Men's First Team Match News

Posted by Mark Beavis on 3 October 2017

Men's Hockey League North Conference

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Men's Hockey League North Conference

Sheffield Hallam Men 1-4 Preston (21/10/17)

It was another frustrating afternoon for Sheffield Hallam's men and women as once again, for the fifth week running, neither side was able to produce a match winning performance. The men were up against fellow basement side Preston, who were also pointless going in to Saturday's encounter. Sheffield should have been 1-0 within the first minute after a great run by Toby Sadri to the baseline. However, he was unable to pull the ball back for any of the available Sheffield players to sweep the ball home. Instead, Matthew Potts in the visitor's goal was able to smoother the ball and kill the opportunity. Preston regrouped ad promptly went up the other end, won a penalty corner which Adam Wilson duly converted to give Preston the lead. Worse was to follow with twenty-five minutes on the clock. The normally ever reliable Ethan Chapman, misjudged an aerial ball which bounced to Keenon Quill who was able to round Josh Parkinson in the Sheffield goal to double Preston's lead.

With half time looming and with Sheffield having had the lion's share of the play, the frustration levels were rising. Eventually, after another weaving dribble by Will Hearne, Sheffield's Tom Brammer was able to smash the ball in to the roof of the net and score the side's first goal for two hundred and eighty minutes. However, the sides tuned around knowing that the home side had failed to capitalise on its territorial advantage and had not taken the numerous opportunities to score more than the solitary goal.

Sheffield continued to search for an equaliser in the second half but despite carrying on in the same vein as in the first, they simply couldn't find a way past the resolute Preston defence. Preston hit Sheffield hard on the counter break and got their rewards from yet another converted penalty corner. This time is was Kayon Sagno who applied the finish. With the clocking ticking down Wilson scored his second and Preston's fourth to complete a miserable afternoon for Sheffield.



Deeside Ramblers 4-0 Sheffield Hallam (15/10/17)

Sheffield Hallam had another frustrating weekend as they were soundly beaten 4-0 by Cheshire outfit, Deeside Ramblers. After a bright start in which the Sheffield should of capitalised, the home side opened the scoring against the run of play with a deflected crash ball which looped over visiting goalkeeper Josh Parkinson. Sheffield continued to mount pressure on the Deeside goal but despite their best efforts they went into half time 1-0 down. 

The second half got off to the worst possible start for Sheffield by conceding and second within the first three minutes of the restart. Some loose play in midfield as Sheffield sought a way back into the game resulted in further disappointment. The visitors conceded two penalty corners, both of which were converted to increase the score to 4-0. 

To their credit Sheffield continued to work hard to get something out of the game. Alas, despite their best efforts, Sheffield couldn't find the net since Will Hearne scored a penalty flick just before half time in the first game of the season. The side have now gone two-hundred and fortyfive minutes without scoring. Worst news was the serious injury to summer signing Matt Godden. The former Sheffield University Banker seemed to pull a hamstring and could be out for up to six weeks. 

Manager Steve Hipwell commented, "Fine margins were the difference between the two sides on the day. The scoreline doesn't reflect the effort the boys put in."

Sheffield Hallam 0-2 Nottingham Uni (8/10/17)

Last Sunday the Darlington brothers, Josh and Noah, lined up on opposing sides as Sheffield Hallam welcomed Nottingham University to Abbeydale. In the end, it was Nottingham's Noah Darlington who was able to claim the family bragging rights as his time left with all three points following a 2-0 win. 

Hallam will rue missed opportunities in the first half when they had the chance to gain reward for their dominance, whilst a lapse in concentration right on the half time whistle led to the teams turning around with the visitors leading 1-0. Down to ten men following Dylan Lim Hon's yellow card, a clumsy tackle in the Sheffield circle gave Nottingham a scoring opportunity from a penalty corner which Bertie Mortimer duly converted. 

Tom Brammer went close to levelling the scores before home keeper, Josh Parkinson, was called upon to save a penalty stroke. Will Hearne was creating the home side's best chances and it was he who laid on a great chance for Liam Brown to equalise. 

Nottingham extended their lead as Mortimer scored his second penalty corner to make it 2-0. Hearne again used his pace and skill to beat the visiting defenders only for his pass to evade any of the on rushing Sheffield forwards. 

This week the squad heads west to play Deeside Ramblers hoping to notch their first win if the season.

Sheffield Hallam 0-1 Durham University. (1/10/17)

Sheffield Hallam are still looking for their first points of the new season after losing their first home game of the season to reigning North Conference Champions, Durham University. The margin of victory was as slender as it gets with the visitors finishing the game celebrating a narrow 1-0 victory. The goal game in the unlucky thirteenth minute as mistakes amongst the home side were pounced upon by the visiting students who made their hosts pay dearly. It was Durham’s Freddie Foster who finished of a slick passing move after Sheffield turned the ball over close to their own defensive circle.

Despite the early setback, Sheffield fought their way back in to the match. Despite having less possession, they defended resolutely and were even able to mount their own attacks. Taylor Bland, making his home league debut, should have done better when presented with a superb chance in the latter stages of the first half.

Although Coach Will Hearne was quick to praise the defensive efforts of his team, he still felt there was much work to be done in front of goal. He would have been disappointed that the side only managed to win one penalty corner in the match and only Toby Sadri went close to scoring during an extremely tight second half.

This week, table topping Nottingham University are the visitors to Abbeydale, coached by former SHC goalkeeper, Jamie Cachia. He has former SHC midfielder and current England under-21 Tom Sorsby in his side and will present the home side with their sternest challenge to date.


England Hockey League: Men's North Conference Bowdon 2-1 Sheffield Hallam (23/9/17)

Sheffield Hallam stated their North Conference programme with a disappointing lad against Cheshire side Bowdon.  The team we're playing their first competitive game under the leadership of new coach Will Hearne. Hearne, who actually played for Bowdon last season, is starting his third stint with the Abbeydale outfit. Also following Hearne from Bowdon to Sheffield is David Knapton who had enjoyed three season in Sheffield red before a season away. Dave Measom completed the set of returning players having spent the last five seasons with Driffield. 

Meanwhile, four players made their debuts for Sheffield with Joel Gandhi and Matt Godden having completed summer moves from Sheffield University Bankers whilst youngsters Sam Tomlinson has signed from Norwich City and Taylor Bland from Bedford Town. The experienced Adam Fletcher completed the set of debutants after impressive performances in the reserves in previous seasons. 

The match was a typical early season encounter with both teams struggling to play fluid hockey. The home players seem to have been given instructions to bundle former team mate Hearne off the ball whenever possible. The attempts to unsettle him worked and the player coach was the first to see a card and have to take an enforced rest on the naughty step. 

Bowdon took the lead in the 12th minute from a penalty corner. After a good save by Josh Parkinson in the Sheffield goal Sam Cooke pounced on the rebound to give the home side the lead.

Sheffield didn’t let their heads drop and withstood plenty of Bowdon pressure. In between time they mounted their own and were eventually able to force a penalty corner of their own. Sheffield’s shot hit a Bowdon defender on the line resulting in a penalty stoke being awarded. Hearne stepped up and duly slotted home to level the scores (pictured).

The game remained fairly even with both sides having chances. The pendulum swung the home side’s way when Scott Bristowe received his marching orders having been given a green card for knocking the ball away at a Bowdon free hit. After venting his frustrations at the umpire his suspension was upgraded to a five minute sit down. Unfortunately, in his anger he flung his stick to the floor and received a red card for his behaviour. With the away side down to ten men for the final twenty five minutes of the match it was only a matter of time until Bowdon found a winner. Sure enough, Hugh Wickert scored what proved to be the winner, again from a penalty corner after the first shot had been saved. Liam Brown went close to equalising in the dying minutes but watched on agonisingly as his shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

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