Round-up: saturday 22nd October.

Posted by Nobody on 23 October 2016

England Hockey League: North Conference

Sheffield Hallam 2-2 Cannock

Sheffield Hallam’s men fought back to draw two apiece against Cannock under the Abbeydale lights last Saturday night. Cannock are former English champions and were regular contenders in European competitions until more recently, their decline capped off with relegation to the North conference at the end of last season. However, they were still able to muster a strong quad with bags of national league experience including former international, Harry Jawanda.

It was Hallam who were out of the blocks the quickest, winning a penalty corner in only the second minute. Andrew Jackson, missing from last week’s defeat at Doncaster after a training ground head injury, stepped up to fire the ball past Mike Gerrard in the Cannock goal (pictured below).

Sheffield’s lead only lasted three minutes after a lapse in concentration exposed the home defence. Jackson was forced to make a rash challenge and was shown a green card and forced to sit out for two minutes. The resulting corner was despatched past Josh Parkinson in the Hallam goal by Callum Stacey to level the scores at one all.

The rest of the first half was fairly even with both sides carving out chances and winning corners. It was the visitors though who made theirs count, taking the lead in the 33rd minute. Cannock were able to quickly turn defence in to attack, counter attacking at pace down the length of the field, the ball eventually falling to Cullum Mackenzie who finished from a tight angle.

The frenetic pace of the first half was match in the second as both sides went looking for goals. Hallam stood and kept Cannock at bay. As the match wore on and with Toby Sadri proving a handful for the visiting defenders, Hallam started to believe they could salvage something. Their efforts were rewarded with nine minutes to go when Jackson was able to convert a second penalty corner, taking his tally of league goals to four. There was even the chance of a winner in the final two minutes but on this occasion the ball become stuck under Jackson’s stick and he was unable to make his shot at goal.

The league takes a break this coming week before resuming on the 6th November when Bowdon, complete with five ex-Sheffield Hallam players are in town.

The women’s first team also had to settle for a draw against local rivals, Doncaster. In a match dominated by the visitors, Sheffield will be pleased to have come out of this one with a point. Free scoring Doncaster had racked up scores of 5-1 and 6-1 in their previous outing, which put in perspective the efforts of the Sheffield team. Fi Small got the all-important goal, finishing off a nice move with just three minutes left on the clock. The 1-1 draw leaves Sheffield 6th in the table of 12.

The men’s second team made the three hour trip to Morpeth but returned with all three points. Harry Eddolls, on his second team debut, opened the scoring from open play before Morpeth equalised to turn around all square at 1-1. Tom Brammer, returning after suspension, netted from a penalty corner to make it 2-1 with Alex Molyneux making it 3-1 with fifteen minutes to play. Morpeth pulled one back but Hallam held on for the win.

Other Results:

M3 won 2-1 against Lindum 2nds. Craig Hilton with two goals in the final ten minutes.

M5 won 8-2 against Rotherham 2nds with 4 goals from Will Lacey and single strikes from Tom Oldale, Tom Cooper, Freddie Ward and Dom Dunn.

W2 drew 0-0 away At Airedale 1s

W3s and W4s unfortunately didn't get to play their games as opponents Doncaster Independent 1 and Phoenix 1 were short of players - the good news is that W3s/W4s had a good practice match at Abbeydale and both sides should receive 3-0 walkovers from the Women's League.

All in all it was good weekend with 5 wins, 3 draws and no defeats (walkovers included)!

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