Match reports from Sat 15th/ Sunday 16th October

Posted by Nobody on 16 October 2016

England Hockey League: North Conference

Doncaster 2-1 Sheffield Hallam.

Yet again, a Sheffield Hallam old boy ruined an away day for Sheffield Hallam’s men’s hockey team. This time it was James Gunthorp, who transferred from the Abbeydale outfit, along the M18, to join Doncaster in the summer. Gunthorp popped up in the final minute of last Sunday’s Yorkshire derby to steal all three points for his new side.

It was a cruel blow for the Sheffield side who had battled hard against their local rivals. They turned around at half time having had an equal share of the first period a goal down. Alex Kerly had fired the home side in front on the half hour after Sheffield’s defence switched off momentarily.

Sheffield’s patient game allowed them to control long periods of the game and they were rewarded with an equaliser after forty eight minutes. Peter Neave, in his first season of National League hockey, played a wonderful ball to Toby Sadri. Sadri held the ball well before playing it under his arm back to Neave who had continued his run. Once he got to the end line, Neave pulled the ball back for Cameron Down to lift the ball elegantly over Ashley Watson on the Doncaster goal to register his first goal for Sheffield and his first goal at National League level.

Sheffield though they had taken the lead but Grady Wing was adjudged to have used the back of his stick when crossing the ball so the goal was disallowed. Doncaster themselves thought they had taken the lead as the ball was bundled over the back line. After initially being given the umpires conferred and ruled that Doncaster had kicked the ball in the build-up but that a Doncaster player had been intentionally fouled. The result of all this was a penalty flick for the home side. Tim Shelly, having missed one against Cannock last week stepped up in an attempt to make amends. However, he hadn’t banked on the athleticism of Josh parkins between the posts for Hallam. Parkinson’s full stretch dive kept the ball out and the scores level.

As the match entered the final minutes, both teams had chances to  claim all three points however, it was Doncaster who grabbed their opportunity and having dumped Sheffield out of the cup three weeks ago were also able to claim all three points from this encounter.

Next up its Cannock who are having a toroid time in the league this season. The midland’s club are former League Champions but have seen their squad decimated with seventeen squad players leaving over the summer. The match starts at 6:30pm on Saturday 22nd at Abbeydale.

Meanwhile, it was better news for the women’s first team as the returned from Kendal with all three points thanks to an excellent 3-1 victory. The goals came from Lucy Woodward, Abby Newton and Alex Buskwood.

The Men’s second team rescued a point at home to Huddersfield with a 3-3 draw. Trailing 2-0 to two early Hudderfield goals, the hosts rallied and pulled one back through Alex Molyneux. Huddersfield re-established their two goal lead before Joe Horne and then Akshay Ahitan levelled things for Sheffield.

The women’s second team saw their game on Saturday abandoned after 18 minutes following a head injury to one of the visiting Leeds Adel players. They got a full game in on Sunday, and more, as their cup game with local rivals, Sheffield University Bankers, went to penalty flicks. The match had finished one a piece but the visitors claimed local bragging rights, winning the shootout 5-2.

The men’s third team fared much better winning their local derby against Bankers 4-1. Two goals from Ray Wright, one from Harry Eddolls and one from Duncan Longson sealed all three points.

Other results

W3 3-2 Hull Hawks (Marni Greig, Izzy Urbanski, Michelle Hughes)

M4 0-2 Leeds 5

M5 4-1 v Leeds 6 (Dom Dunn 3, Matt Abel)

M6 0-0 Lindum 4

M7 1-2 Wakefield 8 (Ben Rhodes)

M8 2-0 Wakefield 7(Phil Harper and Abi Mohanamurali)

M9 4-2 Lindum 8 (Ethan Hindmarsh, Dylan Willets, Kareem Mahouf, Ben Shorter)

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