I first must address the libelous, defamatory, scurrilous claim by the horrid heckler from Holcombe, there is no-way I would waste valuable drinking time doing cartwheels in the car park! The weekend started early with England Hockey's website noting that "In form Brooklands travel to Beeston". Since when has LLLLLD meant "in-form" ? This amused everyone, Gammo the manager fervently denied saying anything like that during his chat with EH, but heck we got a big mention and that was fine by us. Saturday came and went with an excellent result in the Kent derby - thanks guys!! The fixtures were against us, as for the second week running we had to play the top of the league (okay, pedant alert, they weren't top of the league when our game actually started). From a very hazy memory, (so if you did watch it via the streaming and think I have got it wrong, you are most likely to be correct) we started quite brightly and attacked very directly, a breakaway move from Dave Flanagan, saw him lay on a great pass for Beeston old boy Sam Perrin to slide home the opener after 7 minutes. I think the rest of the half was pretty even, we had a couple of shorts, and we scored from the second just before HT to make it 2-0 at the break. In the second half, Beeston stepped up, but Brooklands matched them in intensity and defended very well as a unit, making the chances that came Beeston's way difficult ones. A few breakaway chances were spurned by Brooklands to get the all important 3rd goal. Beeston got one back at a short corner in the 59th with a nice flick. Beeston kept the pressure up, but Brooklands held out pretty well, again making things difficult for the Beeston attack. Beeston did get the ball in the net near the end, but the umpire had actually blown for a short a split second before. The two umpires conferred, and there was a worry in the Brooklands ranks in the stands, that they might overturn the short with a goal, but no, the umpires did the correct thing and gave the short corner. Two late goals from Brooklands in the final minutes gave the game a flattering scoreline but having been on the end of some scorelines like this over the years,we didn't mind too much A big 6 point gap and nice goal difference above the bottom two, means we can enjoy Christmas, which we started celebrating early at Beeston and some more when we got back home to Brooklands. Yes they were missing their 3 England players. Another reason in my view, to do away with the "odd" world league, and just have the European championships, the world cup and the Olympics as the international tournaments for European teams. Friendlies, like those in Germany last week, need to be played outside of the league windows, or not interfere with it.