Scorers: Andrew Hurst x2, Oliver Neal x1
MoM: Henry McCully
DoD: Paul Sharratt
With this being New Beccs first game of the season the Millers expected them to be not quite up to match speed and that it should be a fairly easy win…….and in all honesty, it should have been.
The Millers were out of the blocks quickly and scored early on through Andrew Hurst, following this up with modestly sustained pressure with the young opposition keeper making a number of good scrambling saves…..4 in a row at one point.
A number of penalty corners were won in our favour but our “drag flick expert” failed to convert, repeatedly choosing to aim directly at the GKs left hand at a comfortable height!! (Aren’t Ex-GKs supposed to know where to shoot to make it hard for a keeper??)
It seemed that penalty corners would play a large part in the game as we managed to concede one early in the second half. Our speedy number one runner Plodded out (see what I did there???) and managed to deflect the ball high into the middle of the net over Alan who had logged for the initial strike.
Lightning isn’t supposed to strike twice in the same place but a couple of minutes later the same thing occurred making it 2-1 to New Beccs………#LearningOpportunity.
With this kick up the backside the Millers began to dominate again an recovered parity through Oliver Neal. On the ascendancy the Millers looked confident and pushed for the win only to get caught on the break and some poor tracking led to the oppo having a free backhand shot high into the net past the oncoming Alan…..a well executed finish though…..
Slightly deflated we pushed on to apply pressure and eventually won a flick which was dispatched by Mr Hurst fractionally over the diving keeper.
With our tails up again we pushed for the win only to have the match stopped 3 mins from time when a New Beccs player lifted a hit pass……at great pace…..into the side of Josh Kitson’s head……Ouch! (The same player had also hit Henry McCully in the head earlier on in the match…)
The match was agreed to be ended as a draw as the well-being of our youngster was far more important than a game of hockey…….Josh was back up on his feet at the end and hopefully recovers quickly. On to next week at Sutton Valance….