Slazenger men’s 3rd’s hosted league high flyers Brigg 4th’s at home, succeeding at holding them to a goalless draw. After putting 2 past Brigg to take a draw in the away leg, Slaz were looking to improve and take the 3 points. However, the task was easier said than done.
The team struggled to get into a rhythm and their usual style of hockey was nowhere to be seen. That said, Brigg never appeared to be able to capitalise on this slow start, with both teams being evenly matched. The first half was tough going, with both teams trying to gain the momentum and upper hand.
As the first half progressed, the team began to settle. Man of the Match Ste Roberts continues to excel in midfield, stopping Brigg from controlling the centre, with Andy Fisher strengthened the midfield, holding and distributing the ball to the wings. As Slaz started to used the wings more, they began to challenge the Brigg defense. The visitors were prepared; an experienced back 3 limited the shots on goal, with the Goalie mopping up anything which got through.
There were stretches of the game, where Slaz were almost exclusively within the Brigg 25 yard line, with the visitors having to pull back and hold off continuous pressure. Some great work by the attacking elements of the team, including newcomer Rowan Tejura and regular Andrew Birkett gave the back line some problems and midway through the second half, Brigg seemed to be settling for a draw. Alex Calderly and Luke Gueli continue to go from strength to strength, with the latter almost nicking a goal in the closing minutes. With Slaz on the ascendancy, it was disappointing that they were unable to secure a winner.
The third team continue to develop a strong defence; however still need to work on upping their strike rate to compete for promotion. However, the draw moves them into 3rd place; with 2 months of the season remaining.