After putting in an excellent performance at title chasing Grimsby the previous week, Slazengers mens first team were confident of taking the points against lowly Thirsk on Saturday only to put in their worst performance of the season eventually losing out 2-1.
Things could have been different if Ben Graham had managed to convert an easy chance early on after good interplay with Dan Perry but his final shot went wide. Slazengers had most of the possession during the first half but failed to create anything meaningful and as so often happens, Thirsk broke away to score with their first real attempt on goal.
The second half was much of the same, Slazengers had most of the possession without creating too much and when they did, both Phil Midgley and Jonny White had goals dissallowed. Thirsk continued to sit back and eventually grabbed a second off a quick breakaway. Slazengers turned up the heat for the final ten minutes and grabbed their goal through Adam Drake but it was too little too late as Thirsk managed to hold on for the win.
Slazengers will be looking for a much improved performance next week away at Rotherham.
By Ben Graham
From match played at Thirsk Hockey Club on Saturday 22nd January 2011