Slazenger’s seconds suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of LA Metros thirds in a game where the four nil score line was not a true reflection of the game. Slazenger’s were equal to their opposition in all respects, creating more chances and having plenty of possession but were just unable to make the final breakthrough.
Slazenger’s started well and nearly took the lead in the first ten minutes, with Ben Graham deflecting a Ben Garside through ball onto the post. Richard Hutchins also came close, forcing the Metros keeper to make a number of strong saves. Metros took the lead against the run of play however through a penalty flick, home keeper Lee Secker almost keeping the ball out only for it to drop just over the goal line.
Slazenger’s continued to play good possession hockey but went in at half time a goal down.
The second half was much the same as the first, Slazenger’s playing good hockey and creating chances only to fail to find the final breakthrough. Metros eventually scored a disputed second goal, and after Richard Hutchins’ indiscipline, which got him sent off, Metro’s scored two late goals to complete a scoreline, which Slazenger’s didn’t deserve. Tim Carr took the man of the match award and Neil Hutchins was strong in the centre of defence.
Slazenger’s have a tough few weeks ahead having to play runaway leaders Sheffield Hallam, twice, with a huge relegation crunch match against Halifax sandwiched in between. These games coming when a number of regular players are unavailable.