GS: Kip Ward 1-PS Matt Dewhurst 1-PC CARDS: YELLOW: Pat Ward
Narrow defeat for Sheffield Hallam 7’s
A late start at Leeds for the 7’s, as the clock ticked past 4.30pm before we got on the pitch at Leeds Becket University. Only one umpire appeared, so Rob Ward stepped in to get us going.
Leeds started in impressive style, switching the ball at speed and creating surging runs towards our goal. It took us ten minutes to get ourselves accustomed to what was going on before we started to put together some useful attacks of our own. From one of these, Kip Ward collected the ball inside the D and moved towards the goal, only to be stick-tackled out of possession. Rule Number 1: Don’t tackle the umpire’s son like that!! Penalty Flick!! After some moments of delay, while nobody looked remotely interested in taking the penalty, up stepped the least experienced member of the side (Kip), to slot it home: 1-0.
Almost immediately we won a short corner with another impressive attack. Kris Woolhouse injected, Jamie McKane stopped, Kip Ward slipped the ball and Matt Dewhurst crashed it home: 2-0! Now we were playing fluently, but also under a fair degree of pressure from the opposition who realized they had a game on their hands. A number of short corners were repelled due to some fine goalkeeping by Oscar Spooner, and we were holding firm.
It was the European Day of Languages last week, but the 2nd Umpire (who had now arrived ) didn’t take kindly to Pat Ward’s use of the Anglo-Saxon vernacular, and produced the first Yellow card of the season. Eventually, the pressure started to tell, and from a scrappy short corner scramble, Leeds got one back before half-time.
They ranked up the pressure immediately after half-time, and equalised quickly, before going in front from a very quickly taken free hit. However, at this point our young side showed their impressive battling qualities, and competed strongly all over the pitch, in search of drawing level. It wasn’t to be, as Leeds held on to win 3-2.
A great learning experience for our younger members. There had been resolute defence from Luke Middleton, Harry Curtis, Oliver Jones and Adam White; and Freddie Ward and Luke Russell competed well in midfield.
A small band stayed behind at the Leeds clubhouse after the game, and were rewarded with 3 giant pizzas between four of them. Alas – we were defeated again, and couldn’t finish them, although there were impressive performances from Luke Middleton and Matt Dewhurst (5 slices each) !