Kingston hockey men’s first team routed Imperial College School’s fifth team 16-0 in dramatic fashion in the second round of the Bucs Cup, on Wednesday afternoon at Surbiton Hockey Club.
It only took Kingston 10 minutes to hit their level of last season’s cup run, after Ben Spenser opened the scoring with a smart low chip over the keeper.
Spenser was in superb form scoring seven goals, one of which came minutes after the first goal, through a neat Kingston move which saw Spenser finish it off with a reverse shot.
Spenser said: “I did enough of my job well. I don’t want to get big headed because we played against weak opposition which are not our standard, so it’s difficult to judge how we played as a team.
“The whole team would say I should have passed a bit more but futuristically speaking I would like to get a goal a game in this season’s cup competition.”
Kingston did not take their foot off the gas as their talismanic man Spenser taped in a superb baseline pass from Keith Stone in the 13th minute.
Imperial seemed out of sight as Kingston continued to turn up the heat after their new boy Will Calnan, who is an England under 21’s international rising star, scored from the top of the D with a beautiful reverse stick shot in the 18th minute.
The holders were unstoppable and brushed Imperial aside after Keith Stone, who scored six goals, opened his game with a simple neat finish, which left the keeper absolutely bamboozled with Kingston extending their lead to 5-0.
Kingston began the second half with 11 outfield players after their keeper transitioned to a kicking back.
Kingston starlet Keith Stone picked up from where he left off in the first half with a simple finish, after a great piece of team work which opened it up for him.
Keith said: “It was important for us to get a big win under our belts after our two defeats in the league. We’re the cup holders already so it was important for us to defend it. It was also nice for me to get on the score sheet too.”
Henk Jan Zwiggelar, who is another experienced Cougar, ended the game with a sumptuous lob shot in the 65th minute.
Kingston’s captain Henry Robinson said: “It was a good game for us. It was nice to get to the third round of the cup. As a team we played well and passed the ball well.”
Imperial’s Michael Abu Abdullah said: “The opposition played well but it was a good learning curve for us and we aim to get better.”