Match reports from Sat 8th October

Posted by Nobody on 9 October 2016

Men’s Hockey League North Conference
Sheffield Hallam 3-1 Oxton
A flurry of four goals in five minutes settled last Sunday’s Men’s Hockey League match in favour of Sheffield Hallam. After the disappointment of the previous week’s trip to Olton, the Abbeydale outfit were keen to bounce back with a win against North Conference new boys, Oxton.
Sheffield Hallam were disciplined and patient, moving the ball around the back with confidence as Oxton were forced to play a chasing game. The visitors’ frustration was evident as time and again Hallam’s patience was rewarded with numerous attacks as space opened up.
However, it wasn’t until the thirty first minute that the home side found themselves one up after good work from Matt Anderson out wide on the right. A perfectly timed run in to space allowed him to receive, control and then run the ball in to the Oxton shooting circle, setting up Toby Sadri for his first goal at national league level.
Sheffield immediately extended their lead with Josh Darlington notching his second of the season. Having scored the winner against Leek two weeks ago, but had to sit out of last week’s defeat having lost all of his kit in a coach fire whilst returning from a fixture in Manchester with the Sheffield University side. Darlington was on hand to turn in Adam Price’s cross, beating Olly Green in the Oxton goal for the second time in a minute.
With the Sheffield celebrations having just ceased, Oxton hit back and scored a goal themselves. On reflection, Hallam will be disappointed not to have taken the opportunity to clear the ball when they had the chance to. Instead, Oxton seized on a moment of indecision and brought themselves back in to the game through Neil Worrall.
Previous incarnations of this Sheffield side may have buckled at this point, but instead the team in red came back fighting and with the final play of the half re-established their two goal cushion after Liam Brown got his stick on the end of an Andrew Jackson cross. Meanwhile, between the sticks, Josh Parkinson was again keeping the opposition at bay with a string of important stops.
Meanwhile the second team had to be content with a 2-2 draw from their North Division Two match away at Doncaster. The game was slightly frustrating as Sheffield dominated vast portions of the game but simply didn't move the ball on as easy and quickly they had the previous week. Goals from James Legg with nutmeg from a tight angle after a nice move down the baseline and a first for Sheffield from Ewan Swann after the ball was smashed across a crowded circle. Swann trapped and then slapped the ball in from close range.
The Ladies first team came unstuck against Yorkshire rivals Wakefield, losing by a solitary goal. The Ladies second team were able to notch their points of the season with two 3-3 draws over the weekend. On Saturday Ciara Whelan scored two and Sally Rawlings one against Chapeltown whilst on Sunday Rawlings bagged herself a hat trick!

Ladies 3s 3-2 Chapeltown 2.

Play started straight away with an attack on the D by Lauren Bell. And we pretty much stayed in their d for the rest of the match. Izzy Urbanski scored a great rebound goal to get us started and Helen Burlend was on top form crashing two straight strikes from PC over the kicker but under regulation height to put us ahead. There were two counterattack goals against the run of play, but new girl goal keeper Charly Flay and full backs Anna BeckettBeckett and Rachel Spooner finished any hopes the chapel attack had of scoring any more. Jemima Mawson was imperious in defence and was having none of the chapel attack down the right. Girl of the game could have been anyone as the team pulled together really well and made every 50-50 ours. However you can't go past two goals so congrats to Helen Burlend and runner up Jemima Mawson for taking no prisoners on the R half.

M3 3-1 City of York 2s

Tough game against experienced opponents, M3s started slowly but gradually built a head of steam, with Chris Woodcock converting a neatly worked short corner mid-way through the first half. A second soon followed through birthday-boy-Baker, and M3s had taken control. However the break seemed to come at the wrong time, and a little intensity was lost leading to sloppiness and ill-discipline. Longson picked up a cheap green then Baker added one more card (yellow) to his collection and sat out for an extended sinbin. However the move of the match led to a goal for Josh Till, who played a one-two around the goalkeeper to put the game to bed. York came back strongly and pulled a goal back, but they never quite had the quality to get close and in the end M3s held out for a deserved victory.



M6 3-4 Doncaster 4

Robbed! Sheffield 6s lost to Doncaster 4s 4-3 in the last minute after a penalty flick was awarded. The first half was lackluster with us finishing 3-1 down, the teamwork left something to be desired and their pace was top notch. Bring on the second half and we came out the dugouts swinging! A good run of defending, goal keeping and a couple of goals brought us equal until the final minute when they had an unchecked break, good strike to the top left, past the keeper but hit Booner's shoulder. Fingers crossed for a miss or a save bit it didn't happen.

Frosty, short corner drag flick (surprise!)
Matt Abel, field goal on his debut match (we're probably losing him :( )
Jonty Barnicott, the equaliser (this one stays with us)


Sheffield Hallam 7ths vs Kingston upon Hull 3rds

3-1 win to Sheffield, first win of the season against a good hull side

Goals from Cooke, woolhouse and gemmell

2 from short corners so that practice we did at the start worked

Alex Findlater in goal made several excellent saves in goal throughout the game

Some excellent play and a good base to build on for next weeks trip away

Well done lads


I can't remember a time when the 8s won a game after going behind, now I do. 
Worksop 2 are a well organised side and we found it hard to create chances in open play as they sat deep and broke in numbers. We couldn't convert any of our 3/4 PCs and 0-0 at half time was no surprise. 
They really came out of the blocks in the second half and a crash ball into the box was deflected in within a minute or two of the restart.
We dug deep and after soaking up more pressure started moving the ball a lot better. A fantastic through ball from Phil Lumb split the defence and I managed to round the keeper and equalise soon afterwards.
The game opened up and we managed to go ahead after a Will McKane??? through ball saw me round the keeper again and squeeze it in from a tight angle on the back stick. 
Some stout defending saw the game out. I think both teams would have been happy with a draw.
Special mention to the guest appearance from Jan Rees who was certainly the busier keeper.

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