The fourth set of Cotswold Floorball League qualifying matches was completed last night. CCS continued their 100% run with two closely fought matches and a slightly easier victory at the end of their day. St Marys always prove to be strong opposition and it took a lpass out of defence by Alex Adams, dribble up the side wall by Angus Tombs and a pinpoint cross for Malachy Jones to push the ball home. A similar dribble and cross by Oliver Solomon allowed Ruby Farrell to score the second in a 2-0 win. Ilmington are another tough opponent and it took an early spell of bad luck to break the deadlock. Gabino Hernandez-Hall had already made two excellent saves to deny a CCS attack, but succumbed to a clearance which was hit hard into Adams, then bounced off an unlucky defender and into the net. Farrell soon made it 2-0 after Solomon again took on several defenders up the right flank. Ilmington started their comeback with another fluke goal when a Joe Lewis pass bounced past the keeper off a defender. CCS survived a late spell of pressure to hold on to the 2-1 win. Shipston, with no substitutes to call on, had a good start when a senior player was consigned to the sin-bin. However, Adams took advantage of the extra space to score a short handed goal. Shipston then used the extra player to mount a series of attacks, forcing Josh Rushby into a series of saves. From one of these the ball went to Adams who scored once more. Solomon robbed a defender to put CCS three up. Jackson Aylott forced the Shipston keeper, Phineas Sayer, into some great saves before making it 4-0 to the seniors. The game was extended for a few minutes and it was in this time that Shipston produced their best attacks. The last of these produced a penalty shot which was well converted by Zak Hill.
Ilmington went on to defeat Shipston 2-0, Jensen Armstrong scoring both times. The first was from a penalty shot after a defender had illegally blocked a goal bound shot on the line. Armstrong alos opened his team's account against Shipston. Rhys Devereux's shot made it 2-0 after taking several strange deflections, followed by Lewis's second goal of the night ... a deft left handed tip ... and Will Morris, lurking unmarked at the back post soon made it 4-0. Shipston again showed good form late in the game, Aswin Kumar and Sayer (now out of goal) netting after breakaways. Shipston's best play was against St Marys, but they could not get past a resolute defence despite having the majority of the attacks. Jacob Smith took one of Saint's few chances to earn a 1-0 win which may yet prove useful when they play three more teams later in the year.
Ilmington are nicely placed in top qualifying place, but are closely followed by Temple Guiting, who they have yet to play.
CCS 2-0 St Marys
CCS 2-1 Ilmington
CCS 4-1 Shipston
Ilmington 4-2 Shipston
Ilmington 2-0 St Marys
St Marys 1-0 Shipston
Next week the Girls' League matches start when CCS, holders St Davids, St James, St Catharines and Bourton on the Water meet.