A true team performance was rewarded with the first win of the season for Milton Keynes following two losses and a draw last Saturday. Keeping the lacrosse goals in position on a windy day at Stantonbury was the first challenge. Some heavy metal posts and a kit bag solved that problem. MK played well right from the gun with three goals in the first 10 minutes, two from Webborn and one from Sawyer. Reading hit back late in the 1st quarter with two from #28 to leave the game nicely poised at 3-2 at the end of the quarter. However that was the end of the Reading goals until late in the game as MK racked up seven, from six different players. Vice-captain Corey Jamieson won the man of the match vote. His confident and assured performance in the midfield was capped by a goal in the 4th quarter.
There were great displays end to end from the men in green. Captain Gambrill led by example, threatening the Reading goal and popping up at the right time to either make the assist or find the back of the net. Webborn and Cuddy top scored with three each, most from good ball movement which left gaps in the Reading defence to punish. Kelham and Satchell didn’t score but supported the attack with intelligent ball movement and support play.
At the back the MK defence was disciplined and ready to pounce when there was any sniff of a turnover. Duggan stepped back into D again and was great. He swapped with Cuddy in the 4th quarter for a run in the midfield, and deserved a goal for his efforts… next game Tom. The MK defence is looking solid this season with the combination of experienced goalie Land and defender Day vocally organising the troops. Whilst Day received the other player vote, this should of gone to Cuddy for a shot that worried air traffic control and a bounce pass to Kelham which was the last thing he was expecting. The complication was Cuddy had to leave directly after the game to pack bags and head to Heathrow for a flight. Aaron was last out of the showers so some tactical voting played out.
A bye-week this coming Saturday so MK have to wait until 4th November to play again, away vs Guildford. Counting down the days for that.
Patrick Land, Aaron Day, Kyle Pim, Tom Duggan, Ben Amos, Corey Jamieson, Giles Cuddy (not pictured), James Hutchinson, Matt Sawyer, Jack Gambrill, Rhys Kelham, Brett Satchell and Chris Webborn
Referee: Rob Gooch
10:3 (3:2, 5:2, 7:2, 10:3)
#16 Chris Webborn x 3
#15 Giles Cuddy x 3
#88 Jack Gambrill x 2
#4 Matt Sawyer
#18 Corey Jamieson
MK Man-to-the-Match: Corey Jamieson
MK D-of-the-Day: Aaron Day