Coach Bristow has experience to get the club back on track

Chris Bristow
Chris Bristow

Eastbourne Hockey Club were harshly brought back down to Earth last weekend after they suffered a 9-0 hammering at the hands of Chichester.

The Saffrons outfit were flying high ahead of the match after an impressive opening-day victory over Milton Keynes.

However, they couldn’t build upon what they had described as a ‘hugely important psychological advantage’ to record the same result when they travelled to Chichester on Saturday.

David Adelston’s men failed to handle the home side’s playmaker Martin Gough, who netted six times as his side romped to victory.

Adelston said, “It was a bit of a disaster really.

“I think it was a lack of experience that really cost us and just a case of the players trying to force the goals too quickly.

“In hockey, you have to build it up and that is something that comes with more experience.

“They didn’t look after the ball and gave it away too often. Against a side of Chichester’s experience, you get punished for your mistakes and I think the boys realise that now.”

This weekend, Eastbourne welcome another tough side in the shape of Oxford University, who have won both of their fixtures so far this season.

Oxford recorded a comprehensive 8-0 victory when the sides met at their stomping ground last season , but Eastbourne did triumph 5-4 in the reverse fixture at the Saffrons.

Adelston said, “I think home advantage does play a big part.

“Oxford are a very good side though. They’re coached by John Shaw, who’s a former GB International.

“It will be a tough match, without a doubt. The guys must pick themselves up after last weekend and not let it affect them come Saturday.”

Among all of the disappointment though, Adelston was quick to praise the club’s new first team coach Chris Bristow, who joined at the start of the season.

Adelston said, “Chris, with all his experience, is an excellent guy to have around and he’s doing a great job here.

“There’s only a certain amount he can do from the sidelines though, then it’s out of his control.

“He was just as disappointed as everyone else after the result last weekend.”