Bottle Match: CSM vs RSM Men’s Hockey

Written by Adam Hinchliff-Walz |

CSM Hockey have brought the Bottle back to Falmouth after a commanding display gave them a deserved victory. CSM’s intensity caused problems for the home side and proved too much as they ran in 4 goals against their opponents.

The first half saw CSM have most of the chances with their first short corner of the match coming in only the 2nd minute. The game was end to end for the next few minutes as both teams had chances but CSM would have felt in control on the 9th minute as RSM’s number 17 was shown a yellow card and had to leave the field of play.

This was counteracted however as CSM were shown a yellow card of their own, evening up the numbers in the 12th minute. RSM then had several chances with only a goal-line clearance by Marv Lear denying the hosts an opener in the 15th minute.

This signalled a turning point in the game as CSM pushed towards RSM’s goal, they had the ball in the net in the 18th minute but it was ruled out for a foul.

The next few minutes saw a flurry of chances for CSM, the best of which was a great move resulting in a 3 on 1 scenario that was narrowly missed. The pressure finally paid off for CSM as Harry Guest scored in the 26th minute to put CSM 1-0 ahead. They weren’t done there as they scored again only three minutes later with Harry Guest again finding the net to get his second of the match.

RSM seemed to gain some composure after the second goal and the emphasis changed as they threatened the CSM line, this culminated in what turned out to be their only goal of the game as a well worked short corner saw the net bulge in the 31st minute, making it 2-1.

The play was then back in the RSM half as CSM forced four long corners in two minutes. In the final minute of the half, RSM forced a characteristically great save from CSM’s keeper, Bradley Sharp, and CSM were worthy leaders going in to the second half.

The second half saw a continuation of CSM’s intensity as they forced a few short corners in quick succession, but they failed to make them pay. An unusual attack from RSM saw another great save in the 38th minute, only for RSM’s keeper to pull off an equally good save minutes later as CSM continued to threaten their goal.

CSM continued to push forward and had three shots saved in as many minutes as the RSM keeper continued to play well. Another goal was coming though and in the 52nd minute Harry Guest completed his hat-trick as a shot bounced through the RSM keeper’s legs and into the goal to make it 3-1 to CSM.

 RSM proved that they were still a threat however, forcing two good saves from Bradley Sharp from short corners, both in the 55th minute. For the next 5 minutes RSM continued to threaten with several short corners that were all dealt with well.

CSM managed to break in the 61st minute and Seb Gibbs created enough space to squeeze the ball over the line from a tight angle to make it 4-1.

CSM continued to threaten in the final 10 minutes and looked most likely to score, in the 69th minute they had the ball in the net again, only for it to be ruled out for a foul.

 The half ended with a characteristic flurry of shots from CSM, but they were unable to add to their impressive score line and the match finished 4-1 to CSM.

The score did not flatter CSM in what proved to be a great, fast paced, match in which they managed to overcome the home side.