Slazenger 4’s played well against Airedale 3’s in short spells but appeared anxious during the rest of the game. The team managed to play the occasional good passage of play but it was too often interspersed with sloppy play that allowed the opposition to defend deeply and hit the home side on the break.
Matthew Stacey and Aidan Hopkinson played well in midfield and Matthew Smith stuck to his man-marking task well. There were very few scoring chances for the home side despite Peter Gunning and Robert Cann working tirelessly upfront. The home side lacked a cutting edge in the final 3rd of the field.
The defence was solid and helped mount several attacks but time after time they petered out without scoring. The away team only managed to force Richard Smyth in goal to make a couple of sharp saves, other than that he was a spectator for the rest of the game.
The nearest Slazenger’s came to scoring was when Rowan Tejura thought he had successfully converted a penalty corner only for it to be disallowed for being hit just outside the penalty area. Next game is away against Bradford at 3.00pm.