in the midfield and managed to set up some effective attacks which created some short corners. However, it seemed that the West Brom keeper was up for the good flicks that Daman took. Surj also had chances to score from a short corner and in open play; however, it was not to be his day. Ginge showed his deftness as an attacking option on the right hand side and the forwards should have made more use of his distribution. Following another missed opportunity at a short corner, West Brom attacked and made a circle penetration in what seemed like four touches ending with the forward placing the ball passed our keeper for what turned out to be the winner.
Permi shared after the game that players not playing to the game plan of passing the ball early and not playing down the flanks as we did in the first half contributed to the overall result.
Man of the Match: Dulla Sandhu.

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Aldridge & Walsall 10 - 0 Kingswinford

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 3 Streetly

Report of games played on Saturday 2nd February 2013

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Kidderminster 3 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Adam Pritchard, Billy Jawanda

2nd Team
(Match Report by Billy Sandhu)
Kingswinford 2 - 0 Tamworth
Goal Scorers: Taran Singh, Surjit Takhar

Kingswinford started the match at a very slow pace and it was all one-way traffic as Tamworth attacked with intensity. Some great defensive tackles by Sati Takhar, Parj Sangha, Lubby Ram, Billy Sandhu ensured K’ford did not concede an early goal. When the defence was breached, Tim Sanders was alert in goal and made an excellent diving save. K’ford came into the game in the last ten minutes of the first half with late arrival Sunny Matharu getting a foothold in midfield with young stalwart Daman Johal working hard off the ball. K’ford won numerous short corners and both Sarj Takhar and Daman Johal hit the post from their strikes. Ginge Sehmbi was sure to score at the stroke of half time but he was tackled as he prepared to flick the ball. The first ten minutes of the second half , Sarj Takhar came to life and he twisted three defenders before laying the ball off to Taran Singh to tap home from three yards out. Takhar then picked a lovely 1-2 with Taran and rounded the advancing keeper, dribbled the last defender on the line and slotted home. K’ford had further chances and were unable to convert with young Sunny Uppal going close on two occasions. The last ten minutes saw further pressure on K’fords defence and both Dulla Sandhu and Sati Takhar stood out with their smart clean text book tackling. Dulla Sandhu 'That was an excellent performance by the team and our first clean sheet of the season. I saw that Tamworth had a very strong team out and asked Sati Takhar to get his kit on as his experience in defence would be vital. So it proved - he was man of match today. If we play like this we should not fear anyone for the rest of the season!'.

3rd Team (No fixture)

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Bournville 3 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Geoffrey Tang, James Armstrong

Man of the Match Geoffrey Tang.

Report of game played on Sunday 27th January 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Solihull Blossomfield 4 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ajay Sandhu, Cole Hickman

Kingswinford travelled to Solihull for a rearranged fixture with Solihull Blossomfield. Being a Sunday fixture five of Kings regular first team players were unavailable, however call ups for second teamers Daman Johal, Sunny Uppal, Singh, Parj Sangha and Dulla Sandhu meant Kings went with a full squad. Kings started brightly with the squad gelling well and Kings taking a 2-0 lead within the first 15 minutes. The first came from a superb solo effort from Ajay Sandhu twisting and turning three defenders and the goalkeeper before a spectacular diving finish. Minutes later Kam Maan intercepted a cross field pass to feed Cole Hickman with an easy finish. Despite this advantage Solihull scored twice before half time to equalise capitalising on defensive mistakes. Despite several good efforts on the goal in the second half, the best of which was Guneet Uppal showing excellent skill to beat the keeper, Kings could not get back into the lead whereas Solihull had more luck at the other end scoring twice more to secure three points.

Report of games scheduled on Saturday 26th January 2013

1st Team (Match postponed due to snow & ice)
Kingswinford v Old Wulfrunians

2nd Team (Match postponed due to snow & ice)
Pershore v Kingswinford

3rd Team (Match cancelled due to double booking)
Old Halesonians v Kingswinford

Badgers
(Match cancelled due to snow & ice)
Kingswinford v Wolverhampton

Report of games scheduled on Saturday 19th January 2013

1st Team (Match postponed due to snow & ice)
Solihull Blossomfield v Kingswinford

2nd Team (Match postponed due to snow & ice)
Kingswinford v Wednesbury

3rd Team (Match cancelled due to snow & ice)
Kingswinford v Bromsgrove

Badgers
(Match cancelled due to snow & ice)
Kings Heath Pickwick v Kingswinford

Report of game played on Sunday 13th January 2013

Over 40's (No Match Report yet)
Belper 8 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Sati Takhar (2), Billy Jawanda

Report of games played on Saturday 12th January 2013

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 8 - 2 Stafford
Goal Scorers: Ajay Sandhu (2), Billy Jawanda (2), Mark Wilson (2), Cole Hickman, Bal Lally

Kingswinford got back to winning ways in style in the opening match of the second half of the season. With the result being 3-2 to Kings in the reverse fixture, the home side anticipated a tough match. The first ten minutes were hard fought with both teams coming close to scoring with Kings keeper Tim Sanders denying a Stafford forward twice and Captain Colin Morris firing just wide at the other end. Kings were first to make the breakthrough when Ajay Sandhu scored from a penalty corner after neatly skipping the defenders. The home side then extended their lead by another two before the break; the first from Cole Hickman who slammed home on the reverse before Sandhu converted a rebound from the keeper’s pads for his second. Minutes into the second half Billy Jawanda slammed home to take kings four up. Stafford pegged one back at this point after a mix up at the back however instead of the usual bickering Kings managed to regain their composure and score again through Bal Lally who cleverly lobbed the on-rushing keeper. With the score at 5-1 kings were confident the 3 points were theirs and began to play a relaxed passing game which led to Jawanda scoring again after good composure from Sam George set him up with an easy finish. Stafford scored again finishing a good move from their midfielders however it was to no avail as Drag Flicker Mark Wilson scored twice more from Penalty Corners to round up the game.

2nd Team (Match Report by 2nd Team)
Ludlow 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Jassi Bhadal

Kingswinford turned up in a state of dis-array for this early match at Much Wenlock against Ludlow. With four players running late and Kingswinford starting the match with nine men, it took a mammoth effort to keep a young and vibrant Ludlow side at bay. With a full complement of 11 players after 15 minutes, K'ford took the match to Ludlow and after a great 1-2 ball between Takhar & Bhadal, Bhadal slotted home from D Top. Disaster struck almost immediately with Ludlow counter attacking five minutes later and scoring a soft goal through K'fords defence. K'ford pressed in the second half and a couple of chances fell to the forwards which should have been converted. Ludlow got another sloppy goal after K'ford lost the ball in midfield and Ludlow launched a swift counter attack. A needless short corner was given away which Ludlow converted.
If K'ford 2nds are to regain the early promise of the season all the team members need to pull in one direction. The Captain was arranging up to late Friday night and it is disappointing to see such a bad performance after all that effort of organising and hard-work. Each team member (apart from the GK) needs to concentrate on his individual performance and general improvement is required in team work, greater effort, discipline, punctuality. On the pitch all players need to pass at the right time, hold the ball at the right time and press forward and defend together.
The difference between Ludlow winning today was their team members were team members and not individuals.
Man of the Match Glenn Dunn - a superb performance for the Goal Keeper who can be proud of his debut in the 2nds.

3rd Team
(Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Wednesbury 4th 2 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Geoffrey Tang, Jordan Webb, James Armstrong, Julian Turner

Kingswinford 3rd's travelled to local rivals Wednesbury for their first friendly match of 2013. With only ten players starting the game Kings started brightly but were caught on the counter attack which resulted in Wednesbury taking the lead. After about 10 minutes a few more players turned up meaning Kings could play the game with the full 11 players on the pitch and this played a part because thanks to goals from Geoff Tang, Jordan Webb and James Armstrong, Kingswinford took a deserved 3-1 lead into half time. Kings half time team talk was positive but this didn’t stop Wednesbury scoring a second goal, minutes after half time. This seemed to wake Kings back up and got a deserved 4th goal thanks to Julian Turner’s fine strike which broke the match ball. A positive performance from the 3rd's and gives them a good win to start the New Year.
Man of the Match – Julian Turner.

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Lichfield
Goal Scorer: Geoffrey Tang

Report of games played on Saturday 5th January 2013

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 6 - 5 Barford Tigers 2nd
Goal Scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Bal Lally (2), Cole Hickman, Sam George

2nd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 5 - 4 Barford Tigers 3rd
Goal Scorers: Jassi Bhadal, Surjit Takhar (2), Daman Johal (2)

3rd Team
(Match cancelled)
Kingswinford v Barford Tigers 4th/5th

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Wednesbury 3 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 15th December 2012

1st Team (Match cancelled & replaced by Club match)
Kingswinford v Old Halesonians

2nd Team (Match cancelled & replaced by Club match)
Finchfield v Kingswinford

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Club match

Badgers (No fixture)

EH Cup O50's (No Match Report yet)
Barford Tigers 8 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of game played on Sunday 9th December 2012

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 5 Market Drayton
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Cole Hickman

Report of games played on Saturday 8th December 2012

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 2 - 3 Whitchurch
Goal scorer: Billy Jawanda (2)

2nd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kidderminster 1 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Daman Johal (3), Taran Singh (2)

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
West Bromwich 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Surjit Takhar

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 4 Sutton Coldfield
Goal scorer: Ethan Delves

Report of game scheduled on Sunday 2nd December 2012

O50's EH Cup
Barford Tigers v Kingswinford
Match postponed due to frozen pitch

Report of games played on Saturday 1st December 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Wednesbury 4 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ajay Sandhu , Mark Wilson, Sam George

Kings eight game winning streak came to an abrupt end away to Wednesbury in a close fixture in which Kings threw away a 3-1 lead in the second half. Kings were once again their own worst enemy missing key chances and losing possession too easily, leaving them chasing for most of the match, although flairs of teamwork led to goals and chances being created. The first ten minutes were a quick paced affair with both teams fighting hard for possession. Wednesbury were first to break the deadlock halfway through the first half although Ajay Sandhu levelled with a fantastic piece of skill to beat two defenders and convert from an awkward angle just five minutes later. Just before the break Mark Wilson’s drag flick was deflected in off a defender’s stick to put Kings ahead going into the break. A half time team talk seemed to work wonders on Kingswinford as they hit the ground running when some brilliant passing led to Sam George extending Kings’ lead.
At this point Kings seem to press the self destruct button and Wednesbury scored three more times before the final whistle to take the three points. Kings have a double header next week with bottom of the table Whitchurch on Saturday and top of the table Market Drayton on Sunday.

2nd Team
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 4 - 1 West Bromwich
Goal scorers: Sonny Matharu, Jassi Bhadal, Taran Singh, Sunny Uppal

3rd Team (Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Bromsgrove 10 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ed Martin (2), Richard Turner, Clive Steedman

Kingswinford travelled to Redditch on a cold but sunny afternoon for a friendly fixture against Bromsgrove. With only a squad of ten and no goalkeeper initially available Kings battled hard against strong opposition. Bromsgrove took the lead but there was soon a response through Ed Martin's fine strike. Another goal for Bromsgrove meant they regained the lead but debutant Clive Steedman equalised immediately. Ieuan Moraghan then volunteered to go in goal; this had little effect as Bromsgrove scored two further goals before half time. Kings tried their hardest in the second half but Bromsgrove proved to be too strong scoring a further six goals but Kings did manage to score two goals through Richard Turner & Ed Martin to make the final score 10-4.

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
West Bromwich 9 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Geoffrey Tang

Report of game played on Sunday 25th November 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Leamington 3 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ajay Sandhu (2), Billy Jawanda, Mark Wilson

Kingswinford returned to action after a two week break, in a rearranged Sunday fixture away to Leamington. Although Kings had the luxury of the full squad being available Leamington fought well and Kings only managed to secure victory in the dying minutes of the game. Goals came from Ajay Sandhu (2), Billy Jawanda and Mark Wilson.

Report of games played on Saturday 24th November 2012

1st Team
Kingswinford v Market Drayton
Match postponed

2nd Team (Match Report by Billy Sandhu)
Kingswinford 5 - 2 Barlaston
Goal scorers: Jassi Bhadal (2), Sarj Takhar (2), Daman Johal

Kingswinford finished their League Campaign in style at the Dell Stadium against a strong Barlaston 2nd X1. Sarj Takhar took the first short corner K'ford won and his shot rebounded to Jassi Bhadal, who made no mistake from two yards. Disaster struck when K'ford conceded two sloppy goals just before half time. However, a tactical team talk by Dulla Sandhu motivated K'ford into a fantastic 2nd half performance. Daman Johal and new player Taran Singh dominated midfield. Takhar ran into the D dribbling himself some space and scoring a fantastic goal. He then added
to his tally when Bhadal put him through and he beat the last defender and smashed his shot past a diving Keeper. Bhadal then grabbed his second after a great ball from Kaz Purewal. Daman Johal added the gloss to the win in the dying minutes of the match. There was a great team performance today. New boy Taran Singh was excellent today and looks a great signing for K'ford HC.

3rd Team (Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Streetly 4th 9 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Jordan Webb

Kingswinford travelled to Streetly on a wet and windy afternoon for a friendly fixture. Kings struggled to find their rhythm and Streetly took advantage of this scoring three in the first 20 minutes. Kings however pulled one back through youngster Jordan Webb who beat two players and finished well. In the second half Kings pushed hard for a second goal to bring themselves back into the game but Streetly defended well and pushed forward on the break to score a further six goals to leave K’fords youthful side disappointed with the overall result and performance.
Man of the Match – Glenn Dunn fine saves including one from a penalty flick.

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 4 - 6 Old Halesonians
Goal scorers: Jordan Webb (2), Ethan Delves, Jamie Bradley

Report of games played on Saturday 17th November 2012

1st Team
Club game

2nd Team (Match Report by Jassi Bhadal)
Evesham 0 - 6 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Jassi Bhadal (3), Sarj Takhar, Daman Johal, Hari Singh

It was a nice and early lunchtime pushback this week, away from home for the Kings seconds who faced hosts Evesham. The game started at a quick tempo with both teams pressing forward and crisp passing from both sides, Kingswinford started off well and won a couple of early short corners one of which fell to Sarj Takhar at the top of the D and the experienced Kingswinford forward showed good composure to strike the ball straight into the back of the net. After the goal, Kingswinford played some of the best hockey they have played all season with the Evesham defence constantly on the back foot which resulted in a number of chances whistling just past the post, Hari Singh in particular missed a sitter but later made up for it! Then a brilliantly worked move by Kings midfielder Sonny Matharu saw him work his way to the top of the D resulting in a well struck shot being saved by the keeper, only to fall to Jassi Bhadal’s stick who on seeing the oncoming keeper rush to the floor chipped the ball over him with a good lob. Evesham almost got back in the game after a well thrown aerial pass virtually into our D, was picked up and struck very well only for Harry Bains to make an amazing reaction save with his pads. Parj Sangha and Dulla Sandhu at the back were immense today with 99per cent of passes reaching our players! Just before the end of the first half Jassi Bhadal showed us his skills once again beating two defenders and passing to Sarj whose shot at goal was saved, but up stepped Hari Singh to get his first goal of the season with a well hit rebound. At half time captain Dulla Sandhu gave a good team talk and told the team to continue as they had been. Straight from the start Kings forwards Jassi Bhadal, Sarj Takhar, and Daman Johal were tricking and skipping past defenders with ease, when Jassi beat two defenders and cut the Evesham defence apart with a perfect through ball for Daman to slide the ball past the keeper with a well-placed shot. Evesham heads started to drop at this point and Kings continued to attack. Goal number five came from some good play on the wing from Sarj Takhar who made the defender fall over with his fancy stick work, passed to Kaza Purewal, who once again played a crucial role and intercepted anything within his reach, passed to Jassi Bhadal who controlled the ball at the top of the D and hit a screamer into the top corner which even brought applause from on looking waiting teams and supporters. This week Billy Sandhu ran out of his skin, he was up and down the pitch today constantly and his passing was accurate, it was a good solid performance from him and he won the short corner for goal number six. It was a well worked short corner with Bhadal receiving the ball and striking straight in to the bottom corner to make it 6 – 0. At the end of the game the Evesham skipper said that Kings were the best team they have played all season. Kings will hope to take this confidence into next week’s must win game and all the players deserved a drink after. Harry Bains didn’t have a lot to do today, as the defence was impregnable, and veteran midfielder Sonny Matharu was once again solid in the middle alongside the young looking Lubby who also played out of his skin for the team, even though he was late. But he later paid his fine by excavating a bottle of Jack Daniels from his bag for the team to enjoy. The forward line up of Daman, Sarj and Bhadal showed again that they can each beat players as well as passing between themselves to score goals, let’s hope they keep it up! Next week’s game is at home against Barlaston.

3rd Team
Club game

Badgers
(Match cancelled due to lack of players & replaced by Club Game)
Barford Tigers v Kingswinford

Report of game played on Sunday 11th November 2012

EH O50's Cup (No Match Report yet)
Rugby & East Warwicks 2 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda, Ranjit Bhadal, Richard Turner

Report of games played on Saturday 10th November 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 6 - 3 Bloxwich
Goal scorers: Cole Hickman (2), Bal Lally, Billy Jawanda, Ajay Sandhu, Kam Maan

Kingswinford successfully held off promotion challengers Bloxwich with a tense first half performance before bringing the three points home in the second. Looking fresh in a brand new team kit the home side started the game well controlling possession and dictating the early chances. However disaster struck after 15 minutes when a goalkeeping error resulted in Bloxwich taking the lead. Kings immediately began to put pressure on Bloxwich again and were rewarded when Cole Hickman combined with Ajay Sandhu from a short corner and flicked past the keeper to level the scores, before Bal Lally converted another short corner to take the lead. Minutes before half time Bloxwich equalised to make things even going into half time. Kings took the lead again shortly after the restart with Kam Maan connecting with another good pass from Sandhu. True to form the away side equalised again to put further pressure on Kings. It was at this point a fight broke out between the Bloxwich goalkeeper and his defender leading to the latter being removed from the pitch by his captain. Seeing an opportunity Kingswinford pressed hard and were rewarded with three more goals in the remaining 20 minutes. The first a superb strike from Billy Jawanda before Sandhu added his own name to the score sheet and with five to go Hickman found the net again finishing on the reverse.

2nd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 3 Kidderminster
Goal scorer: Daman Johal

3rd Team (Match cancelled by Wednesbury)
Wednesbury v Kingswinford

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Wednesbury 2 - 0 Kingswinford

EH O50's Cup (No Match Report yet)
Rugby & East Warwicks 2 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda, Ranjit Bhadal, Richard Turner

Report of game played on Sunday 4th November 2012

EH O40's Cup (Match Report by Surjit Takhar)
Kingswinford 1 - 8 Edgbaston
Goal scorer: Colin Morris

Kingswinford faced a very strong Edgbaston team in the EH Over 40's Masters Cup. It must be pointed out that K’ford had a bear 11 squad with six players aged over 55 and only four under 50, whereas Edgbaston's team consisted mainly of players under 50. K’ford started brightly with Hockey Legend Billy Jawanda pulling the strings in midfield and displaying some breathtaking stick skills and vision to set-up forwards Colin Morris and Ravi Johal (who was playing on a dodgy knee). Unfortunately Morris and Johal were unable to capitalise on the chances created. Edgbaston were attacking in numbers but were thwarted time and time again by Sati Takhar (playing his first game of the season on a dodgy knee) and the hard working Sharm Dhaliwal who covered for Sati brilliantly. Dulla Sandhu and Hari Singh attacked and defended as Left & Right Half with experience and hard effort. Mention also goes to Lubby Ram, Sonny Matharu, Richard Turner and Glenn Dunn in goal. Edgbaston eventually got their goal ten minutes before half time and scored a second on the stroke of half time. The second half started at a frantic pace with Jawanda again creating chances for his forwards that went begging. There was a capacity crowd at the Dell for this match with ex K’ford Club Legend and super forward Dalbir Sidhu (on holiday from Canada) watching on the sidelines. It was a pity Sidhu was unable to play as K’ford would have loved to have the Jawanda - Sidhu partnership that used to terrorise defences in the 80's & 90's. When Edgbaston scored their third goal the dynamics of the match changed. Dhaliwal was pushed further forward and although K’ford had more potency upfront, the defence started to creak at the back. Sharm went close after a superb dribble and shot on 45 minutes. Jawanda was also unlucky after his short corner shot was an inch above the back-board. Colin Morris eventually made the break through on 50 minutes but it was too little too late for K’ford. Edgbaston made their younger legs count and added five more goals in the last ten minutes to give a flattering final scoreline. Capt Sonny Matharu added "With the bear 11 I had and considering the average ages of the squads I am proud of my players. I am just a bit disappointed that many of the other vets at this club could not play". Man of the Match Sharm Dhaliwal had a very impressive game today.

Report of games played on Saturday 3rd November 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Droitwich 2 - 6 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Ajay Sandhu (2), Guneet Uppal, Bal Lally

Kings recorded another victory in a somewhat scrappy affair away at Droitwich. Having had last week’s game postponed due to umpiring issues kings looked out of their comfort zone throughout the match and did not recreate their current form despite the score line. Kings looked nervy from the outset with chances going begging and several failed attempts to convert penalty corners. Despite this, Kings took the lead after 15 minutes when Guneet Uppal jumped on a rebound and finished neatly with a reverse stick effort. This seemed to rouse Droitwich who scored twice to put themselves ahead after some miscommunication in the king’s midfield and defence. Immediately after Droitwich scored their second Cole Hickman and Billy Jawanda cut through Droitwich with some neat one twos and Jawanda levelled the score. Minutes before the break Kings were awarded a Penalty flick which was converted by Ajay Sandhu to put them ahead. After a disappointing first half tensions ran high at half time which seemed to have a positive effect on the squad as they scored three more times during the second half to bury the game. Firstly, Jawanda grabbed a brace smashing home from top ‘D’ after some good passing by Sam George and Kam Maan. Shortly after Bal Lally collected a rebound from a short corner and flicked past a stranded keeper before Sandhu converted another penalty flick when he was fouled in the ‘D’. Kings suffered from team cohesion problems this week and these will need to be resolved as kings face a tough challenge at home to third place Bloxwich next week.

2nd Team (Match Report by Billy Sandhu)
Leamington 4 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Daman Johal

K’ford slumped to another defeat in a fixture they deserved something from. With over 70% of the play, K’ford were unable to make their dominance count. Leamington scored the first goal on five minutes after a very rare error by their super sweeper. Leamington added a second with their second attack of the game on ten minutes. Thereafter K’ford were pitched in Leamington's half winning seven short corners. Despite straight shots, drag flicks, and scoops they were unable to beat the outstanding home goal keeper. The start of the second half saw Leamington add a third goal. K’ford went close through Ravi Johal, Jas Bhadal, Surjit Takhar and Daman Johal. It was eventually on the 10th short corner that K’ford scored. Daman Johal’s drag flicked directly at the goal keeper but was alert enough to collect his rebounded effort and hammer home. Despite K’fords immense pressure it was too little too late and Leamington added a 4th on the stroke of full time via a short corner, which Kuli Toora tried his best to stop on the line. Next week following a team meeting a new defensive formation will be tried out to stop the rapid counter attacks which are costing K’ford dearly. Also it was suggested all players must ensure they arrive at least 15 minutes before the match and try to attend regular training so that the early match rustiness is resolved without going 2-0 down into matches. Quick sharp passes are also needed to beat teams that have 11 men behind the ball. The Leamington Captain gave K’ford some encouragement with his end of match comments "That was the toughest game we played this season and the score line was unjust on K’ford." Man of Match Jassi Bhadal.

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Barford Tigers 3 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Ed Martin

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 6 Edgbaston
Goal scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 27th October 2012

1st Team (Match postponed due to shortage of umpires - played 25th November)
Leamington v Kingswinford

2nd Team (Match Report by Dulla Sandhu)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 West Bromwich
Goal scorer: Surjit Takhar

Kingswinford looked to quickly move on from last week’s defeat at Tamworth by entertaining local rivals West Bromwich. Kingswinford made a slow start to the game and allowed West Brom to penetrate into their defending 25 several times – giving West Brom too much respect and too much time on the ball. Indeed, after about ten minutes, West Brom took a well deserved lead. Kingswinford tried to find their way back and despite confusion over player positions and lack of general ‘team play’ – Kingswinford forced an equaliser through Surjit Takhar.
Kings however reverted to slack marking and a mistake in midfield resulted in West Brom quickly breaking and hitting home their second just a few minutes after Kings equalised. The rest of the second half saw chances created for both teams but certainly West Brom looked more dangerous especially on the break and with their aerial threat.
Some stern words were had at half time by Ajay Sandhu regarding the poor first half – especially around the poor marking and the non early breaking down of the opposition play. Some changes in midfield responsibilities seemed to have an effect and saw Kings create several attacks of their own through Takhar and Bhadal. Several goal scoring opportunities were created via open play and short corners but unfortunately none were taken. The West Brom keeper made some good saves and albeit Kings had a good proportion of play in the second half, despairingly, they could not convert their second equaliser. The second half remained goalless and the final score finished 2-1 to the visitors.
Overall, Kings will be very disappointed with this result – “we just did not perform to our ability” iterated vice captain Ravi Johal “we need to reproduce the good early season form and start working as a team again, consolidating and taking full responsibility in the positions we are asked to play”.
Man of the match Sonny Matharu, for some hard work in midfield and his ‘vocals’!
Next week sees Kings travelling to top of the table Leamington for another challenging fixture!

3rd Team (Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Kingswinford 1 - 3 Aldridge & Walsall
Goal scorer: Elliot Steedman

Kingswinford 3rd’s welcomed Aldridge and Walsall 3rd’s to the Dell Stadium for a friendly fixture with a late afternoon pushback. Walsall started the game stronger dominating possession and creating chances but were kept out by fine saves from Glenn Dunn. Walsall continued to dominate possession and took the lead with a well taken strike before further doubling their lead shortly before half time. At half time captain Gordon Elcock made a tactical change in order to combat Aldridge and Walsall’s domination but this seemed to have little affect with a third goal being scored straight after the restart. K’ford regrouped after the third goal and started to keep possession more and soon replied with a fine strike from Elliot Steedman after a good run by Thomas Hickman. The game became open after this but good defending by both sides stopped any more goals. Kingswinford can be pleased with their performance in the second half especially with it being their first game together.
Joint men of the match – Glenn Dunn and Thomas Hickman

Badgers
(Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Streetly v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 20th October 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 8 - 1 Kidderminster
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda (2), Kam Maan (3), Bal Lally (2), Ajay Sandhu

Kingswinford continued their run of form in style against local rivals Kidderminster. With the season now in full swing Kings looked settled and in command against a nervous looking Kidderminster who despite the score line put up a brave fight against wave after wave of Kings attacks. The goals came from the off when unlike previous weeks Kings started well and sharp passing between Cole Hickman and Billy Jawanda led to the latter’s shot being saved by the Kidderminster keeper only for the rebound to fall into the path of forward Kam Maan who did not waste a golden opportunity to put Kings ahead. Maan struck again minutes later when he finished at the back post past a stumped keeper. A shell shocked Kidderminster had roused themselves at this point but to no avail as short sharp passing and top quality off the ball movement led to Jawanda flicking in from close range to put Kings firmly in the driving seat. Ten minutes before half time Kings were awarded when the ball struck a defender's foot on the line; up stepped Ajay Sandhu who converted with a well placed effort. To finish off a first half rout Jawanda struck again just before the whistle. The second half continued in the same vain with Kings now perhaps a little more relaxed scored quickly with Maan completing his hat-trick with a stunning strike after good work by Gary Oates and Guneet Uppal. Kings were guilty of stepping off the gas as they were caught out by a counter attack leaving the defence outnumbered; Kidderminster took full advantage finding the goal. Kings shaken took control of the game back and Bal Lally finished on the reverse with an unorthodox effort which lifted cruelly over the Kidderminster Keeper leaving both teams bemused. Just before the break Kings managed to finish a short corner when Sandhu beat two defenders and slipped it to Lally who made no mistake under pressure.

2nd Team (Match Report by Kuli Toora)
Tamworth 3 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Surjit Takhar (2)

Kingswinford seconds took to the pitch looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. Missing regular defenders Dulla Sandhu and Hari Singh the team welcomed Parj Sangha to fill in for Dulla in the centre of defence alongside Lubby Ram. From the off it was evident that this would not be an easy game as Tamworth pressed for the opener testing out the Kingswinford back four. Early attacks were thwarted with the back four of Billy Sandhu, Kuli Toora, Parj Sangha and Lubby Ram putting paid to some early Tamworth attacks. Kingswinford attacked well on the break with the midfield of Ginge Sehmbi, Daman Johal, Sonny Matharu and Kaza Purewal linking up well to feed the forward line of Jassi Bhadal and Sarj Takhar. Jassi and Sarj danced through the Tamworth midfield on several occasions only to be thwarted by some last ditch defensive tackles in the Tamworth D. Despite some good early pressure from the Kingswinford forward line it was Tamworth who broke the deadlock with a week shot from just inside the D that thwarted the otherwise excellent keeping of Harry Bains as the ball found its way into the Kingswinford goal through the stranded keepers legs. This was the kick that Kingswinford needed to get back to the quality of Hockey that they are capable of playing and quickly saw the ball played up to forward Sarj to produce some of his magical stick skills in the D as he danced his way through three defenders to hit an unstoppable shot into the Tamworth backboard to bring the game back level at 1 – 1. Not to be thwarted Tamworth regrouped and pressed for another goal winning a short corner that was converted at the post after the ball was played back to the injector who somehow managed to get the ball off his stick just 12 inches from the goal line and trickle the ball over the Kingswinford goal line to put the advantage back to Tamworth at 2 – 1. There were some bemused faces, and harsh but fair words exchanged, amongst the Kingswinford back four after witnessing the unmarked injector turn away in celebration. This was again to prove to be the spur to get Kingswinford back into the game with some good flowing hockey amongst the entire team to time and time again get into the opposition D only to be thwarted by the defence or see each attempt trickle harmlessly wide. Not be disheartened the forward line pressed again and again and finally got the goal their play deserved as Sarj again danced into the opposition D and hit an unstoppable shot into the net to leave the Tamworth keeper on his back as the ball flew past him into the net to bring the score back to 2 -2 .
The second half started much as the first had finished with Kingswinford pressing to get their noses in front for the first time in the match. Tamworth were looking to regain their lead and were becoming more frustrated as Kingswinford attacked again and again. The Kingswinford back four, supported by Sonny, Kaza, Ginge and Daman, were being tested again and again as Tamworth broke after yet another Kingswinford attack broke down in the Tamworth D. Tamworth were awarded several short corners despite the remonstrations of literally every Kingswinford player on the pitch. These were thwarted time and time again by the Kingswinford defence and special mention must be made of the excellent saves from Lubby as the ball hurtled towards the top corner of the Kingswinford goal on at least three occasions. Despite some excellent defending it was a lapse in concentration and a lack of communication between the otherwise excellent Harry in goal and his central defence as a Tamworth forward snuck in and pushed an otherwise nothing ball past the shocked Harry as he was watching the ball roll past the goal and out of play. Despite going behind in such a way Kings pressed for yet another equaliser and were in the opposition D on several occasions only to see several decisions and last ditch defensive play from the Tamworth players preventing a deserved equaliser. As each Kingswinford attack broke down Tamworth were looking to take advantage and press for another goal as they broke quickly down their left pressing Billy into some good defensive work. It was during such an attack that Billy was unfortunately struck by a rising ball as it deflected off his stick and hit him just above the right eye. As expected the Kingswinford players immediately stopped the game to ascertain the extent of the injury and as there was a clear cut and blood running down the side of the defender’s face. It was unfortunate to see that Kings were being pressed by the opposition to get the injured player off the pitch without being able to give him the required medical attention. After a short pause Billy was replaced by Ravi Johal who was looking to get his hand back in after a short break. Kings again pressed for an equaliser and spent sustained periods in the opposition half putting pressure on the Tamworth defence. It was during one of these attacks that Daman was penalised for an infringement that even now we are still trying to pin down. This lead to the young forward having to take an enforced rest which seemed to go on for an eternity. Despite the mismatch in numbers Kings pressed for an equaliser with Ravi being supplied on occasions by some excellent balls from Jassi, who really deserved more from his time in the opposition D, but unfortunately Ravi couldn’t get the end result that the overall play deserved. As time went on and the minutes ticked away it was looking more and more likely that Kings wouldn’t get the deserved equaliser as Tamworth smothered each attack and looked to break quickly. The frustrations amongst both teams were beginning to show after some hard, but honest, tackles were penalised much to the frustration of the Kingswinford players. It was only when the final whistle blew that the Kingswinford attacks stopped and despite the overall effort and play from the entire team the result sadly wasn’t a reflection on the game.
Next week Kingswinford welcome local team West Bromwich to the Dell with a 2:30pm push back.

3rd Team (No fixture)

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 4 Bournville

Report of games played on Saturday 13th October 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Old Wulfrunians 1 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Steve Beatty, Sam George, Cole Hickman

.Kingswinford made the short trip to Wolverhampton to play local rivals Old Wulfrunians who sit bottom of the table having lost their two openers. Old Wulfs clearly had a point to prove and Kings were under pressure all throughout the first half as Old Wulfs dominated play and if not for the excellent reactions of keeper Tim Sanders Kings would have been going in to the break several goals behind. After a stern half time team talk Kings turned the game on its head. Mark Wilson came close to putting Kings in front when his drag flick was superbly saved by the Old Wulfs keeper. However, with fifteen minutes to go Steve Beatty broke the deadlock finishing at the back post after some good passing by the Kingswinford attack. Minutes later Kings extended their lead after a skilful run by Ajay Sandhu led to him finding Sam George who calmly slotted home. Kings now flying high buried the game when Cole Hickman collected his first effort from the keeper’s pads and fired home. Wulfs grabbed a consolation goal with four minutes to go which quite bizarrely prompted their coach to run onto the pitch and start shouting and waving his fist in a number of bemused Kingswinford faces. This incident unfortunately marred an otherwise competitive and well fought game.
Kings now sit top of the league being the only team to win all of their three opening games.

2nd Team (Match Report by Ravi Johal)
Kingswinford 2 - 0 Pershore
Goal scorer: Daman Johal (2)

Both teams took to the pitch aiming to maintain their fine identical unbeaten starts to the season and it was Pershore who had the early goal scoring opportunities only to be thwarted time and again by Harry Bains who is starting to shine in his new found role as permanent 2nd team goalkeeper. Kingswinford then took the game to Pershore with Sarj Takhar tormenting the visitors defence on numerous occasions only to be let down each time at the final hurdle. Drawing confidence from this, Kings' started to pass the ball amongst each other and produced a superb overall team performance with each and every player taking responsibility and excelling in their allotted roles. The breakthrough came after Kings' won a penalty corner which was swept goalbound by Daman Johal only for the keeper to produce a fine save- not to be outdone, Daman collected the returned ball and smashed an unstoppable shot for which the keeper, this time, had no answer. Kings then pressed again but Pershore also had their moments with some fine entertaining, skilful play however each time they threatened, skipper Dulla Sandhu, re-enforced his instructions to team mates and the threat was nullified. Special mention goes to the entire Pershore team, for playing the match in a very competitive but fair and sporting manner, even helping the umpire to reverse a decision which would have resulted in them having been awarded a goal.
Kingswinford to their credit then repaid the favour when the same umpire (me), then erroneously awarded Kings' a penalty corner - Jassi Bhadal who was injecting the corner played it out into touch so that no benefit could be gained from it. Shortly before the break Daman fired home his 2nd goal, although it took a deflection off a defender, it still had enough pace to find the back of the net.
An encouraging half time team talk saw Kings' emerge and continue with the same positive attitude. Both teams had their chances in another entertaining half but no further goals ensued.
Experienced trio Lubby Ram, Ginge Sehmbi, Dulla Sandhu instilled calm and assurance to fellow teammates, Sonny Matharu was solid and commanding, Hari Singh energetic and always looking to probe forward. Kuli Toora will look back and be very satisfied with his accomplished performance. Kaza Purewal was a constant thorn in Pershore's defence with his skill and guile. Daman was speedy and skilful, last week's goal hero Jassi Bhadal, showed again what a handful he is with his close ball skill. Billy Sandhu was reliable and strong as ever and Parj Sangha, making his 1st league appearance of the season was honest and reliable.
Man of the match this week was a close call between "Clean sheet Hari", "Not today mate Kuli", "Catch me if you can Daman" and "Quiet Unassuming Sarj" and goes to Sarj for his tremendous skill and workrate which should have been rewarded with a goal.
Next match versus Tamworth away 2pm start, please see website for address and directions.

3rd Team (Match against Old Halesonians cancelled)
Club game with the Badgers.

Badgers (Match against Wolverhampton cancelled)
Club game with the 3rd team.

Report of games played on Saturday 6th October 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Kingswinford 6 - 4 Solihull Blossomfield
Goal scorers: Mark Wilson (4), Sam George, Guneet Uppal

Kingswinford were victorious in their first home game of the season against visitors Solihull Blossomfield who had recently been relegated from West Midlands Premier Division. Perhaps pre-match nerves had affected Kings but they were slow to get going once again and were left chasing the ball for the first five minutes; however some sharp passing by Kings led to them forcing a penalty corner. Up stepped drag flick specialist Mark Wilson who converted in style right into the top corner to put Kings in charge. Solihull not to be undone pushed forward and were rewarded with a penalty flick when the ball struck a defender’s foot on the line, which they neatly converted past Kings keeper Tim Sanders. Wilson repeated the magic this time dragging in to the bottom right from another penalty corner before Sam George neatly skipped a defender and smashed past the onrushing goalkeeper to put Kings 3-1 up going into the break. Kings were to get going once again following the restart and Solihull took full advantage scoring twice to level the score. Kings, spurred on by the fact they had once again thrown away a 2 goal lead attacked with a vengeance and Wilson provided the honours once again finishing another penalty corner for Kings to regain the lead. To further frustrate Kings, Solihull scored again to make it four a piece with 20 minutes to go. Both teams went all out to try and secure the win and a Solihull player was caught in the head with a stick which meant there was a fifteen minute break while the player was given first aid. After play re-commenced Kings came close when Gary Oates hit the post but it was Guneet Uppal who collected a rebound and slipped it home to give Kings a 5-4 lead. Man of the hour Wilson buried the game finishing another corner for a well fought win.

2nd Team (Match Report by Hari Singh)
Wednesbury 3 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Jassi Bhadal, Kuldip Randhawa (2)

K’ford put in their best performance of the season against a very strong Wednesbury team. K’ford dominated play with the forward line of Jassi Bhadal, Daman Johal & Surjit Takhar tormenting the Wednesbury back four. There were chances for K’ford to take the lead and Bhadal & Kaz Purewal both went close after great skills from Takhar. Against the run of play Wednesbury took the lead after a neat counter attack move. It took K’ford almost the entire 1st half to get the equaliser and when it came what a great goal it was. After great Link-up play between Kaz Purewal, Jassi Bhadal and Surjit Takhar, Bhadal controlled the through ball with great skill and lobbed the on rushing gaol keeper from D Top. The second half K’ford were camped in Wednesbury half. Substitute Kuldip Randhawa seized his chances well and hammered home two unstoppable shots to make it 3-1. His second goal deserves a special mention after he controlled an excellent pass from Purewal on his reverse stick and hit home from a narrow angle. Takhar was denied a penalty flick late on after a great run. With five minutes to go disaster struck as Wednesbury won two short corners converting both to win a share of the spoils.
K’ford Man of Match was Lubby Ram. Great Tackles in the heart of defence on which K’ford built their attacks. If K’ford play like this they will win 99% of their matches this season.

3rd Team (Match cancelled)
Bromsgrove v Kingswinford

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 0 Kings Heath Pickwick
Goal scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 29th September 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Stafford 2 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Cole Hickman, Mark Wilson, Gary Oates

Recently promoted Kingswinford travelled to Stafford for their first game of the season in the ENER-G League West Midlands Div 1. Stafford proved a strong opposition for the new look Kingswinford 1st team who had to soak up the pressure for the first 10 minutes as Stafford dominated possession. However Kings forced their way back into the game and began to dictate the game which resulted in them taking the lead after a sharp 1-2 between Cole Hickman and Billy Jawanda led to Hickman flicking neatly over the keeper. Minutes later continual assaults on the Stafford ‘D’ led to Kings being awarded a penalty corner. Up stepped new signing ex-Barford first team keeper Mark Wilson who drag flicked smoothly into the back off the net giving Kings a 2-0 lead going into the break. In the second half Stafford re-organised themselves and hit the ground running leading to them scoring twice in quick succession to level the score. Kings eager for three points took the game to Stafford and came close to scoring several times until five minutes from the end when another new signing Gary Oates’s powerful strike rocketed off a defenders stick and past the keeper to give Kings a well deserved victory against a tough opposition.

2nd Team (Match Report by Harry Bains)
Kingswinford 2 - 1 Ludlow
Goal scorers: Rajinder Sehmbi, Surjit Takhar

K’ford 2nds started their league campaign in winning fashion after a brilliant yet frustrating performance which resulted in the desired outcome of 3 league points. With a new look squad which included a couple of players that have played 16 years + 1sts team hockey dropping down, K’ford took the game to Ludlow. Young Daman Johal, Jassi Bhadal & Surjit Takhar all shaved the post with some powerful shots after some neat hockey involving defence to midfield to forwards. However despite the immense pressure a young and hard running Ludlow team broke the deadlock with a goal ten minutes from half time. K’fords response was almost immediate with Surjit Takhar controlling an aerial pass from Sonny Matharu and unleashing one of his powerful shots which the Ludlow goal keeper had little chance of saving. The second half saw K’ford turn on the style and veterans Ginge Sehmbi, Dulla Sandhu, Lubby Ram, Hari Singh, Sonny Matharu, Kuli Toora, Kuldip Randhawa feeding the forward line of Billy Sandhu, Kaz Purewal, Bhadal, Johal and Takhar. With numerous chances being spurned, including a wonderful run past four defenders and his shot going just an inch wide of the post by Takhar, the feeling was that K’ford would not get the result their performance deserved. However, a tactical change by Captain Dulla Sandhu saw veteran Ginge Sehmbi push further forward. Ginge had an immediate impact and after a wonder through ball by Daman Johal had his deft deflection only just saved by the Ludlow keeper. However Sehmbi was not to be denied and he converted a short corner five minutes from time to seal the win for K’ford. Everybody in the 2nds is enjoying their hockey and the traditional K’ford social afterwards and this week Jassi Bhadal provided post match refreshments in celebration of his Birthday. Many Happy Returns Jassi !! As the famous song goes...."The Boys Are Back In Town., Have Not Changed, Have Not Got Much To Say !!"
Man of Match was close call between Dulla Sandhu, Harry Bains, Billy Sandhu, Kaz Purewal but Ginge Sehmbi wins it after his vital goal. Next week K’ford visit old adversaries Wednesbury.

3rd Team (Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Kingswinford 2 - 2 Wednesbury 4th
Goal scorers: Richard Turner, Ed Martin

Kingswinford 3rd's welcomed local rivals Wednesbury to the Dell Stadium on a sunny afternoon for a friendly fixture. Due to the fact that no regular goalkeeper was available then first team midfielder Cole Hickman volunteered to play in goal although due to timings K’ford had to play without a goalkeeper for the first ten minutes but this seemed to have little effect with Kings soon taking the lead through rapid veteran winger Richard Turner. This lead was further doubled by an Edward Martin powerful strike. By this time Cole Hickman had found his way onto the pitch. A tactical change by Wednesbury resulted in them dominating possession but were denied by excellent saves by Hickman and resolute defending by Elliot Steedman, Callum Elcock, Thomas Hickman and Kuli Toora. Wednesbury sensed an opportunity to get back in the game when they won a penalty flick for a foot on the goal line but Cole Hickman’s imposing stature forced the taker to flick wide.
After the break the game became more open with chances for both sides but Wednesbury were more clinical in front of goal scoring twice to bring an enthralling match to an end. A thank you to Daman Johal, Kuli Toora and Cole Hickman for doubling up and a big thanks to Tim Sanders for umpiring.

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Lichfield 4 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 22nd September 2012

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Barford Tigers 3rd 5 - 6 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda (3), Kam Maan (2), Ajay Sandhu

2nd Team (Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Barford Tigers 4th/5th 3 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal, Daman Johal, Billy Sandhu, Jassi Bhadal (2)

It was a lovely afternoon for Hockey and the final “friendly” game of the pre-season preparations against Barford Tigers. The team welcomed the addition of Sonny Matharu, Adam Pritchard and Sam George to the second team which swelled our squad to 14 players. The game started at an even tempo watched by members of Kings' 1st Team. Kings had plenty of chances to score and finally made the breakthrough with a Jas Bhadal strong push giving us a well-deserved lead. Adam and Sonny controlled the midfield and Sam tormented the Tigers defence. We soon scored the second goal through Jas as his intricate stick work cut through the Tigers defence like a knife through butter. We continued to dominate the game; however, just before half time, a lapse in Kings defence saw Tigers pull a goal back.
Skipper Dulla Sandhu gave plenty of positives during the half time team talk and it seemed to do the trick as we over ran the Tigers defence and Daman Johal slotted the ball home beautifully through a well worked neat move. Daman's speed and skill almost came to an abrupt halt when he was strongly tackled and we feared an injury. However, even the strong tackle could not stop Daman returning to play. We conceded 2 goals as Tigers piled on the pressure; however, as they attacked, we exploited the gaps left in their defence with 2 well taken team effort goals by Ravi "twinkle toes" Johal and Billy Sandhu. We hope Billy does not take as long to score his second goal!!
It was an overall fantastic team effort and there were outstanding performances from Adam, Sonny, Sam, Daman and Jas.
However, the Man of the Match goes to Adam for his superb defensive midfield work and attacking drive.

3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 1 Worcester 7th
Goal scorers: Ed Martin, Ed Parkes, James Armstrong

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 6 Barford Tigers
Goal scorer:

Report of games played on Saturday 15th September 2012

1st Team (Match Report by Cole Hickman)
Yardley 1 - 18 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Billy Jawanda (4), Kam Maan, Ajay Sandhu (3), Colin Morris (3), Surjit Takhar (2), Bal Singh (2), Gary Oates, Steve Beatty, Cole Hickman

Kingswinford travelled to Small Health for their second pre-season friendly before the start of league games on the 29th of September. This week Kings were on the positive side of an 18-2 route against fellow ENER-G West Midlands 2 competitors Yardley. Kings netted within the first few minutes and looked strong throughout the game scoring regular goals with strong link up play throughout the field. This was a positive result for kings who with several new signings to improve on last year’s squad will be looking to secure promotion after a disappointing 3rd place finish in the league last year.

2nd/3rd Team (Club Match)
Kingswinford - Kingswinford

Badgers (No fixture)

Report of games played on Saturday 8th September 2012

1st Team (No Match Report yet)
Bournville 3rd 2 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Kam Maan (2), Ajay Sandhu, Mark Wilson

2nd Team (No Match Report yet)
Bournville 4th 5 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Daman Johal (2), Kuldip Randhawa, Hari Singh

3rd Team (No fixture)

Badgers (Match cancelled by Wednesbury)
Kingswinford v Wednesbury

Report of game played on Saturday 1st September 2012

1st/2nd/3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Club match

Badgers (No fixture)