|Date||5 March 2016|
|Opposition||Huddersfield Drgns 4|
|Result||W 3 - 1|
GS: Ian Russell 2-PC,F Kip Ward 1-F
CARDS: GREEN: Ian Russell
Huddersfield Dragon’s 4’s 1 Sheffield Hallam 7’s 3
A drive through the snowy hills of Yorkshire to a late afternoon game in the Lockwood valley, and the scene was set for another successful match. What better than to see the sun going down over the hills, glinting off the stunning Victorian viaduct, and listening to the dulcet tones of Ian Russell ranting at the Umpire! I timed it at 2 minutes, 57 seconds, an impressive record even for Ian. The said umpire appeared to have a medical problem soon after, because he needed a lengthy consultation with Dr McKane, who assured him that his kidneys were in good working order, and we continued the game.
A slick Ward – Dewhurst – Ward move at a short corner saw the goalkeeper save Matthew’s shot, before Ian stopped talking just long enough to put the rebound in the net. Almost straight away, we went into casual “we’ve got this game won” mode, conceded a short corner, and a rather fortuitous equaliser. Frustration developed, more complaining at decisions, and soon the umpire was back in focus. From afar, he seemed to be suggesting that Ian Russell had forgotten to buy a Mother’s Day card, and that he should go and get one immediately (a green one, apparently). Off Ian trotted to sort it out.
The umpires’ warning at half-time that a daffodil-coloured card might be the next appropriate mother’s day gift for anyone who wanted to question any decisions had its desired effect, and we concentrated on hockey in the second half. With Freddie Ward spraying passes around, and the forwards running rampant, it was only a matter of time before Matthew Dewhurst picked up a pass from Luke Russell, broke into the area, and squared the ball for, yes- that man again – Ian Russell to slot it home. We now moved into ‘jug avoidance’ territory, as Ian spurned the 27 chances he had to get his hat trick, although the goalkeeper must be given some credit for his saves. Late in the game Kip Ward, who had had a couple of shots cleared off the line, finally got a reverse stick shot to hit the backboard, and we had chalked up another win: ten points out of the last twelve! One more game to go.....