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Cardiff & Met had a slow start to the National league with 1 loss and 1 draw on the road. However, two strong wins at home and a tough win away from home; see Cardiff & Met in 2nd place currently in the MHL Conference West at the end of October.

The opening match of the season saw Cardiff & Met travel the sort distance across the bridge, to the University of Bristol. The home team took their chances and a 3-1 win in their opening match in the National League, a disappointing day for Cardiff & Met. The second league fixture saw Cardiff & Met travelling again. With an improved performance from the previous week, Cardiff was pleased to pick up a point, in a 2-2 draw with Olton away.

On Sunday 14th October, Cardiff & Met began their home fixtures at the Sport Wales National Centre. The first team welcomed to the National Hockey Centre was Havant. A strong 4-0 win, with goals from Alf Dinnie, Jack Pritchard and Ioan Wall. The fourth goal came from youngster Ellis Robson, his first National League goal for Cardiff & Met.

Cardiff & Met were determined to continue their unbeaten home run, welcoming Isca a week later. Cardiff & Met were dominant and finally found the back of the net in the 51st minute through Rhys Gowman. Isca responded instantly; a thrilling encounter for a neutral supporter. However, Cardiff & Met were determined to gain the three points. This was evident when they scored two goals in the final minute through Ellis Robson and Ioan Wall.

The final weekend of October, saw Cardiff & Met travel to Oxford Hawks. In an exciting encounter, Cardiff & Met gained their first win on the road. With a hat trick from forward Jack Pritchard and a fourth goal from Rhys Bradshaw, a 4-1 win was secured.

Head Coach, Walid Abdo reflects on the opening month of the season:

I am happy with where we are at, at this moment physically, mentally and tactically. We’ve had some good back to back results but we still have a long way to go to achieve the perfect game. With each week, we are building, enabling us to compete in this league and the upcoming European competitions. The boys look happy and fresh and I’m excited about their potential.

Report: Rebecca Daniels Picture: Irfon Bennett


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