It has certainly been a mixed start to the season for us.

We began well with a comfortable win against Lee Valley, but they never stopped working and we had to ensure we played to our potential.

The result against Streatham was disappointing and our overall performance was poor. This was from top to bottom and includes myself. Our decision making was not right and we didn’t play as a team. A few words were said in the room after the game but as a group we all knew it was unacceptable. I have to say Streatham had a game plan and executed it really well.

We asked for a response at Invicta last Saturday. It’s a tough rink to visit and they play a very aggressive form of hockey. The character and level of performance showed that when we play smart hockey we can beat anyone on the day. Every single guy who played that game put a shift in, which was fantastic to see. The results already this season show that if you do not turn up ready to play, you are there for the beating.

We have another tough game at home against Invicta this weekend. It will be another real test. We will have some more guys back in the line-up which will help. The crowd will be a huge boost to us. You all make the Palace a rink teams do not want to visit.

I would like to pass on my best wishes to Pents as he leaves us to play NIHL1 hockey. Pents is a great guy and a fantastic player. He will be missed but we are strong as a group and as a management team we are exploring options.

A big congratulations to Stu Appleby on his 100th game for the Huskies. He is really Mr Haringey through and through.

Also, a speedy recovery to Ryan Payne who had a freak leg break in the Streatham game. I’m sure he will be back before we know it.

Coach Samps