|Date||11 October 2015|
|Opposition||Olton & WW|
|Result||D 2 - 2|
GS: Adam Price 15-PC Nick Mobbs 51-PC CARDS: GREEN: David Smith
Full of hope after last week's sterling performance against Bowdon, the team were in high spirits and fully hoped to secure all three points from this encounter. Unfortunately, the spoils were shared as the Men's first team recorded their third draw of the season, this time against Midlands outfit, Olton.
Sheffield rallied and started to play some neat hockey of their own but Olton were proving to be as stubborn as they were in both of last year’s encounters. Finally, the visitors slipped up and the umpire awarded a penalty corner. After the ball had been dragged out, skipper David Smith then sent the ball goal ward at pace for Adam Price to neatly deflect the ball in to the net for his first National League goal in over three years.
Sheffield went in search of another goal but all too often their frenetic pace led to too many turn overs rather than settling the game down and taking control of the ball. There are many an enthusiastic youngster in the side, with the willingness to run through brick walls, but experience at this level is lacking. Unfortunately, despite a number of opportunities to halt Olton in their tracks, the visitors found their way through the Sheffield press and had an easy opportunity to make it 2-1.
After a reflective half time chat, the team came out fired up and played with an intensity that Olton struggled to contend with. The team will be disappointed not to have taken advantage during this period of sustained pressure and the Midlanders held on to their slim lead.
Mobbs is a shining example of how the club are able to bring players on through the teams and in to the first team. Only a few seasons ago he was playing 4th team hockey on Yorkshire Division One but against Olton he was able to celebrate his first National League goal.