GS: Freddie Ward 1-PC
BANKERS SWEEP UP THE ICE AND THE POINTS
There was a prolonged warm-up at Abbeydale on Saturday morning, as many volunteers, and players from both sides picked up the snow shovels to clear the ice off the pitch.
Sheffield University Bankers players' were particularly prominent, showing great teamwork in combining in a five-man formation to try to clear the pitch, as the bitterly cold wind tested everyone’s resolve.
45 minutes late, we got underway, and our tactics of trying to keep the game tight at the beginning seemed to be much more effective than our gung-ho strategy in previous games, when we had shipped plenty of goals.
Impressive midfield battling from Freddie Ward, Zak Lovell, Kris Woolhouse and Ravi Padam meant that Bankers couldn’t settle on the ball, or dominate possession.
Kip Ward and Tom Woodruff were getting plenty of ball up front, and looking dangerous.
A number of short corners were earned, and from the last of them Kip ‘s pass to Freddie was slotted home, to take the lead.
Bankers came back, exerting some pressure on our defence, but Oscar Spooner was in sharp form in goal, ably supported by Oliver Jones, Luke Middleton, Harry Curtis and Luke Russell in defence.
Just before half-time, a fine shot from a short corner beat everyone and the scores were level, just before half-time.
The half-time team talk started by saying how unlucky we were to be losing, only for someone to point out that we were actually drawing!
A senior moment! We reflected that we had played very impressively and needed to do more of the same in the second half.
Unfortunately, Bankers scored again early in the second half, with a well-worked goal. This only served to make us raise our game, but we were to come up against a formidable goalkeeping performance, from a man playing his first game of the season.
We had a series of short corners, but couldn’t break through: One double save from Kristian Woolhouse was astonishing; and Tom Woodruff got away for a one-on-one twice without managing to get past the keeper.
A fine third for bankers put the seal on their win, but we could certainly look back on an impressive and much-improved performance on our part, and en enjoyable game of hockey.
Thanks, all the snow and ice clearers!