Wilmslow Hockey Club match reports – 11/11/19



Wilmslow men lose 100% record


Durham University Men’s – 2

Wilmslow Men’s 1s – 1

Wilmslow started slowly in a tetchy opening from both teams.

Durham set their game plan out early and were content to sit deep and absorb pressure before trying to hit Wilmslow on the counter.

Wilmslow struggled to break the Durham defence down, although they had two short corner chances which they couldn’t convert.

Durham took the lead midway through the first half with a strike from a short corner which looked to have deflected in off a defender’s stick.

Wilmslow had a short corner chance at the end of the first half but couldn’t capitalise and went in behind at the break.

The men in orange grabbed the initiative in the second half and upped the intensity of their play and the pressure on the Durham defence, which started to show signs of cracking.

Wilmslow finally took a short corner chance when Simon Swatland equalised by lifting the ball over the keeper from a rebound after Mike Sambell’s initial strike was saved.

Wilmslow were in the ascendency but couldn’t capitalise on their territorial advantage, and Durham were fortuitously awarded a short corner after they played the ball dangerously past Wilmslow players’ heads in the circle.

Durham converted their corner to win it at the death and consign Wilmslow to a first defeat of the season.


Wilmslow Men’s 2s – 3

Southport Men’s 1s – 2

The Men’s 2s did the reverse of the first team, they took on a Southport 1s (top of the table) after seven wins. Mark Lumb opened the scoring but Southport struck back to go into a 2-1 lead.

The 2s, finally fielding a full strength side, battered away at the Southport defence and it took a split second perfect shot from Steve Edmonds to level the scores.

Finally after much pressure a Rick Pfeiffer follow up won the game.


Men’s 3s, 4s, 5s

The Men’s 3s and 4s returned empty handed from their visits to Rhyl and Alderley Edge, and the 5s gained a lesson in passing from Bowdon veterans who ran out 4-0 winners.


Harrogate Ladies’ 1s – 2

Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s – 0

Wilmslow faced their toughest test so far this season with an away game against league leaders Harrogate.

The orange tops put up a good performance but could not breach a well-organised Yorkshire defence.


Ladies’ 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s

The Ladies’ 2s went down at home to Welsh side Northop Hall 1s (1-3) in spite of some excellent defensive play.

With the thirds’ game cancelled and the fifths losing (1-2) to Neston 5s, it was down to the 4s to brighten the gloom.

This they did with 3-0 win against Chester 4s which keeps them in second place in the league.  Penny Sparrow kept up her record of scoring in every game.



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