Weekly Hockey Roundup – Mens’ Teams (24th of January)

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Weekly Hockey Roundup – Mens’ Teams (24th of January)
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This was posted by Lincoln Hockey Club prior to the creation of Lindum Hockey Club

Last Week’s Results

Team Opposition Location Result
Mens 1st Team Slazengers 1 Home Lose 4 – 2
Mens 3rd Team Doncaster 6 Away Win 3 – 2
Mens 4th Team Slazengers Home Draw 2 – 2

 

1st Team Match Report

Welcome to only the second match report from the 1st mens team this season, in fact possibly only the second match report for a long time.

But here goes… we lost, and quite spectacularly as well. Perhaps it was not having a decent run of games since the new year, several games were postponed due to weather, which led to a disjointed performance but this is without doubt a game to forget. Not helped by several late withdrawals by some of our regulars but the bare eleven assembled were more than capable of playing to this standard. How wrong we were, when within two minutes of our own push back the visitors pumped the ball up front. Stand-in goalkeeper Pete Richards followed the ball to the dead ball line which allowed enough time for the right wing to beat him and the near post to fire in from the tightest of angles. 1-0 became 2-0 when the Lincoln defence went missing for the centre forward to tap in.

James Coffey didn’t help matters when he turned his knee within 10 minutes ending his involvement for the afternoon, and as if things couldn’t get any worse Andy Wright had to come on and play centre forward. Nevertheless, Lincoln fought on and were rewarded when Fraser Kearsey stole in at a goalmouth scramble following a short corner. James Hillsmith’s mazy solo run on the right wing saw him cut back from the dead ball line and chop the ball in to restore parity. The second half if anything saw Lincoln’s performance dip even further as there seemed to be a constant wall of green shirts whenever Lincoln tried to move the ball around. On more than more occasion, Lincoln were caught out the back when several 2 on 1 and 3 on 1 breakaways occurred (Billy Marwaha needs to understand the meaning of marking in hockey). A combination of lack of composure on Slazengers part and stout defending Lincoln from Geoff Ngao and Matt Powell ensured this amounted to nothing more. Indeed, the latter was probably fortunate not to concede a penalty flick when barging his marker off the ball to deny an almost certain goal. Slazengers killed the game off with 2 short corner strikes which perhaps could have been better dealt with. All in all, a bad day in the office. The only positive that can be taken from this is Lincoln were more than a match for Slazengers but must be switched on and 100% committed from the first whistle to the last.

 

3rd Team Match Report

Apparently the weather was meant to be warmer but again it was going to be a cold match with a 15:00 push back at Doncaster. On the back of a couple of good wins, the 3s wanted to continue with their winning ways and started this game in the same way with the ball being moved around well, but unfortunately the final shot not coming off. As more ‘interesting’ umpire decisions seemed to affect the final ball, we started to resort back to the crash ball technique and for once Harry showing great commitment (and not being taken out by their Goal Keeper) managed to get a touch on a ball from Chris Lendon for the first score of the afternoon. (1-0).

The run of play seemed to switch with some Lincoln passes being intercepted which saw Doncaster pressing hard with some good running from their forwards (possibly some poor marking – but the writer is claiming the ‘right to silence’ to avoid self-incrimination) eventually leading to the equaliser (1-1).

This seemed to give the team a kick it needed and after some good linking passes up front between Kurtis and Lendon their efforts were awarded a short corner which saw our striker score from a flick, not his best but they all count. (2-1).

Tom continued with his increasingly dependable excellent performance in goal and using his ‘Cat like’ hockey reactions was the only reason the half ended with Lincoln in the lead.

The second half proved to be very tight with many decisions not going the Lincoln way, which started to prove frustrating, with more and more crucial decisions falling on Doncaster’s side. Doncaster continued to press hard and sometimes running over players only for Lincoln to be deemed to have obstructed saw more short corners at the Lincoln end and unfortunately Doncaster scored in the right corner after a switching the strike, (some may suggest the writer being at fault but the ‘right to silence’ again being claimed) (2-2).

More and more chances started to come with Lincoln running well with midfield and forwards all working well together. Not that the 3s like to make things hard work but more and more chances on goal went wide leaving the team still needing the elusive winning goal.The Doncaster forwards continued to press hard with ‘Bras’ and Chris Topham very close to one in particular much to his annoyance. With the minutes ticking by, we used our pace and broke once again into the ‘D’ scoring with a shot coming off the keepers’ pads, much to their annoyance and even with complaints to the umpire the goal stood (3-2) to keep the 3rd’s 2015 winning streak unbroken.

For his great keeping and brilliant reactions throughout the game Tom was awarded Man of the Match.

 

Next Week

Menss 1st Team vs. Sheffield Hallam 4

Mens 2nd Team vs. Leeds 8

Mens 3rd Team vs. Chapletown 3

 

Sunday the 1st of February

Veterans Team vs. Huddersfield

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