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Army Have 'Progressed' From Remembrance Loss, Says Head Coach

"What did go in our favour was the boys learning from that experience," according to Captain Sean Birchnall.

The Army Men’s Senior Team have learnt the lessons from their Remembrance loss, according to head coach Captain Sean Birchnall.

In Nottingham, they lost to their German counterparts but bounced back nicely with a 3-0 win over Middlesex.

Goals from Adam Wakley, Dan Stoneman and an own goal from George Ehui sealed the win for the Army and returned the winning feeling to the camp.

After the game, Capt Birchnall was in good spirits about his side’s performance. He said: “It’s a real challenge.

"Getting the players here is always a challenge. Getting them to understand what we want them to do is challenge.

"A performance like that tonight is worth the effort."

A solid performance on a cold night in Aldershot was exactly what was needed to get over the loss to Germany.
A solid performance on a cold night in Aldershot was exactly what was needed to get over the loss to Germany.

A 3-1 defeat in the match that marked the centenary of Armistice Day was disappointed for the Army boss, but he believes the lessons learnt from the result will pay off in the long run.

He said: “What did go in our favour was the boys learning from that experience and taking the confidence that we gained into the game tonight.

“The result was obviously a negative, but I think from a positive point of view, the boys have experienced playing in front of a big crowd in a big stadium.

"They now have a bit of belief in how we are asking them to play. Obviously from the result tonight, that’s where we have progressed too.”

The win came in the Southern Counties Championship which is a competition that the Army head coach sees as a valuable test.

“They are obviously competitive games,” he said. “You’ve seen tonight that Middlesex have come up here with a strong squad on a heavy pitch because of the rain. It’s tested us in more ways than one.”

For the Army, attention now turns to preparing for the Inter-Services Championship in March. They host the RAF in the opener but in their second game, they go away to the Navy in a rare change of schedule.

“We’ve actually got the first game and the third game. We don’t normally get that,” he said. “We normally get the first and the second game so we’ve actually got quite a big break between the two games.

"Depending on how the first game goes, we’ll certainly know what we’ve got to do when we go down to Yeovil to play the Navy."