MENS 3RD XI - 22/09/2018 VS COP 3 (A)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 22/09/2018
HEADLINE: A loss, but a positive one!
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 2 NORTH
VENUE: City of Peterborough Hockey Club
The first league game of the season saw the 3s travel to Peterborough for their return to Division 2N. Missing a few regular players, emphasis was put upon keeping the ball, passing smartly and staying positive.
City started well and there were soon chances at both ends. City passed the ball well and worked as a team, moving the ball confidently up the pitch. After 10 minutes, Peterborough claimed their first goal, when an attacking player swung their stick, hitting the city player's stick out of the way, allowing the attacker to shoot and score. City didn't let this deter them; Southgate and D Fletcher both performed well on the left and right of the pitch, providing space and an outlet. Tiring work in the middle for L Sayer, Silvester and T Leonard, but they linked up well and fed the forwards.
A wayward pass led to a Peterborough attack, which resulted in a short corner. From this they scored to lead 2-0 at half time.
City came out strongly in the second half, despite being behind. Peterborough certainly had something to worry about, as Cooke, Kidner, and Breetske battled against their defence. A short corner breakdown for City led Peterborough on the counter attack, and despite the efforts of A Sayer and Ling at the back, couldn't stop the overload of players coming through.
City didn't give up, and their effort was rewarded with an expertly taken drag flick from R Leonard, gave City their first goal of the league season. Special mention to goal keeper Joe K who made many a fine save and was a presence throughout the game.
A loss, though a positive game for City, who were unsure of the level of hockey within Div 2N. If City continue like this, then it will not be long until they pick up their own points.
MOM: Dave Fletcher.
TYFC: Tom Ling