Slazenger Mens 3’s had tough opposition in Brigg 3’s for their latest match in Yorkshire division 5. Earlier in the year Brigg had given the Horbury side a bit of a hockey lesson in the repeat fixture.
This time Slazengers took the early initiative with man of the match winger Ian Hedges leading the way with tenacious tackling and good stick skills. Slazengers looked to build attacks from out wide with good link up play from midfield.
Brigg were a lot more direct hitting wide players up front and using their skills to cause chaos in the Horbury team penalty area. Despite this James Higgins and Tony Walker were solid in defence and the whole team were determined to not let the opposition dominate play. It was no fluke when the home team took the lead after a low drilled pass into the opposition goalmouth was tipped into the goal by a Brigg defender.
Slazengers held onto the lead for a short while before Brigg found their striker unmarked on the edge of the goalmouth who calmly slotted past the Slazengers keeper. Halftime score 1-1.
The start of the second half was the most important part of the game, with the game even poised, both sides created good attacking opportunities without finding the net. Slazengers missed a glaring opportunity to take the lead just before Brigg did manage to score.
Luckily, heads didn’t drop and within 5 minutes Alan Perry restored parity with a well taken goal, driven high into the roof of the net.
The last quarter of the game became more disjointed and fractious but neither team were able to find the winner so final score was 2-2.