Given the temperature has yet to get above 0 degrees today, the pitch is still frozen.
Therefore, Monday night training (U14 Girls & U16) is cancelled.
Enjoy your evening in the warmth!
Given the temperature has yet to get above 0 degrees today, the pitch is still frozen.
Therefore, Monday night training (U14 Girls & U16) is cancelled.
Enjoy your evening in the warmth!
There will be no training or games tomorrow at the hockey pitch. Unfortunately, it has been frozen all day, and the forecast is for more cold and snow!
Further information will be coming out soon about Christmas training arrangements, and collection of outstanding kit orders.
Enjoy your Sunday in the warmth!
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
This week, the Men’s 5th’s take the “team of the week” title ahead of all others. After losing 11-1 in their last encounter with Thirsk and Malton earlier in the season, this week they pulled out a fantastic 1-1 result. Great work guys! Notable mentions also go to Men’s and Ladies 1st’s for their impressive 7-0 victories at the weekend.
Another 30 goals were put away at the weekend, stirring up top goalscorer once again. Some familiar names at the top, but there’s still time for any of our 60 goalscorers to get onto this month’s leader board!
Novembers Top Goalscorers
Mens 1st’s (7) vs. (0) Ben Rhydding 2nd’s
Slazenger Men’s Firsts were away at Ben Ridding last week and were missing the defensive prowess of Wiper dropped to the seconds for insubordination.
Despite only being given 5 minutes of pitch time to warm up Slazenger came out strong against the North Leeds team and It was clear early on that the game was going to be one sided. By half time the Firsts were a head by five with goals from Swindon (2), Perry, Tuddenham (2), Gunning and Fisher, and they were talking about maintaining the clean sheet.
With Birkett off injured the second half was a more sedate affair, however Gascoigne found a chance to open his score card for the Firsts in style. The final result was 7 – 0.
Mens 2nd’s (5) vs. (1) Ben Rhydding 3rd’s
The Mens 2nd’s hosted fellow mid table rivals Ben Rhydding 3rd’s in a game where the home side came out decisive winners. Fresh from last weeks victory over Barnsley, the team started quicker, and pressed the advantage early; Ben Jackson catching the defence and keeper half asleep; and finding the net with ease. The home team continued to enjoy a greater deal of the possession, and took advantage of it, maintaining pressure on the Rhydding’s defence. The pressure began to pay off, when a goal mouth scramble and confusion allowed Hedges in to slot away his first from a tight angle.
As the game continued, it was Jackson again who capitalised, with a lightening quick attack finding the back of the next again for his second. The home side went into the break ahead and growing in confidence. Slaz looked set to wrap up a comprehensive victory, but Ben Rhydding forced themselves back into the game; a strong run from the Rhydding forward, and a defensive error allowed them to score.
With this momentary lapse out of the way, Slaz settled and enjoyed more of the possession, and it wasn’t long before Mark Hammond added to his growing tally. Minutes later Hedges put the result beyond doubt with a reverse stick thunderbolt; pinging off the cross-bar and into the back of the net much to everyones surprise.
The 2nd’s travel to York next week looking to keep their run of form in tact.
Mens 3rd’s (1) vs. (1) Lindum 4th’s
Arrrr ‘Twas a cold autumnal afternoon as the Slazenger crew set sail to Lincoln. The men saddened as the landlubber Banks wasn’t able to take to the high seas this week.
Buoyed by sinking the fleet of Leeds and Doncaster in previous weeks, the Buccaneers of Slazenger launched the first assaults with Scott Carruthers and Sam Haigh firing the cannons forward from midfield. As the half went on, the Lindum Crew found ways to attack the Slazenger defence; Harry Buttery was called upon at the poop deck to ensure that Slazenger battened down the hatches so the sides were tied at the half.
“Avest ye” were the inspiring words from Captain Taylor as the air cooled and the light faded on this tight battle. So the second half began as tight as the first with Slazenger happy to hold the ferocious Lindum crew in their own waters. Josh Swallow and the old seadog Andy Fisher skilfully ensuring the Slazenger ship didn’t run a-ground.
But then, tragedy after 55 minutes of battle, Lindum launched a cannon from a short corner which splintered the hull of the Slazenger backboard. The Buccaneers of Slazenger were roused by this travesty and all hands ahoy as the marauding men from Addingford let their cutlasses loose for all to see. The ensuing onslaught was one Captain Taylor must be proud of as Jack Kitchen (who was a stowaway in this sailing) acted as cockswain in midfield driving Slazenger forwards.
Both sides were tired from battle, the Lindum pirates were playing for time hoping the umpires would send the men from Horbury down to Davy Jones Locker. The Umpires looked and signalled two minutes left; allowing time for one last attack from Slazenger, Kitchen led the advances but was felled in the D. “Penalty!” cried the crowd of seven, “Aye”, called the umpire!!
Tim Carr was forced to walk the plank as the clock counted down. The cannons stopped, the captains could say no more, the tension was gathering like a storm, surely he couldn’t do it? “He’s got a dodgy cannon” some scallywag sounded. Then BOOM!, shiver me timbers the Lindum ship has been breached and the Buccaneers of the green seas were level.
As the battle drew to a draw the men from Addingford went close to landing a deadly blow, however it wasn’t to be. The ships parted but battle scarred. A long sail home across the plains of Lincolnshire awaited but Slazenger realised even when the Legend Banks is land-locked, the old guard of Taylor, Carr and Fisher can hoist the Jolly Roger high, arrrrrr!!
Mens 4th’s (2) vs. (4) Sheffield Uni Bankers 7th’s
Slaz looked to avenge last weeks terrible result at Worksop as they entertained Sheffield University Bankers. Slaz started much better as they were keeping the ball well in the first half and creating chances without conceding but so were Bankers. It looked to be 0-0 at half time until a late goal put the away side in front.
Slaz came out from half time in a positive manner and managed to grab one back after a goalmouth scramble through Davy Ramsdale. As Slaz continued to press Bankers eventually scored 3 goals as Slaz lacked numbers in defence and led 4-1. The home side managed to get one back through Chris Flavell for his first goal at Slaz.
Even though the result wasn’t ideal it was a much better performance than last week and a lot of things to improve on. Man of the Match went to Chris Flavell for a good all round performance and a first goal.
Mens 5th’s (1) vs. (1) Thirsk & Malton 4th’s
Slazenger returned to the scene of their heaviest ever defeat with gritted teeth and revenge in mind. Slaz started brightly showing promise in the Thirsk half but, when Thirsk broke and took the lead, you could see the men in yellow thinking “here we go again”. But then something astonishing happened. The Green Army showed a determination hitherto unseen from this group of youngsters, not just defensively but attacking like tigers and working hard all over the pitch.
Slaz eventually got a deserved equaliser from Alex Stacey to go to the break at 1-1. The second half was a very even contest and you could see the shock in the Thirsk player’s eyes as it Slazenger looked more and more likely to get a winner. It wasn’t to be and a draw was probably a fair result. Special mention this week goes to three unsung heroes – Lewis Killey for developing into a great utility player, Fraser Cass who defends like a man twice his size and Aidan Coughtree for solid keeping that kept us in the game.
Man of the Match went to Alex Stacey, who gave everything in midfield, sprinting again and again to cover his team-mates, he gave everything this week.
Final score Thirsk & Malton 1 –1 Slazenger 5’s.
Ladies 1st’s (7) vs. (0) Airedale 1
Slaz ladies 1’s played host to Airedale on Saturday with 4 real aims in mind:
After the respectful 11/11 minutes silence – well observed by officials, teams and the gathering crowd Slaz switched on their positive mental attitude. With the sun in their eyes and fire in their bellies, they quickly made their aims quite clear to the visitors. Within minutes Tyres (hoping to confirm what should have already been her rightful place in the golden stick table after last weeks hattrick) made her first attack on goal with a stunning shot tipped wide by the keeper. Undeterred, the pressure was maintained and it wasn’t long before the first in a series of short corners was smashed into the backboard by Bubbles Bates.
A second goal came shortly after, when after wrong footing the keeper Gilbert the elder slotted one home. Straight from her late call up into goal saving penalty flicks for the 2’s, Mini minch was chomping at the bit to get the ball into the back of the oppositions net. She wasted no time at all and having seen the footage and the promise of a pint courtesy of Mark Swinden, made a move which saw a reverse shot fool the keeper and head for the bottom corner.
With the score at 3:0 Slaz appeared to take their foot off the gas. The mid field of Gunn, Field and the younger Gilbert were tested but to no avail. It wasn’t long before the game was taken back to the Airedale D and Mini Minch showed Mr Hedges that those that train hard can reap the rewards, with a remarkable shot again finding the back of the net.
Maintaining their structure and Field showing wonderful composure, Slaz allowed Airedale to make a number of unforced errors – leading to move of the season when Fodder was sent leaping from the touchline onto the terrace as the ball was sent flying towards the home dug out, returning possession to Slaz. Paige and Tyrrell worked tirelessly to create chances and although the goals didn’t come directly, the hard work forced further short corners which saw Field get her name on the score sheet – well deserved after her first half performance, and Bubbles again finding the back of the net. In unfamiliar territory with the half time score 6:0, Slaz knew that they should expect the unexpected, however it never really arose and Keeper Wilson saw little action.
It was soon apparent that this really was going to be a game of 2 halves, with both posts and the cross bar taking a battering with shots from Field and Tyres. The whole team pressed high and set up camp in Airdale’s half. Wallace, reflecting back to times of “jumpers for goal posts” took the ball through the defence but the keeper was there, preventing the fairytale ending she craved. The younger Gilbert, returning in the second half after a first half injury set the front line up with a number of chances but the Airedale Keeper stayed strong.
Tyres, knowing it’s never over till the fat lady sings, continued to make chances and with the cacophony of the growing crowd spurring her on, in the dying minutes her saved shot from the keeper found its way straight back to her stick and with the second bite of the cherry the game was put to bed.
Final score 7:0, the winning streak continues, clean sheet number 2, convincing goal difference for the league table and ??? contenders for team of the week??? – we will wait with bated breath to see. Either way, 4 wins in 4 = a very very happy squad.
Thanks this week to umpires Woody and Dodge, We all need to play to the whistle and without them there would be no whistle to play to. (apologies to previous weeks umpires for the lack of mention – no reflection on you, just me forgetting to add you in to the report. Please umpire again and the mention will be there!!). Next week sees the Ladies travel to North Yorkshire to take on 2nd in the table Selby.
Ladies 2nd’s (1) vs. (5) Wakefield Wanderers 1st’s
Derby day in Wakefield as Slaz 2s travelled the short distance through town to face friendly rivals Wanderers. Feeling positive from the previous week’s performance Slaz were hopeful that they could add to their first point of the season. Slaz once again started off strong and looked like they were in contention with some good passages of play culminating in some exciting attacks from the youngsters, including a vicious strike from the younger Brereton sending the keeper full stretch to pull of an impressive save.
The Slaz midfield worked hard and continued to display some decent hockey. There were plenty of turnovers and counter attacks from both teams but it was the experienced Wanderers who capitalised by distributing the ball well, utilising space and pace on the wings and moving off the ball to penetrate the Slaz D resulting the visitors being 3 nil down at half time, despite some strong defending and excellent saves from mini minch, who had stepped up last minute to play in goal for the 2s.
Slaz reset and started the second half in good spirits confident that they would find the net, but again it was Wanderers who scored first giving the visitors a bigger hill to climb. The rest of the half continued in much the same vain with both sides battling, but Slaz kept their heads despite being behind and were rewarded half way through the second half when a hit across the D found Naomi Frith returning for her first game of the season, who tapped it passed the keeper to put Slaz on the score sheet. Despite every effort from the Slaz side they could not convert a number of chances and with Wanderers netting another 2 the gap was just too big. The home side continued to pressure the Slaz D and were awarded a flick minutes before time after a lifted shot came down at speed on such an angle that it was impossible for defender Jess Lloyd to get out of the way of. Player of the match Katie Minchella stood her ground and denied the home side a further goal with another great save leaving the final score 5-1 to Wanderers.
Ladies 3rd’s (6) vs. (1) Leeds Adel 5th’s
Slazenger’s were up against mid table Leeds Adel 5’s at home. With a 5-0 win behind them, Slazenger’s were hoping to add another 3 points to their current score.
Adel attacked from the off and continued to put pressure on the Slazenger’s defence for the most of the 1st half. Leeds Adel where denied any chance of scoring with good defending and keeping from Sarah Hobbs, Maisie Fallas, Jess Downy, Esther Hill and Lizzie Tunstall. As the 1st half got into full swing Slazenger’s found their feet and began to create chances for the team to score and take the lead. With great passing through the midfield; from Lauren Fealey, Natasha Wiper, Emma Eley and Diane Jones. Saw the ball quickly moving up the pitch to Aleks Karpinska, Caro Schofield and Josie Hughes.
Just before the half time whistle Slazenger’s hard work paid off, with Caro Schofield taking a shot on goal and making the half time score Slazenger’s 1-0 Leeds Adel. As the half time whistle went Slazenger’s and Leeds Adel moved to the centre of the pitch to mark a 2 minutes silence of ‘Remembrance Day’.
Slazenger’s where quick off the mark in the 2nd half and continued with their attacking form. A 2nd goal from Caro Schofield along with 2 from Aleks Karpinska and 1 from Diane Jones saw Slazenger’s extend their lead. With five minutes to go Leeds Adel found the back of the net from a short corner, but with a 3rd goal from Caro Schofield Slazenger’s lead grew wider.
The game finished Slazenger’s Ladies 6-1 Leeds Adel.
Ladies 4th’s (0) vs. (1) Chapeltown 3rd’s
The ladies 4th Team faced Chapeltown 3 away in what turned out to be a tense fight to the end. Slazengers started strongly with a shot on goal, nudged in by Linda Stacey, being disallowed but signaled the start of a strong attack from the forwards. Chapeltown returned with an equally strong defence and their excellent keeper managed to save each shot on goal to the frustration of the Slazenger Team.
Despite Slazengers having much of the ball play, 20 minutes in and Chapeltown broke free with Slazengers needing to pull back and defend. Sarah Allen slowed the attack but Chapeltown rushed forward and despite Slazengers best efforts, managed to score.
The Slazenger ladies left the pitch at half time 1:0 down.
The second half again saw Slazengers with much of the play. Sue Hope held the midfield and allowed forwards Cherry Bedford, Mia Davis and Maisie Davis to try and find the equaliser. The ladies passed, shot and followed each ball but again were thwarted by the Chapeltown keeper. Maisie Davis did eventually beat the keeper but again the goal was disallowed. Even with a series of short corners, the Slazenger Team still couldn’t get it in the goal and frustratingly Slazengers lost 1:0. Player, Sue Hope.
Christmas might still seem like a long time off, but if you’re wanting to get club kit in time, its just around the corner!
Kit orders need to be submitted by the end of Thursday 16th November.
There will be people available at both Monday and Tuesday Junior coaching sessions, and captains or committee can be handed kit orders at Wednesday & Thursday senior training.
Please remember to bring payment with your order.
Its also worth a reminder of the following: For Yorkshire Youth Hockey League matches, defenders must wear face masks for short corners. The club will supply face masks for those who play on Sundays, and development matches on a Saturday. While there are no equivalent rules for senior games, we do recommend players defending short corners regularly, especially Juniors should consider investing in a mask. They can be bought through through various outlets, including Chicken George at Wakefield, or any good hockey retailer.
Its hard to believe that around this time 7 days ago, the fire was dying down, the fireworks had finished and people were heading off after a fantastic evening.
A big thank you to all those who were involved, helped out and made it possible. And a big thank you to all of you who attended, and made the event such a roaring success! It was fantastic to see all the sections creating and enjoying the event, and is what Slazengers Sports Club is all about.
You might not believe it, but planning for 2018 is already underway, so if you have any comments, suggestions, or ideas we look forward to hearing them!
The Bonfire Committee
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
Ladies 3rd’s take “team of the week” after a superb 5-0 victory over Doncaster 4th’s. Notable mentions go to Ladies 2nd’s for their first point of the season, the Ladies 1st’s for their 3-1 win at Ben Rhydding (with only a bare 11), and the Mens 2nd’s 8-1 result, putting them through to the Semi finals of the Yorkshire Cup after their win over Barnsley!
November brings with it the refresh of the top goalscorer table, with a host of new scorers. 57 players have got themselves on the score-sheet with 163 goals so far, but only 15 names are so far in the hunt for Novembers Golden Stick!
Novembers Top Goalscorers
3 Goals – Ben Graham, Aleks Kapinska, Holly Tyres
2 Goals – Caro Schofield, Ben Jackson, Mark Hammond, Matt Banks, Amir Khalil, Lucas Smith, Richard Tuddenham, Danny Perry
1 Goals – Jimmy Swinden, Owen Bland, Phi Secker, Mia Davies, Maisie Davies
Men’s 1st’s (3) vs. (1) City of York 3rd’s
A couple of close games over bonfire weekend for the Ones; the first of which, at home on Saturday, started pretty abjectly! Repeated attempts to pull off Hollywood passes, coupled with excessive dribbling, lead to the inevitable as York put a goal away to take the lead.
Halftime couldn’t come soon enough for Slazenger – a seasonal rocket from the captain ensued… By contrast the second half couldn’t have been more different. Some nice link up play from James Swinden and Danny Perry soon started to bear fruit, and it wasn’t long before Tuddenham had added to his tally too. Slazenger held onto a 3 -1 lead to the end despite going down to 10 men after Harry ‘the filth’ Gunning was sent off.
Men’s 1st’s (2) vs. (1) Leeds 3rd’s
The second game of the weekend for Slazenger was away at Leeds. Charged from Saturdays victory the Firsts started with a bang putting 2 past the home side in as many minutes. Some great aggressive play from Gascoigne, Tuddenham, Perry and Swinden saw the ball robbed off the Leeds defence time after time.
However, 140 minutes of hockey in one weekend is a big ask for the geriatric element of the Firsts, and despite the early margin Leeds began to creep back into the game. A couple of great save’s from Buttery kept Slaz in it just long enough to see out the 2 – 1 win.
Mens 2nd’s (2) vs. (5) Doncaster 3rd’s
Slazengers Mens 2’s had a double header at the weekend with contrasting results. Saturday saw them travel to Doncaster for a league encounter and came away on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline. After failing to capitalise on a bright start, Slazengers began to struggle with the playing conditions and Doncaster took advantage, getting in front and never looking back. Slazengers pegged them back to 3-2 with goals from Amir Khalil and Ben Graham however as they pressed for an equalizer, Doncaster scored their 4th and 5th in quick succession to kill off the game.
Mens 2nd’s (8) vs. (1) Barnsley 1st’s
Sunday saw Slazengers entertain Barnsley in the cup quarter finals. Slazengers were on top early and took the lead when Ben Graham converted a penalty corner. Owen Bland quickly made it 2 with a top quality reverse stick strike from a narrow angle and when Graham grabbed his second shortly afterwards, Slazengers were in total control.
Mark Hammond scored a good individual goal before Barnsley got back into the game with an excellent finish much to the frustration of Buttery in the Slazengers goal. The 2nd half was much the same with Slazengers controlling the ball and further goals from Hammond, Ben Jackson (2) and Amir Khalil saw Slazengers run out comfortable 8-1 winners.
Men’s 3rd’s (2) vs. (1) Doncaster 5th’s
It was a cold but sunny afternoon when the slazenger army lined up to view the incoming invading army of Doncaster, from on top of the castle king Taylor gave the same speech he does before every battle, his army banged their sticks on the floor in confidence of victory over the invaders despite all mouthing the king’s speech back to him.
The attack started quickly but it was the slazenger army that ran over the invaders, taking the battle forward with classic pincer movements attacks from the wings splintered with surging attacks down the middle however despite all the forward marching the slazenger army could not find the target with Tommy Carr picking up a wonky stick that meant his attacks where wide of the mark.
It seemed in fact that Doncaster had devised a clever plan for the invasion of Slazenger as despite controlling the half all of Slazenger attacks came to nothing as if all sticks had been replaced by twigs. At half time it was still 0-0. Despite looking over the wreckage of the battlefield and only seeing Doncaster in a mess, no killing blow had been struck.
As the second half started Josh and the defenders of the castle seemed as safe as ever that nothing would breach them however what Slazenger had not seen was the Doncaster team crawl through the sewers and with a sneak attack grab a critical blow onto the Slazenger Castle. However all was not lost and despite Andy fisher battling like the warrior he is, eventually he was replaced and the man, the myth, and the legend Matt Banks, who came back on confidently in his restored armour.
Slazenger continued to push for the king and some great work resulted in them being in a perfect position for a killing blow on the castle with a great injection from Al and a great strike from Roo, the attacking kings security was on its legs as the ball rebounded to Matt Banks he hit the ball like a bullet into the back of the net eliminating the invading security.
Slazenger continued to push and finally they found the invaders king when Scott worked hard to ensure a shot on target was illegally kept out meaning a one on one chance presented itself. Up stepped Matt Banks who looked the king in the face and, thanks to some great practice of this situation before the battle with Harry, provided a killing blow to the king and his army with a perfectly executed penalty flick.
With this the slazenger army knew that it was only time now, with one idiot recruit Scott getting himself behind enemy lines in the sin bin it meant that the slazenger army had a few last attackers to defend however the whole team came together and defended the castle and king for the rest of the attack,
Long live the King; Long live the man, the myth, the legend; And most importantly
Long live the Green Army
Mens 5th’s (2) vs. (3) Harrogate Development
All of the fireworks were in the air! This match was played in the very best of spirits, between two closely matched sides. We had the added attraction of rockets going off (it seemed) just after each goal was scored. Harrogate scored first, and Slaz equalised twice before losing to the odd goal in the last 10 minutes.
Both Slaz goals came from Lucas Smith, one from a well worked penalty corner – Lucas injecting then making it to the post to slap home Luke Minchella’s drive. This game all about the midfield though, and tireless work from our guest adult (thanks Harry Gunning!) and Man of the Match, Will Gascoigne.
Final score Slaz 2-3 Harrogate. Next up is away at Thirsk, with Slaz determined to avenge a heavy defeat at the start of the season.
Ladies 1st’s (3) vs. (1) Ben Rhydding 3rd’s
The game started on an even keel with both teams determined to take the 3 points but the deadlock was quickly broken when Tyers stole the ball from the dithering defence and lifted the ball over the keepers outstretched foot.
Undeterred Ben Rydding upped the pressure and within 5 minutes had pulled one back with a well executed short corner.The team of the week, on their winning form then came into their own, the dynamic duo of Paige and Tyres made a series of 1 – 2’s before Tyres brought her goal tally to 2
Not satisfied with 2, after another steel, Tyres took the ball back into the D – gave the keeper the eye before deceptively slotting the ball home for her hatrick.
Half time score 3:1. The second half saw Slaz maintain the majority of the possession in the Ben Rhydding half but were unable to capitalise. Keeper Wilson pulled off save of the century when a penalty flick was given mid way through, other than this Ben Rhydding didn’t cause the Slaz defence too many problems.
Final score 3:1 – the score line may not be enough to return their well earned title of “team of the week”, but 3 wins in 3 in the league = a very happy squad.
Ladies 2nds (1) vs. (1) Leeds Adel 3rd’s
Slaz ladies 2s were hosts to Leeds Adel 3s on Saturday and were hoping for a change to their run of bad luck in the season thus far. A slight change to the formation saw a stronger midfield working together much more cohesively, supporting each other and allowing the home side to maintain possession and dominate play. Slaz made a number of circle penetrations early on and were rewarded with a flick 10 minutes in when a shot on goal was prevented by an Adel defender’s body on the line. Phe Seckar stepped up and executed a beauty flick to the Adel keeper’s right. The keeper got half a touch but not enough to deny Slaz the lead. Slaz continued with confidence and played the best hockey so far this season. Adel had a number of opportunities from open play and short corners which were defended well and player of the match keeper Dana kept the host’s hopes of 3 points alive making excellent saves in both halves.
The visitors were becoming increasingly frustrated that they were unable to convert chances but Slaz kept their heads and continued to dominate play. The youngsters of the team shone today as they seemed to play stronger and more confidently than ever before making some impressive runs supported by the experience of the new centre midfield trio who worked well as a unit and Slaz were unfortunate not to add a few more goals to the talley. With 10 minutes to go a mistake by captain and defender Ritchey cost the team the 3 points with a poor free hit outside the D which Adel took advantage of and drove in to the D beating the keeper.
Slaz attempted to regain the lead continuing to pressure the visitors and taking back possession. A spell in the Adel D looked like it was possible but the full time whistle was blown and the final score remained 1-1 with the 2s getting their first point of the season with the best team performance of the season so far. Onwards and upwards….
Ladies 3rd’s (5) vs. (0) Doncaster 4th’s
Slazenger’s Ladies 3 travelled to Doncaster this week to show the south what they were really made of! Although the sky was grey the teams’ spirits were not and the smell of victory was looming in the air.
Slazenger’s took push back and straight into attacking mode putting pressure on the opposition. Doncaster attack fought well; but were no match for Slazenger’s defence and after a cracking interception Slazenger’s, pressed on displaying their attacking skills showing Doncaster that they meant business. It became quickly apparent that Slazenger’s were in fact the stronger side dominating the goal area with it being only a matter of time before the ball met the back of the goal.
After a bit of rustle and tumble accompanied with some fantastic opportunities it was Caro Schofield who, still recovering from injury, put Slazenger’s ahead. The centre forward was not done there and with some amazing linking play from the midfield the first half drew to a close with Caro securing a second. First half…..Slazenger’s 2 – 0 Doncaster.
The second half commenced with Doncaster battling to find the goal but again Slazenger’s defence were unstoppable (Sarah Hobbs, Maisie Fallas, Jess Downy Emma Eley) and holding off the opposition’s attackers. With Slazenger’s quickly moving the ball back up the pitch. The ball yet again found the back of the goal with Aleks Karpinska scoring putting Slazenger’s three in front. Just as the sky had cleared Slazenger’s went from strength to strength with some outstanding show of skills up the pitch by Lauren Fealy and Natasha Wiper who were key in the switch from defence to attack. A few short corners later it was only a matter of time before more goals were to come. The final whistle went with Slazenger’s winning 5-0 with Caro Scholfield (2) remaining top goal scorer with Aleks Karpinska (3) hot on her heels. Slazenger’s Ladies 3 unbeaten streak still remains well and truly intact.
Ladies 4th’s (2) vs. (5) Epworth 1st’s
The ladies 4’s played at home against Epworth in one of their most challenging games yet. The late night imposed on captain Julie Bailey by the Slazenger Bonfire Spectacular did the team no favours and within minutes, Epworth scored. Slazengers struggled to make any progress forward and soon after, Epworth scored again from a short corner.
With a fear of returning to previous seasons results, Slazengers finally started to turn it around with Sue Hope and Linda Stacey getting balls through to the attackers. Thursday training had clearly paid off with a great pass from the right hand side from Cherry Bedford and with a quick stop and slip from Maisie Davis, Mia Davis powerfully swept it into the goal. Slazengers were back in the game.
Slazengers started the second half strongly with a series of attacks putting the Epworth defence under pressure, forcing errors which led to a short corner. A firm push to Linda Stacey, passed to Cherry Bedford whose shot was saved by the keeper but the speedy reaction of Maisie Davis hammered it home, returning to the half way line clearly pleased with her effort.
3:2 down and the Slazenger ladies were hopeful but it was short lived. Epworth came back stronger than ever and we’re too much to hold off, netting a further 2 goals in the last 10 minutes. Slazengers lost 5:2. Player – Lauren Hattersley.
SLAZENGERS under-14s sealed promotion with an impressive unbeaten record in their second Yorkshire Youth League tournament of the season. The Slaz boys won four of their five round-robin matches and drew the other, scoring 17 goals while conceding just one two minutes from the end of the final game as it finished 1-1 against Ben Rhydding.
They opened with a 5-0 victory over Northallerton, which was largely one-way traffic and kicked off with a goal from Alex Stacey as he turned in a shot by Will Gascoigne after a short corner. Gascoigne added the second with a shot from the edge of the D, Stacey set up the third with a run and cross to Isaac Burrows, Stacey added the fourth himself after Gascoigne’s initial shot had been saved and Aaron Hunter wrapped up the scoring.
A tougher match followed against Scarborough as Slazengers appeared to relax somewhat but they still won 2-0 thanks to goals by Gascoigne and Stacey, who also hit the post. Normal service resumed against Wakefield with another 5-0 win, in which Stacey scored twice and Lucas Smith, Hunter and Thomas Jaques were also on target. This match included a superb double save by Aidan Coughtrey with the score at 4-0, the first time he had been called on to intervene in the tournament, while the keeper also later dived full length to make a stop when one on one with a Wakefield attacker.
Brigg were then seen off 4-0, with Smith scoring twice as he sandwiched further goals by Burrows and Gascoigne. Slazengers enjoyed the bulk of possession in their final match against Ben Rhydding, taking the lead through Hunter at the far post from a run and pass by Stacey. But they committed too many players forward in search of a second goal and Ben Rhydding equalised as a counter-attack finally saw Coughtrey beaten.
Other players in the successful team were Bradley Nicholls, Joe Minchella, Luke Boxall, Josh Green, Lewis Killey and Tommy Randle. Coach Linda Stacey was ably assisted on the sidelines by son Matthew, older brother of Alex, who was on leave from university.
Thanks also to Simon Killey for his stint as umpire in all five games.
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
Ladies 1st’s take “team of the week” after a spectacular 5-0 victory over University of Leeds 3rd’s. Notable mentions go to Mens Vets team for beating Adel and progressing to the next round of the England National Cup, Mens 2nd’s 5-3 win over Brigg 3’s, and Slaz 3/4 cup team for getting to the cup final after their win at Halifax!
After 54 goalscorers, and 136 goals, October’s Golden Stick Award has come to an end. Top goalscorer will reset for November; Good Luck everyone and congratulations to Octobers winners!
8 Goals – Caro Schofield, Richard Tuddenham
7 Goals – Jimmy Swinden, Asad Baig,
5 Goals – Will Gascoigne, Ben Jackson, Natasha Wiper, Linda Stacey, Cherry Bedford, Ben Graham
Ladies 1st’s (5) vs. (0) University of Leeds 3rd’s
Still celebrating last weeks victory over York, the Ladies 1’s hoped to climb up the table further with a win over Leeds university 3’s.
Starting strong the ladies took an early lead after a cross from mini Minch was taken by Tyres on the reverse and flicked passed the university keeper. Maintaining a steady position in their attacking half Slaz continually applied the pressure. Bubbles Bates in the midfield (determined to give her student friends a lesson) continually picked the pockets of their midfield with grace. Leeds struggled to beat the beautiful press and a second goal came after Field took her chance dancing around the defence before laying the ball to Paige – half time score 2:0.
The start of the second half Slaz knew that an early goal would be crucial, Tyres did not disappoint, after a cross from Paige she tapped the ball in at the back post. The forth followed shortly after when Field took a reverse shot from the top of the D which beat the keeper into the bottom corner.
Leeds battled on, looking for a consolation goal and with a plethora of short corners kept out by the defence realised that it may not come. A final goal from Field this time struck from the top of the D made the final score 5:0 – A well earned clean sheet, the first of the season for Wilson.
Special mention goes to Eley, super (although a little reluctant) sub who made her debut for the 1’s after a first half injury to Whittam.
MVP: Mini Minch for her awsome distribution and pressure in the Leeds defence and Tyres for splendid skills in the D.
Ladies 2nd’s (0) vs. (4) Sheffield Bankers 2nd’s
Ladies 2s travelled to Sheffield to face another tough fixture against Bankers. With half term unavailability again causing problems throughout the ladies section the visitors were missing some of their regular players and travelled with a bare 11, thanks to Sue Hope, Lauren Fealy and Lizzie Tunstall for stepping up and making the trip.
The match was played in much the same vain as Slaz’s previous matches with some good passages of play and numerous attempts in the Banker’s D being thwarted but it was Bankers who took the lead by playing smart hockey moving the ball well in space and round the back. Slaz were down to 10 for a spell in the first half after Lucy Brereton had to leave the field following an elbow to the head, however the way Bankers were playing it seemed as if they had more players on the pitch than Slaz for the whole half and the visitors were 2-0 down at half time.
In the second half a tired Slaz 11 continued to battle against a fresh legged 14 strong Bankers. Despite some good runs down the flanks and some further chances in the Bankers D, Slaz were unfortunately unable to convert. Whilst at the other end of the pitch despite some good clearances by the Slaz keeper and defence the home side slotted in a further two goals with the game finishing 4-0 to bankers.
Ladies 3rd’s (0) vs. (0) Huddersfield 1st’s
Slazenger’s Ladies 3 were still undefeated going into this match and from the start drove forward with great midfield play from Justine Birkett and Emily Entwistle with precision distribution to the forwards who put the keeper under pressure from the off. Aleks Karpinska came close early on with a cracking strike that just was inches wide of the post.
Slazenger’s continued to attack the Huddersfield defence but their keeper played a blinder stopping the ball crossing the line. Huddersfield broke a number of times but our defence, Emma Eley, Sarah Hobbs, Maisie Fallas and Esther Hill were in control with player of the match Esther Hill (whose improving week on week) making solid tackles and thwarting Huddersfield breaking through. Slazenger’s totally dominated the first half and were unlucky not to be in the lead.
In the second half, Huddersfield came out with renewed force, but Slazenger’s held firm in defence with keeper, Lauren Hattersley only having to make a small number of saves. Slazenger’s had a number of chances in the D but were made safe by a strong Huddersfield defence.
Slazenger’s continued the pressure and form Natasha Wiper persistency and skills in the D secured their only short corner of the match. Unfortunately, Slazenger’s were unable to convert and the match finished as a frustrating 0-0 draw.
Ladies 4th’s (1) vs. (3) Sheffield Hallam 4th’s
The ladies 4th team continue with their mission to finish anywhere mid table so were not too disappointed with their loss this week. Playing away against Sheffield Hallam 4’s, the game didn’t start well with Sheffield scoring within the first 5 minutes and soon had two further good shots on goal that saw keeper, Lauren Hattersley dropping to the floor preventing balls finding the net.
Cherry Bedford found the equaliser and Slazengers were back in the game. Unfortunately a controversial decision just before the half time whistle gave Sheffield a short corner with the ladies leaving the pitch 2:1 down.
Slazengers struggled to find their previous winning form in the second half although did manage to hold off Sheffield scoring again until the last 10 minutes and the game ended 3:1 to Sheffield. Lauren Hattersley and Sarah Allen took the players vote.
Slazenger’s Ladies 3/4 v Halifax 4/5 Division 5 Cup Game – 29/10/17
Slazenger’s travelled to face Halifax for the semi-final Division 5 Cup Round game.
Slazenger’s game plan from the start was to go for the win and Slazenger’s start hard from the off, dominating the game. Slazenger’s kept the game in the Halifax ‘D’, with numerous shots on the goal, which were saved by a very good Halifax keeper. Halifax got a break and quickly took the ball down into the Slazenger’s ‘D’. However, the attempt on goal was well defended by Lizzie Tunstall. Halifax where awarded a short corner, which was saved just in front of the line by Justine Birkett. The ball was quickly passed back up the pitch between the Slazenger’s players, and a good passes in from Mia and Maisie Davies, saw the ball connect with Josie Hughes stick and hit the back board for a well-deserved goal. Halifax came back on the attack, with numerous attempts on goal, these where thwarted by excellent defending from Maisie Fallas, Julie Bailey, Lyn Wood, Emily Wood and Emma Eley.
Half time score Slazenger’s 1 – 0 Halifax
Second half saw Halifax attack hard from the start, making various attempts to get into the Slazenger’s ‘D’. Again excellent defending from Slazenger’s thwarted these attempts. Quick passing saw Slazenger’s attack up to the Halifax ‘D’. Only to be unable to put the ball passed the keeper.
Halifax quickly picked up the ball and good passing saw it back down the pitch and into the ‘D’, to be picked up by an outfield Halifax player and connected with the backboards for Halifax to score. Bringing the score to a 1-1 draw.
Slazenger’s immediately went on the attack to try and bring the score above, but this was thwarted by the Halifax keeper, with some good saves. Halifax quickly moved the ball back down the pitch for an attack on the Slazenger’s defence. This was stopped by the umpires calling full time.
Score ended 1-1, which meant that the decider had to come from PENELTY FLICKS. Both teams were asked for 5 players. Slazenger’s won the toss and opted to go first. Slazenger’s players – Maisie Fallas, Lauren Fealy, Julie Bailey (lost rock, paper, scissors to Justine Birkett), Diane Jones and Josie Hughes all stepped forward to take flicks.
Each team took it in turns to take a flick, Lauren Fealy scored 1st for Slazenger’s, and Diane Jones put in the 2nd goal. Excellent saves from Lizzie Tunstall saw the final score Slazenger’s 2 – 1 Halifax. Player of the match went to Lizzie Tunstall.
Final score Slazenger’s 1 – 1 Halifax, following penalty shootout Slazenger’s 2 – 1 Halifax Slazenger’s 3/4 go through to the Division 5 Cup in April.
Men’s 2nd’s (5) vs. (2) Brigg 3rd’s
Slazenger men’s 2nd team recorded back to back wins for the first time this season with a comfortable 5-2 home win against Brigg 3’s. Slazenger started brightly and controlled the early exchanges eventually making the breakthrough when Jez Whawell broke into the ‘D’ and fired home for his first goal of the season. Slazenger soon doubled their lead when Owen Bland showed some skill and buried a reverse stick strike from a narrow angle. Brigg tried to get back into the game but Darren Buttery in the Slazenger goal was cleaning up well at the back to preserve his clean sheet. It was 3-0 at the break thanks to Mark Hammond who netted his 3rd in 2 games.
The second half saw Brigg trying to press forward with Slazengers happy to soak up the the pressure and hit Brigg on the counter, a tactic which was working well only for the tables to be turned. Slazengers lost the ball on the edge of the Brigg ‘D’ and a fast counter saw Buttery stranded in goal allowing Brigg to pull one back. Slazengers immediately hit back through Harry Gunning and when Bland grabbed his second, staying alive to the opportunity when everyone else stopped expecting a whistle, the game was Slazengers. There was still time for Brigg to pull another back in the final minutes but in the end, Slazengers ran out 5-2 winners. Jez Whawell took the man of the match award closely followed by Owen Bland.
Men’s 3rd’s (3) vs. (2) Leeds 7th’s
Decimated by injuries and languishing low in the table, Slazenger 3rds knew they would be in for a tough game against Leeds.
Starting strong, Slazenger pushed forward in numbers, setting the pace. Despite his near career-ending tap on the knee two weeks ago, Matt Banks, ably assisted by Andy Fisher, controlled the game through midfield. Slazenger had their chances but couldn’t quite find the back of the net, Tim Carr’s looping shot denied by the woodwork.
Despite Slazenger controlling much of the half, Leeds were first to strike, slotting the ball home just before half time.
After a Churchillian half time talk from captain and Man of the Match, Simon Taylor, Slazenger came out in force. Fearless attacks from Alan Perry and Jack Lee creating chance after chance for the Slazenger attack. Their persistence finally paying off with Tim Carr thumping the ball home to even the scores. By this point Slazenger could smell the points, and piled on the pressure, taking the lead a few minutes later when Scott Carruthers drilled the ball across the line.
This woke Leeds up and they attacked in numbers trickling the ball over the line to even the scores once more.
The points were up for grabs, and it was down to who wanted it most. Slazenger continued to control the game across the pitch. Fantastic defence from Simon Taylor and debutant Josh Swallow squashing attack after attack from Leeds. At the other end of the pitch Sam Haigh finally thundered the ball home to re-take the lead for Slazenger. Leeds were running short on time and despite a flurry of late chances, Harry Buttery managed to keep Slazenger safe in the dying minutes of the match (ner ner ne ner nerrrrr!)
Slazenger 3s host mid-table rivals Doncaster, 3pm at the Stade de Slaz on Saturday.
Mens 4th’s (2) vs. (1) Chapeltown 4th’s
Slaz 4s looked to avenge last weeks poor results against Chapeltown 4s at home.
Slaz started brightly and created chances through the front line of Ben Mace, Davy Ramsdale and Chris Flavell. Eventually Slaz scored through debutant Ben Mace to lead 1-0. Chapeltown quickly reacted and piled on pressure but Slaz held on to lead at half time.
After the break Chapeltown continued to pressurise the Slaz back 4 and eventually it broke as the away side equalised. Then the home side looked to correct their mistakes and kept the ball much better. The home side then converted a short corner through Will Fealy and held on to win their first game since the second game of the season.
Mens 5th’s (1) vs. (0) Ben Rhydding 6th’s
Slaz were outstanding! From the outset the midfield passed the ball around, retained possession and used every inch of the pitch, meaning a much easier week for the defence than last. The game was decided by a single goal – Alex Stacey receiving the ball outside of the 23m line from a free hit and making a solo run that beat at least 5 players before slotting home.
The man of the match vote was split evenly between Amazing Amrayz, Wonderful Will, Fantastic Fraser and Astounding Alex, so the Captain’s casting vote gave it to the whole team. Two special mentions go to Neil Stacey, returning after a year out (with a snapped achilles!) and now really finding his rhythm, and Katie Minchella for deputising in goal.
Final score Ben Rhydding 6’s 0-1 Slazenger 5’s
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
In the week where the senior section have scored 111 goals collectively, the Men’s 2nd’s and Ladies 4th’s share “Team of the Week” for both racking up 6-1 victories at the weekend. Notable mentions also go to Ladies 1st’s for their first win of the season, and Men’s 1st’s for their second clean sheet of the season.
8 Goals – Caro Schofield
7 Goals – Jimmy Swinden, Asad Baig,
5 Goals – Will Gascoigne, Ben Jackson, Richard Tuddenham, Natasha Wiper, Linda Stacey
Mens 1st’s (4) vs. (0) Hull University 1st’s
Mens 1st’s hosted Hull University 1st’s before the full brunt of Storm Brian had arrived. The game started quickly, without a drop of rain in sight, and while the students may have shouted the loudest, it was the home side who were in control. Some steady, controlled hockey across the park gave the hosts a commanding position, and it wasn’t long before Slaz were 2-0 up, with goals from Jimmy Swinden and Richard Tuddenham. The visitors settled, and soaked up much of the pressure, with several shots from the home side going painfully wide, helping the students keep the deficit to 2.
In the second half, as the rain began to fall, the home side continued to enjoy the lions share of possession; moving the ball. However, the students came out stronger, held firm against the green shirts. As the rain strengthened, so did the home side; a breakaway attack was only stopped with a foul, allowing Richard Tuddenham slot away his second from the penalty spot. Shortly afterwards, Swinden finished off the job with his second from open play, carving through the midfield to finish in style, putting Slaz 4-0 up at the final whistle.
Mens 2nd’s (6) vs. (1) Harrogate 4th’s
Slazengers mens 2nd team travelled to Harrogate for a 4.30 push in horrendous conditions with Storm Brian making the playing conditions somewhat challenging. Harrogate started the brighter with a number of skillful players looking for openings but Slazengers held firm in defence and soon turned attack into defence. The opening goal came when Mark Hammond picked the ball up outside the ‘D’, drove at the defence and beat the advancing keeper with a deft touch.
Harrogate continued to press and work hard to close Slazengers down but Ben Jackson doubled the lead with a deflected finish and Hammond grabbed his 2nd finishing after the keeper made the initial save following a short corner. Slazengers continued to press and great work from Amir Khalil found Ian Hedges for an easy finish to make it 4. Slazengers knew it was their day when elder statesman Matt Green got on the score sheet following another short corner save to go in at half time 5-0.
Harrogate came out following the break with the wind at their backs and looking to get back into the game and did so almost immediately pulling a goal back inside the first couple of minutes. That was the only goal they were to get however as Harry Buttery in the Slazengers goal made a couple of crucial saves at key moments and when Ben Graham got Slazengers 6th, it was game over, Slazengers running out 6-1 winners. Matt Green took the man of the match award for a solid display in defence and his 1st goal for many years.
Men’s 4th’s (0) vs. (4) Sheffield Hallam 7s
Slaz went up against a tricky Sheffield Hallam side who were on top from the first whistle. Slaz defended well but eventually conceded and went 1-0 down at half time. In the second half Slaz started to push forward more and looked for an equaliser but this let to their downfall at the back as Hallam scored 3 more to finish as winners. Man of the match goes to Dan Cass who provided some good play through midfield.
Mens 4ths (0) vs. (3) Wakefield 6th’s
Slaz looked to beat local rivals Wakefield in the cup on Sunday. The home team started well and looked to score that first pivotal goal but couldn’t finish one of many chances. Wakefield managed to grab a goal just before half time. Slaz looked to push forward more and create more opportunities but couldn’t string together a lethal combination of passes in and the around the circle. They eventually pushed forward too much that Wakefield scored two nor both on the break to win 3-0. Man of the match went to Ben Stevenson who defended very well and played out well from the back.
Mens 5th’s (0) vs. (1) Bradford 5th’s
When the age of three players on your side adds up to more than the total of the whole other team you may have a problem – but not one that those three might admit to! Bradford visited Slaz with a pool of very talented youngsters and some top class players who had only just earned the right be called adults. The skill level and speed that Bradford played at presented Slaz with such an overwhelming challenge, that no one can remember anything about the game, except that we defended until we couldn’t stand and were thrilled to only lose 1-0. Man of the Match was Joe Minchella. Final score Slaz 0-1 Bradford
Ladies 1st’s (3) vs. (2) City of York 2nd’s
The ladies 1’s traveled to York this weekend chasing their first win of the season. Determined from the start, Slaz quickly went ahead with a well executed short corner tapped in by Mini-Minch. Maintaining their shape and structure Slaz dominated the first half. York did manage to pull one back and the half time score was 1:1
In a change from the norm, the start of the second half saw York driving at the Slaz defence and quickly took the lead. Undeterred, Slaz bounced back and a second conversion at a short corner was tipped in by Bates. At 2:2 Slaz applied the pressure, passing the ball around they were unlucky and missed a number of chances. With 2 minutes to go Katie Minchella received the ball at the top of the D, turning quickly she put Monday nights training into practice and hammered the ball into the bottom corner for her second. Final score 3:2; The first win in far too long they have to be strong in contention for team of the week!!!!!
Ladies 2nd’s (1) vs. (9) Hull University 1st’s
If there is ever a game where the score didn’t reflect the game, this is certainly it. The first half saw Slaz dominate against a good Hull University team, a combination of being unlucky and missed opportunities saw Slaz undeservedly trailing 2-0 at half time. Aside from not scoring, it was certainly the best half of hockey – from defence, midfield and attack – this season so far.
The second half saw Hull have a great 15-20 minute period with some good team goals and finishes, together with a couple of dubious ones, including a back stick goal and a ball trickling over the backline while defender Ritchey’s stick was being forced against the goal post by the attacker’s stick making it impossible to prevent the goal. A further goal was conceded after a harsh penalty flick was awarded, had a short been awarded instead the strong defence would have been sure to have been able to clear. The game was taken away from Slaz, although a well worked team goal finished by Mush was fully deserved. A harsh result, but a significantly improved performance.
Ladies 3rd’s (1) vs. (1) Sheffield Hallam 5th’s
Slazenger’s Ladies 3s made an early morning start at Abbeydale Park, Sheffield to meet Sheffield Hallam 5 in a 10am pushback. Slazenger’s were looking to keep their great start to the season with what was, so far, an unbeaten record. Slazenger’s welcomed back defensive centre midfielder Emily Chason, and right wing Sue Hope and with them the hope it would spur them forward to another successful away result.
The first half was one which saw Slazenger’s create a number of chances in the Sheffield ‘D’, despite an old injury reoccurring early on for Caro Schofield, continued to find herself in goal scoring opportunities, only to be halted by the Sheffield Hallam keeper. Slazenger’s played fluid hockey with the ball smoothly making its way from the back to the front with a number of quick passes and good running. The half time break saw a goalless tally and the second half brought with it the hope that the game was for the taking for Slazenger’s.
However, the second half saw a slightly rejuvenated Sheffield Hallam side and as a consequence more pressure on the Slazenger’s goal. The half was evenly fought with a number of chances at both ends with both keepers having to stay alert. Sheffield Hallam were the first to hit the backboard with only 15 minutes left to play, after a scrabble on the backline saw them push the ball over the goal line, only for it to be disqualified for having crossed the backline. However, 5 minutes later saw them take the lead without dispute as they struck the board hard to beat the keeper. With only 10 minutes to go Slazenger’s refused to accept defeat and with pressure and hard work from the forwards saw Caro Schofield push the ball into the goal to bring a well-deserved equaliser for Slazenger’s.
The game ended 1-1 with player of the match going to Emily Chason and with Slazenger’s Ladies 3 maintaining their unbeaten run and keeping their position at the top of the table.
Ladies 4th’s (6) vs. (1) University of Leeds 8th’s
The ladies 4th team played the University of Leeds 8th team this week and proved that goals are not just for the younger players! Our newly recruited juniors were absent, leaving a more mature team on the pitch. Linda Stacey was first to score but the team were surprised when Leeds University soon equalised. In response, the Slazenger Team upped their game and Julie Bailey found the net, followed by another superb goal from Linda Stacey.
It wasn’t long coming back on the pitch after half time that Linda Stacey again found the net and from there, Slazengers dominated the game. Jess Downing took the score to 5:1 and new player Jules Measures only just missed out on a chance to score. Linda Stacey finished with a final goal. Another win for the 4th team, 6:1. Player, Lyn Wood.
Boys Under 14’s
With many of the squad unavailable, Slazengers turned up for their first tournament of the season at Ben Rhydding with a bare 11 players. Although it was supposed to be a tournament for 5 teams, only 3 turned up. In the first game, the Slazenger boys didn’t do themselves justice and struggled to play their best hockey. Brigg capitalised on this and managed to win 3-0, although this was not a fair reflection of the game. Following a team talk and change in formation, Slazengers then took on Scarborugh who had lost 4-1 to Brigg. Three goals (1 penalty stroke) from Alex Stacey, one each from Will Gascoigne, Lucas Smith and Shaz ensured a great 6-0 victory. It was decided that the teams would each play each other again on a friendly basis for a shorter period of time. Slazengers dominated the game against Brigg and this time, Will Gascoigne converted a penalty stroke to win the match 1-0. In the final match, Slazengers beat Scarborough 1-0 with Tiamor scoring in his first tournament. The boys certainly improved with every game and should do much better in the next tournament, with a full squad. Many thanks to Matt Green and Simon Killey who umpired all 6 matches as the other teams did not provide umpires.
Boys Under 10’s
The U10 boys team enjoyed their first tournament at Weetwood on a lovely sunny afternoon. A large squad turned up, many of whom had never played in a tournament before. The boys all played well and they drew 1-1 with Doncaster 2, beat Ben Rhydding 2 and Driffield 1-0. and lost 3-0 to Brigg. This meant that the team finished 2nd in their division and are promoted to division 3 for the next tournament. Thanks to Tom Hoyle for managing the team – a great start to his managerial career.
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
Ladies 3rd’s take “Team of the Week” for their spectacular 11-0 result over University of Leeds 8’s, which also makes them the highest scoring team in the senior club. Notable mentions also go to mens 5th’s for their 9-1 win over Halifax 5th’s, and to the Ladies 1/2 and 3/4 cup teams who both won their fixture, progressing to the next round.
7 Goals – Asad Baig, Caro Schofield
5 Goals – Jimmy Swinden, Will Gascoigne
4 Goals – Ben Jackson, Frankie Tyrrell, Cherry Bedford, Natasha Wiper
Men’s 1st’s (2) vs. (3) Leeds 4th’s
The men’s firsts were away to Leeds on Saturday for what is always a tough encounter. Leeds play a well practiced game, one they no doubt work hard on in training. Slazenger in contrast, light on defenders, rolled the dice on a revolutionary formation that’s not seen the light since the days of Will Buckley. For the first phase of the game the gamble didn’t appear to pay off, Leeds went a goal up with 10 minutes, but there were signs it may not be all one way…
As Slazenger began to settle into the adjusted formation their conviction grew, Jimmy Swindon capitalised on this phase of play with a great strike into the top corner of the net. A period of committed defensive play then followed from Slazenger that saw half time arrive to a respectable 2 -1 score line.
The firsts started the second half quietly confident that they may actually steal a point from this away encounter. Confidence that was soon rewarded when Perry fired home to level the score line. With a quarter of the game left however Leeds stepped up a gear, Slazenger with little left in the legs struggled to hold them back, and with just minutes to go Leeds passed their 3 goal into the net to take the win. Slazenger would have always been fortunate to get something from this game, but with a handful of aerials from Chamberlain may be there is life after Midgley…?
Men’s 2nd’s (3) vs. (4) Huddersfield 2nd’s
Slazenger 2nd team came out second best from an ill-tempered encounter with their opposite numbers from Huddersfield. Slaz started poorly, having to absorb the strength of an attacking Huddersfield team. However, following some strong defensive play, the team to settle and begin to make progress. A breakaway goal from Asad Baig put the team ahead 15 minutes in. This settled the team, and Slaz began to play some more expansive passing hockey in spells. However, Huddersfield continued to be a threat and equalised before half time.
In the second half, Slaz failed to play the self assured hockey of previous weeks, and Huddersfield took advantage of 2 breaks to put themselves in a commanding lead. Tempers frayed and it appeared to be an even larger mountain to climb when Baig was carded and the team were reduced to 10 men to battle on. However, some strong attacking work by Ben Jackson and Ian Hedges, put Captain Ben Graham in to score a brace; 1 from open play, and the second from a penalty flick to equalise the game.
Unfortunately, it was not to be and a defensive error gave Huddersfield a short corner in the final minute from which they took the spoils. Slaz look to get back to form next week with a double header: away at Harrogate and then at home on Sunday in the Cup quarter finals.
Men’s 3rd’s (2) vs. (4) Sheffield Bankers 5th’s
Slazengers 3s face Sheffield University Bankers in the 4th round of the league. Spirits were high having secured their first win of the season the game before with a 3-2 result against Sheffield Hallam.
Slaz started off quite well pressuring the Sheffield defense with high intensity, however it was Bankers who withstood the pressure, and counter-attacked to score an early goal against the run of play. With Slazengers 1-0 down, they kept on battling, with Tim Carr securing a goal to make it 1-1.
After half time, Slazenger looked to be running low on energy, compounded by star player Mathew Banks sustaining an injury and leaving the visitors with no subs. However, a resurgence of energy saw Slaz pull ahead, with Chris Stevenson netting to make it 2-1.
Sheffield restarted quickly, breaking away to equalise 2-2 with ten minutes to go. With fresher legs and substitutes, Bankers continued to press and were rewarded with 2 goals in 5 minutes as Slaz faded. Man of match went to ‘keeper Harry Buttery, who having only just come back from an injury, pulled off enough saves to keep Slaz in the game.
Men’s 4th’s (1) vs. (4) Leeds Adel 5th’s
Mens 4ths lost 1-4 away to Leeds Adel 5th’s. Slazengers goal came from Davey Ramsdale.
Men’s 5th’s (9) vs. (1) Halifax 5th’s
After 3 consecutive tough weeks Slaz entertained a Halifax team just getting to grips with the transition to adult league hockey. Slaz were eventual winners 9-1 but the score was the least important element of the game. The game was played in the best of spirits, Halifax never gave up and the Slaz boys showed maturity and respect. Goals went to Will Gascoigne (5), Tommy Randle, Fraser Cass and Josh Green (2) who was voted Man of the Match.
Ladies 1st’s (1) vs. (3) Bridlington 1st’s
The ladies first team played Bridlington on Saturday. A game of 2 halves saw Bridlington taking their chances on the break leaving the home team 3:0 down at half time. Slaz came out more determined and structured in the second half. Passing the ball well there were a number of chances created. Slaz broke the second half deadlock with an amazing sweep by Captain Tyrrell sending the ball above the Bridlington keeper into the top corner of the net. Unfortunately the home team were unable to capitalise on their time in the opposition’s D and the final score remained a disappointing 3:1. The ladies take on Lindum in the cup on Sunday before travelling to York next week for a 3:30 push back
Ladies 1st’s/2nd’s Cup Team (3) vs. (1) Lindum 2nd’s
The ladies 1’s and 2’s joined forces on Sunday for the first round of the Yorkshire cup, and both were hoping for their 1st win of the season against Lindum 2’s. Slaz were determined from the start and applied the pressure early with Tyrrell and Field passing it around the Lindum defence to give an early lead. Lindum hit back and tested the Slaz defence but Ritchie and keeper Wilson remained strong. A short corner was fired passed the keeper to put Slaz 2 ahead. Not content with this, a strong cross from Whittam was anticipated by Gilbert the elder and deflected into the top corner.
Half time 3:0 – hurray! With sun in our eyes the second half started a little slower, but the team stayed strong and after much time in the attacking half Tyrrell’s aerial shot found Gilbert the elder who batted the ball into the goal, 4:0. Lindum broke late in the day and managed a consolation goal in the closing minutes but Slaz were already celebrating a second round tie which takes us to Thirsk in 2 weeks time.
Ladies 2nd’s (1) vs. (3) Colne Valley 1st’s
Slaz 2’s entered the game against local team Colne Valley with a positive mental attitude. The team are starting to adapt to playing with a greatly changed squad from the prior season and a new formation to suit a forward and midfield heavy team. The first half was well fought with some great defensive and attacking play by Slaz. The squad looked composed on the ball, with all team members working hard both dropping in defence and pushing up in attack. Short corners were well defended and stopped a number of potential scoring opportunities for Colne Valley. There were a couple of great opportunities for Slaz in the first half, notably a great piece of break away play that unfortunately, the forwards were unable to convert. At half time the score stood at 1-0 to Colne Valley. There were some great passages of play and the team entered half time positively, with the performance being a massive improvement on the previous week.
In the second half the team continued to work hard in warm conditions, unfortunately allowing Colne Valley to break during a turnover and the score stood at 2-0. The team kept pushing, spending a lot of time in the opposition 23 and soon this paid off, with a right slip from the P spot by Tuscany to Lucy, forcing an error by Valley and the score stood at 2-1 with 3 minutes remaining. A last push by Slaz was however, not enough with Colne Valley securing and converting a short corner in the final minute of the game. Final score 3-1, but on the whole a massively improved performance by the team and a great morale booster at this point in the season. Player of the match went to Alex, opposition player to Lucy.
Ladies 3rd’s (11) vs. (0) Leeds University 8th’s
Slazenger’s Ladies 3s traveled to north east Leeds for a fixture which saw top of the table Slazenger’s pitted against bottom of the table Leeds University 8s. The first 5 mins of the match quickly highlighted that it was due to be a game that would be dominated by the visitors. Early pressure saw Slazenger’s take the lead after only 5 minutes with a penalty corner after a number of previous attempts were thwarted by the Leeds keeper. The first half followed the same pattern as the first 5 minutes with numerous attempts from the Slazenger’s forwards, 3 of which were rewarded to take Slazenger’s 4-0 leaders into the half time break, although Leeds were grateful to their keeper for not allowing it to have been doubled by half time. The Slazenger’s defence were untested and the Slazenger’s keeper had no touch of the ball throughout the first half.
The second half continued in the same vain with constant attack by Slazenger’s, Leeds managed to enter the Slazenger’s ‘D’ once with keeper Beth Prince having her first and only touch of the ball. But Slazenger’s increased their goal tally with a further 7 goals making the final score 11-0; 5 goals going to Caroline Schofield, 3 to Aleks Karpinska, 2 to Lauren Fealy and 1 to Natasha Wiper. Joint player if the match went to Caroline Schofield and Lauren Fealy. The end result meant Slazenger’s Ladies 3 maintain their position at the top of the table and cemented Leeds University 8 place firmly at the bottom.
Ladies 4th’s (2) vs. (6) Wakefield 5th’s
The ladies 4th teams winning streak is over. Facing Wakefield’s 5th team at home the sun was shining and the team were hopeful but it wasn’t to be. Wakefield started strong and within 10 minutes scored their first goal but it was only after they scored twice more that Slazengers Cherry Bedford pulled one back. At half time the ladies left the pitch 3-1 down but came back out determined and made some good runs but couldn’t prevent Wakefield pushing through the defence. Wakefield were first to score again and despite a further goal from Cherry, Slazengers lost 6-2. Player Sue Hope.
Men’s 1st’s (3) vs. (2) Sheffield Uni Bankers 4th’s
With the merest hint of a tear in the eye Slazenger First Eleven took to the field on Saturday for veteran Philip ‘safe hands’ Midgley’s last game. In contrast the visiting Sheffield Bankers side were brimming with youthful university exuberance, and numbers! Slazenger however were the first side to open the scoring with a spell of tenacious play by Harry Gunning setting up James Swindon to score. Although this early lead was soon cut short when Sheffield capitalised on some weak midfield marking by the Firsts. A trademark short corner rocket from Tuddenham netted the second and ensured that Slazenger remained in the lead going into halftime.
The second half was a more structured affair from Slazenger, further quality play from man of the match James Swindon alongside notable play from man of the moment Midgley, ensured that as Sheffield lost their heads Slazenger didn’t. The Firsts demonstrated great composure amidst a barrage of stick tackles to finish the game with a 3 – 2 win.
Men’s 2nd’s (1) vs. (1) Leeds 6th’s
Slazengers mens 2’s faced a double header at the weekend, both games against Leeds.
Saturdays away game ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to an excellent Slazengers goal from Chris Gascoigne and a deflected equalizer for Leeds. Slazengers pressed hard and tested the Leeds keeper on a number of occasions but couldn’t get the all important 2nd goal. It was left to the Slazengers defence to hold out at the end when Leeds forced a couple of penalty corners which they held firm to secure a drawer.
Men’s 2nd’s (4) vs. (3) Leeds 6th’s (CUP)
Sunday saw Leeds come to Slazenger in the cup and a few tired legs from the day before led to more goals throughout. Slazenger were in control leading 4-1 midway through the 2nd half thanks to 2 goals apiece for Ben Jackson and Asad Baig only for Leeds to mount a late fightback. They brought it back to 4-3 but couldn’t find the equaliser as Slazenger held out for the win. Josh Dunstan, Owen Bland and James Armitage all stepped up well considering they had played a tournament that morning.
Men’s 3rd’s (3) vs. (2) Sheffield Hallam 6th’s
Slazenger’s 3rd team hosted what looked to be an experienced Sheffield Lineup. However, the lads were still feeling optimistic even without their key player in midfield Matt ‘the legend’ Banks. #GreenArmy went 1-0 down to start with in what looked to be a tough first half, but just before the break Johnson produced a powerful driving ball into the D for Haigh who elegant put the ball into the back of the net to take them into the half 1 a piece.
In the second half, Slaz started to gain a lot more possession of the ball which led to a short corner. Some skilful passing from Perry, Gascoigne and Carruthers ended up with a well deserved 2nd goal for the greens and also Haigh. The clock was ticking on and slaz ended up conceding a 2nd to take the score to 2-2.
With the boys having so many chances and lots of possession they couldn’t settle for 1 point. So new man Hyde stepped up and slotted away a 3rd goal for the greens which sealed all 3 points for slaz. Game finished 3-2 and (the new legend in midfield and also new top goal scorer) Sam Haigh took man of the match.
Match Postponed – Rotherham unable to raise a team.
Mens 5th’s (1) vs. (1) City of York 9th’s
Slazenger 5’s travelled to York, giving debuts to Lewis Killey and Aaron Hunter and fielding a generally young side. That said the quailyty of hockey in the first half was outstanding from Slaz, applying long periods of pressure, but again no goals. HT 0-0.
The second half started with the adults taking the blame. Captain Keith shuffled the line-up putting some players out of their comfort zone, resulting on York pressure, then Dene Minchella broke early at a penalty corner, the re-take resulting in a York goal. But Slaz are resilient, reverted to the usual formation, applied pressure and it resulted in an outstanding goal by Man of the Match Alex Stacey.
Final Score York 1-1 Slazenger 5’s
Ladies 1st’s (2) vs. (3) Leeds Adel 2nd’s
A strong start from the determined Slaz side, pressure on the Adel defence was amazing. however a quick turn ended with a short corner leaving slaz 1-0 down. A quick and sharp burst from Charlotte Gunn and short pass to Alex Gilbert quickly levelled to 1-1. Further pressure cause the elder and more wrinkly Gilbert to quickly net again to gain the lead. With Half time approaching Adel broke through the strong defence equalising at 2-2.
The second half saw Slaz dominate from the off. With the majority of the half in the Adel D, with too many chances to mention. However an unlucky break through left Slaz with 3-2 loss, in the last dying minute of the game. Man of match -Mollie GIlbert; Tart-Katie Minchella. Report by Katie minchella
Ladies 2nd’s (1) vs. (6) Thirsk 2nd’s
After 2 tough away fixtures to start the season Slaz ladies 2s were looking forward to a home fixture in the hope that a game on home soil would break their run of bad luck. Thirsk were the visitors and Slaz thought this would be a more evenly matched game than the previous 2 which would see their goal difference improve and put at least a point on the table. However this wasn’t to be.
Slaz started out strong as usual and had ample chances in the Thirsk D that unfortunately could not be converted, including a chip from Tuscany that bounced off the crossbar to go out of play. There was plenty for Slaz to do defensively and keeper Lizzie Tunstall made some excellent saves including a tremendous stick save to push the ball wide of the post. It was Thirsk who took the lead however when a loose ball was pushed across the line.
Slaz equalised shortly after with a goal from Tuscany and the home side remained confident but 2 further goals from the visitors before half time meant there was more to do in the second half.
Slaz continued to work hard and battled for another 35 minutes but struggled to keep possession. Thirsk were quick with their turnovers and counter attacks and Slaz could not keep the opposition out of their danger area resulting in a further 3 goals being conceded.
Ladies 3rd’s (3) vs. (2) Halifax 5th’s
Slazenger Ladies 3s welcomed Halifax for an early morning pushback in their first home game of the season. Slazenger were hoping to add another 3 points to the tally with a relatively unchanged side from their victory at Huddersfield dragons the week before.
The match began positively with Slazenger putting early pressure on the Halifax defence, with the Halifax keeper showing early on that she would be a tough obstacle for the Slazenger attack to overcome. As the first half passed, Slazenger suffered setbacks with defender Sarah Hobbs and centre forward Caro Schofield both pulling up, limiting their usual prowess. Slazengers were further knocked back when Halifax penetrated the defence to score 2 goals from open play.
The second half saw Slazenger put pressure on the Halifax defence, determined not to give up the battle, and forcing the Halifax keeper to make a number of good saves. However a further injury to forward Natasha Wiper, which saw her have to leave the pitch for a split eye, began to dash the hopes that Slazenger were to make any come back.
Natasha Wiper made an unexpected return to the pitch with only 15 minutes to go and with Slazenger 2 goals down. Slazenger continued to press forward, and dominate the play. They were rewarded when Natasha Wiper found herself in free space and she slotted the ball home. A second goal followed in quick succession which was again put away by Natasha Wiper. Now with a victory in their sights, Slazenger continued the momento, and continued to press, the ball found it’s way into the D again, and again onto the stick of Wiper who smashed it against the backboard to complete the hat trick and give Slazenger the victory. A great come back for Slazenger with player of the match deservedly and unarguably going to Natasha Wiper.
Ladies 4th’s (4) vs. (3) University of Leeds 7th’s
Slazengers ladies 4th team. 3 games – 3 wins! Playing away against University of Leeds 7’s, Slazengers looked the stronger team for the outset. Sue Hope created several opportunities upfront but surprisingly Leeds were first to score. In response, Linda Stacey pushed the team forward and took her opportunity to equalise.
Maisie Davis scored soon after, leaving Slazengers 2:1 up but Leeds University came back fighting and, despite several good saves from new keeper Lauren Hattersley, Leeds scored again. 2:2 at half time.
Slazenger returned from half time confident they could win despite the increasing rain and wind. Captain, Julie Bailey found the goal and put the Slazenger team in the lead again. However much the same as the first half, Leeds came back again to score. With 10 minutes to go, Mia Davis was finally rewarded for her efforts and took the last goal of the game. 4:3 to Slazenger. Player – Julie Bailey.
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