W4 promoted

Posted by Mark Beavis on 27 March 2018

The celebrations continued this week at Abbeydale as the women’s fourth team made it a hat-trick of promotions for the Sheffield Hockey Club. After a fabulous season in Division Five of the Yorkshire Leagues, the squad learned the news that third placed Epworth could only manage a draw at Wakefield, meaning Sheffield found themselves top of the table with an unassailable lead over the team in third place. Epworth were effectively eliminated from the promotion chase the previous week after Sheffield’s emphatic 9-0 victory. Weighing in with the goals were Vikki Beavis with a hat trick, Estelle Wade and Beth Spooner with a brace each and individual efforts from Sarah Andrzejowski and Rachel Mead. They will now try and secure the title after the Easter break with an away trip to thirteenth placed Chapeltown, which will also serve as a useful warm-up for their Yorkshire Cup Final against Slazengers the following week.

Meanwhile, the women’s second team had more to celebrate as they were confirmed as Division One champions with two games still to go. Their 5-0 win over Lindum put the side out of reach of second placed Halifax. The goals came from Maddie Hendry, Millie Lawrence, Hannah Shorter, Hana Horsefield and a penalty corner strike from Stefanie Lowry.

The men’s second team kept up the pressure on league leaders Doncaster as they beat relegation threatened Stokesley 4-0. Joe Horne and Adam Fletcher scored in the first half with Alex Molyneux adding a brace in the second. The side will need to hold their nerve against third placed Brigg, who are level on points with the Abbeydale outfit, and ensure they beat Leeds in their final two games of the season. Should they secure second place, then they will meet the runner up in Division Two-West in a playoff to determine who goes in to Division One.

Joe HorneAlex Molyneux

Joe Horne, Adam Fletcher and Alex Molyneux.

Unfortunately, the women’s first team succumbed to the far superior Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, losing 3-0. A point from either of their final two games should be enough to keep them up on goal difference but if not, Wakefield will probably overtake them as they are likely to pick up three points against fellow strugglers Kendal.

The men’s first team had a better weekend, beating Deeside Ramblers 4-2 on Saturday and drawing with fellow Yorkshire side Leeds the following day. Against Ramblers, Sheffield raced in to a 3-0 lead inside the first twenty minutes with goals from Akshay Ahitan, Will Hearne and Liam Brown. However, after that they seemed to stop playing and let Deeside dictate more of the running. With fifteen minutes still to go in the game, Deeside had pulled the score back to 3-2 before Tom Brammer notched one in the final minute to win the match 4-2.

 

On Sunday Leeds stuck first after just five minutes. It was the spur Hallam needed as they grew in strength and dictated play for the rest of the half. Half time came and went and eventually Hallam’s superiority paid off with a wonderful equaliser from Brown, scoring his second of the weekend. The home side were ahead in the forty-eighth minute through Cameron Down but almost immediately Leeds grabbed an equalizer. Leeds thought they had won the game in the final minute but they were adjudged to have taken the penalty corner too quickly and were forced to take it again which Sheffield duly blocked to claim an important point as the match finished in a 2-2 draw.

The weekend’s efforts ensured National League hockey will continue to be played at Abbeydale and with an away trip to bottom placed Cannock still to play, the side aim to clinch fifth place. Should they avoid defeat against Cannock, not only will they achieve their highest position of the season but it would also make them the top team in Yorkshire. The side also have an England Hockey Cup quarter final against Bowdon to look forward to.

 

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