Report: 01-11-2003 – Men 1st’s (4) vs. (5) Sheffield Uni Bankers 2nd’s

Slazenger were unlucky not to even at least a point from their nine-goal thriller against Sheffield in the North Hockey League Division 2 clash.

Slazenger started disastrously and gifted their opponents two easy goals, but the Horbury side fought back showing that team spirit remains strong despite some recent disappointing results.

Will Buckley tucked one in at a penalty corner and Alec Gilston finished off a free flowing move to carve the bankers defence wide open and when Mike Thornicroft converted a penalty, the home side’s comeback seemed complete.

But the bankers drew level from a penalty corner, but with Chris Hayton controlling the midfield and strong running from the Swinden brothers the home side created a number of chances.

They eventually took one as Jimmy Swinden thundered home a penalty corner, but a scrappy goal from open play and a hotly disputed penalty settled things Sheffield’s way.

Despite the result the performance was much improved and Slazenger travel to Lincoln on Saturday with renewed optimism.