Slazenger men’s first team came into the game with Lincoln firsts looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat the previous week. Slazenger started brightly, playing fast flowing hockey from the off, creating early chances and taking a deserved lead with Ben Graham finishing neatly after good work from Neil Hutchins.
However, the early pace soon began to take it’s toll and with a depleted squad of only eleven, Lincolns ability to introduce fresh legs allowed them to take control with Slazenger finding themselves 2-1 down at the half. The second half began with Lincoln doubling their lead, although Slazenger immediately hit back through Scott Croucher.
And when James Swinden pounced on a defensive error to set Mark Butel up for an easy finish, Slazenger began to press for the victory. Lincoln didn’t lose heart however and were beginning to press themselves and when a yellow card reduced Slazenger to ten men, they began to create pressure and soon converted a short corner. Slazenger could have been forgiven for letting their heads go down but they continued to battle, something which has been lacking in previous weeks.
It was left to Mark Butel to convert a short corner to earn Slazenger a much deserved draw. Ben Graham took the “man of the match” honours with Mark Butel not far behind. A special mention must be made of young Maddie Swinden who has finally made a much anticipated, all be it a little messy, debut.
Report by B Graham