Score: 12 - 2
HAT-TRICKS from Darryl Light and Bernard Martin helped Highbury 2s maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the season as they overcame their colleagues in the 3s.
The duo scored half the goals in an all-round solid team performance which saw them claim a 12-2 victory with Helen Gilmore and Kate Sherring bagging braces and Anja Hudson and Tom Rich also getting on the scoresheet.
George Thorpe marked his debut for the 3s with a goal after Philippa Stevens opened the side’s account during a morning which proved frustrating and see them start their season with a defeat.
Ultimately the 3s’ shooting let them down as they struggled to find the target, but they were also scuppered by an excellent defensive display by the 2s, who denied their club-mates space to get shots away.
In a move forced by injuries, the 3s were unable to select their captain Karthik Ramulu as he was called up into the 2s.
The opening exchanges were dominated by both defences as it took nine minutes for the deadlock to be broken.
Ramulu showed what the 3s were missing as he showed made life difficult for Craig Morgan while Thorpe’s collecting was in fine touch.
Shots were put up in both divisions, but the accuracy was off until Light finally found the target as he stepped away from his marker Thorpe and rattled the ball home.
Now behind, the 3s looked to try and get back on level terms but this only forced them to rush passes in both halves and lose possession of the ball, eventually building up to Hudson’s first goal as she broke free from Ellie Simes.
More stray passing let the 3s down in a game were they could not afford to give away possession before Sherring made it 3-0 near the backline of the court.
Feeling the game starting to slip away, the 3s attacking division did all they could to get the next goal, but efforts from Jack Birch, making his debut, Sonal Thakrar and Thorpe all missed.
They were soon shown how it should be done at the opposite end as a move involving all four of the attacking division for the 2s ended with Gilmore making it 4-0.
By this point the 3s desperately needed to stop the flow of scoring against them and they did just that.
After shots from stand-in skipper Richard Hayward, Georgina Gilchrist and Morgan missed, Stevens got them a well-earned score, moving from under the korf into the centre of the half before getting a shot away before Gilmore could get within reach.
Almost immediately though, the four goal advantage was back as Hudson and Martin combined, with the latter catching Birch off the pace to run in and score.
Sherring then made it 6-1 after shaking off the defence of Gilchrist and this is how the scoreboard would end up reading at half time.
An uphill battle had developed for the 3s, but there given some hope not long after the break as Thorpe grabbed the ball on the left hand side of the court, turned 180 degrees and nailed his first goal in Highbury colours.
This would be the last time they would trouble the scoreboard though as the 2s notched six unanswered goals.
Martin’s pace got the better of Birch again as he and Laura Goulden combined for the 2s’ seventh goal before Light found himself in space to score his second after Thorpe and Birch’s efforts to gather a collect finished fruitless.
Gilmore got her second goal after the ball spilled out from under the korf into her direction and this was followed up by a wonderfully accurate shot by Rich to make it 10-2.
Martin completed his hat-trick halfway through the half with a shot next to the sideline after getting free from Dave Graham, who had come onto replace Birch.
Light completed his treble with six minutes remaining from the back of the court after some patient build-up.
The 3s were able to manoeuvre the ball around to create more chances, but they lacked the clinical touch required to close the score to a more respectable one.
There were plenty of positives to take for the 3s though with their defensive display standing up to an attacking unit who have hit the ground running this season coupled with the fact they were able to craft opportunities out.
Both teams have to wait until November 6th for their next matches with the 2s hosting Croydon 3s while the 3s travel to Millwall to take on Supernova 2s.