Slazenger Men’s 2nd Team had an away match against Leeds University 6th Team. It was a close match with only a mistake costing Slaz a draw. The home team started off the strongest but were not able to score against a tight Slaz defence. Slaz then pushed back creating chances of their own, but like the home team they were unable to score.
With twenty minutes played Leeds Uni scored two quick gaols, the first was from a short corner, and the second was created by a mistake from Slaz Captain Rob Whawell whose sloppy pass was intercepted and Leeds Uni scored on a quick counter attack. Slaz were soon back in it with a great team Goal. Matt Middleton flicked the ball from midfield to the edge of the Leeds Uni D to Ben Graham who passed to Simon Randall who took it passed one played and chipped the ball passed the keeper. Leeds Uni created more chances but the Slaz defence held firm until half time.
Although there were no gaols in the second half it was by no means dull. Instead of Slaz sitting back and playing defensive hockey, they took the match to Leeds Uni and the result was end to end hockey. Both teams created more chances but were unable to score. Man of the match Jez Whawell was the engine in midfield for Slaz, he was up with the attacks, back defending, and covering positions when needed. Slaz were unlucky not to get a draw but Leeds Uni had played the better hockey.
Next weekend Slaz have a double header, a home match on Saturday against leeds 5th Team, and An away match on the Sunday against Hull University 2nd Team. Hopefully they will be able to pick up their first points of 2012.