With Christmas just around the corner, the following is the arrangements for the Christmas / New Year Break.
Unfortunately due to some of the bad weather we have recently had, it has meant that some training sessions have already finished for the year.
Last Training Sessions:
First Sessions Back:
Have a great break, see you in 2018!
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
With a tough weekend of results, this weeks’ “Team of the week” is the Ladies 3rd’s after their 5-3 win against the Ladies 4th’s. However, notable mentions go to the Ladies 4th’s for their part in the fixture, and the Mens 1st’s for their 5 goals in a 10 goal thriller against Rotherham 1sts.
Last weekend saw the first games of December. Tuddy is back on top, netting 4, but there are still plenty of games left before Christmas, and plenty of time to score goals!
Novembers Top Goalscorers
4 Goals – Richard Tuddenham.
2 Goals – Aleks Kapinska, Caro Schofield.
1 Goal – Ben Jackson, Matt Banks, Mia Davies, Harry Gunning, Danny Croxall, Diane Jones, Paul Johnson, Lyn Wood.
Down but not out, Slaz began the second half with vigour and Tuddingham drew Slaz level. However Rotherham showed that their top of the league position is not purely down to the helpful umpiring that they receive in home games and quickly scored two scrappy goals. 5-3 down with time running out it was time to stand up, with youngster Chilton, Gascoigne, Dunston and Gunning battling well, the later gave Slaz hope with a wonderful reverse stick finish. Slaz, now dominant, brought the home crowd to their feet with Tuddenham tucking home from Mark Swinden’s powerful cross. 5-5 it finished as Rotherum trudged off with many of their players refusing to acknowledge the umpires or their morally superior opposition.
With these teams still where they began the day in the promotion positions in Yorkshire Division 1 we are left to wonder whether this rivalry will be resumed next season in the Yorkshire Premier league and whether Slaz want to.
Men’s 2nds (2) vs. (5) Rotherham 2nd’s
Some of the mens 2nd’s travelled down the motorway to Rotherham for the away leg of this league fixture. Having come off second best in a closely fought encounter at the beginning of the season, Slaz were looking to capitalise on their recent good form to bring home 3 points. Unfortunately, wracked by availability issues, including some last minute problems meant the team travelled with 11 men, which was made worse when Jez “gets lost in housing estates” Whawell lived up to his nickname, and the team had to start with 10.
Slaz however, started the brighter and after weathering an aggressive Rotherham attack; with keeper Daz Buttery pulling off some fantastic early saves, the team looked in control. It looked as though the fates were smiling on the visitors, when a rebounded short corner shot from Asad Baig was tapped in by stand-in-captain James “Dodge” Taylor, and Jez arrived on the pitch to complete the 11 man team.
However Rotherham showed they were not going to be a pushover, taking advantage of some advantageous decisions to capitalise, going into the break 2-1 to the good.
The second half went the way of the first, with Slaz looking to equalise, but failing to find a rhythm. Rotherham hit fast on the break, and took a commanding lead at 4-1. When Slaz found their feet, they struggled to make it count. Ben “Thriller” Jackson slotted home a second from a well worked attacking run, but when Baig put a flick over the net, and series of penalty corners were not converted it looked like the game was slipping away.
However, it wasnt over for Rotherham, making the most of well timed advantage to bring their tally to 5.
Men’s 3rd’s (2) vs. (5) Huddersfield 3rd’s
Slazenger entertained Huddersfield in what looks likely to be a battle for survival, Slazenger started the game strongly with some good passing and quick attacks however it was a similar story to the season that against the run of play Huddersfield on a counter attack got a short corner from which they scored.
Slazenger seemed to be affected by this and struggled for composure through the rest of the game, however with some good work through the middle a short corner was won where Perry played a great out ball for Paul Johnson to strike cleanly bringing the scores level. In what was to be a similar story however, Huddersfield soon had another short corner to which they scored and went into the half time break 2-1 up. A strong half time talk seemed to have woken Slazenger up as PJ won plenty of tackles and the midfield trio of “James blunt”, “Fish”, and “God” were all able to find passes, and through some strong attacking down the wings another short corner was won. Al again aimed for PJ but instead found Matt “God” Banks who was able to adjust and drill a bending shot straight past the keeper to level the scores back up. Unfortunately rather than spur on Slazenger this seemed to wake up Huddersfield who got back with two quick goals.
Despite some strong running by Tim and Roo upfront, trying to harass where they could the play was at the other end of the pitch. Slazenger defenders tried to stop the bleeding and some strong saves from Harry “Micro” Buttery kept the scores respectful. However, despite the energy from Slazenger it was Huddersfield who scored two more goals that meant Slazenger went home with no points and a bitter taste of defeat on an evening that could have been so much more.
Men’s 4th’s (1) vs. (3) Wakefield 7th’s
Slaz travelled to local rivals Wakefield as they looked to continue their run of recent performances and pick up a result in the derby.
Slaz started on the front foot as they looked to grab the opening goal which would be crucial in a game like this. Early chances were created for both sides as Davy Ramsdale went close. However, it was the home side who opened the scoring as they took a well created chance on the left post. Slaz went into half time undeservedly behind 1-0 in a very even game.
The second half was much of the same as both teams look to attack in a very end to end game. Slaz continued to create chances through Chris Flavell and Peter Gunning. Eventually, the equaliser came through a well worked short corner finished off by captain Danny Croxall to deflect the shot of Josh Hujwan past the keeper. The game was very much in the balance going into the last 20 minutes. Both teams were searching for a winner when a goal came for the home side through another deflection. Slaz looked to bounce back again and continued to attack but without no end product. This left a lack of numbers back in the Slaz defence and Wakefield finished the game with another goal and eventual winners 3-1.
Man of the match went to Darren Bailey for a superb defensive effort which ultimately didn’t get the deserved rewards. The performance was another improvement in what has been a great few weeks for the 4s. Next week Slazengers play Sheffield Hallam 8s at home at 3 o clock.
Men’s 5th’s (0) vs. (1) Halifax 5th’s
Having well beaten Halifax last time out we travelled there unsure what type of team they would field this time. Slazenger were soon to find out there weren’t too many young players and 5 adults on the pitch at any one time. With great character Slazenger started well with their impressive game with some great chances but were unable to beat the opposition adult goalkeeper.
Having made some substitutions Slazenger lost their structure and began to struggle, having to defend determinedly for half the game. Halifax converted well a short corner to go 1-0 up. Man of match Lucas Smith worked hard in the middle with Alex Stacey and Tommy Randle. Some good saves made by Aidan Coughtree in goal kept us in the game and even a late super sub of Matt Green wasn’t enough to draw level. Well done to whole team.
Ladies 2nd’s (0) vs. (6) Leeds 3rd’s
After their first win of the season, and a week off due to a frozen pitch, the ladies were raring to go against a strong Leeds team which were second in the table.
The ladies had a confident start and their efforts going forward were rewarded with four short corners in quick succession. Unfortunately, none were converted but the game was very even and they were in high spirits. The ball was moved well from the back, with some great work down the lines and running into space. The forwards were looking for a goal as their pressure in Leeds’ D was promising. The quick short passes were working well all across the pitch however they were still unable to get the ball in the back of the net despite a few chances. A fast Leeds team took advantage of the counterattack and were close to scoring but the defence were composed and managed to stop them. The short corners were well defended and there were no goals for the Leeds side. The score was a positive 0-0 at half time.
The second half proved challenging for the Slaz side with keeper Lizzie having to make some vital saves. However it was hard to stop their well worked short corner which opened the scoring early in the second half. Leeds’ chances then came thick and fast and they didn’t miss their opportunities. Within minutes, the score was 3-0 to the away team. Slaz were tiring but continued to work hard and still managed to stop the quick breaks. The home team’s heads dropped slightly and Leeds managed to get 2 more goals later on in open play. An unlucky deflection on the line by Slaz at a short corner made it 6-0 with minutes until the final whistle. The pressure was still being piled on Slaz in their half and the home side rarely managed to get in the opposition D resulting in few chances. Despite this, the work rate didn’t drop and the defence kept strong until the end with good clearances to deny Leeds of any more chances. Final result 6-0.
Ladies 3rd’s (5) vs. (3) Slazenger 4
The match of the season……….not sure whether this has ever happened at Slazenger’s. Ladies 3s did not have to travel far for this match, however a change of kit was required, from green to red shirts and socks to face the Ladies 4s at Slazenger’s.
This was going to be a very interesting match, with both teams a little nervous. Ladies 3s took first push, starting off strong. However, this was short lived as the ladies 4s took control and quickly passed the ball up the pitch to ladies 3s ‘D’. Ladies 4s had a few shots on goal, but these were thwarted by ladies 3s defence, Emma Eley, Maisie Fallas, Jess Downing, Esther Hill and good keeping from Lizzie Tunstall.
The ball was quickly passed back up the pitch through the midfield, Justine Birkett, Emily Entwistle and Lauren Fealy to ladies 4s ‘D’, where ladies 3s forwards had numerous attempts on goal, Caro Schofield, Di Jones, Josie Hughes and Aleks Karpinska. Ladies 3s were finally able to connect with the back boards of the goal, with Aleks Karpinska completing.
This did not deter the ladies 4s and they were hungry for a goal, which was completed from a struggle in the ‘D’ and the ball was slipped over the line into the goal. Ladies 3s upped their game and drove the ball hard to the other end of the pitch. A few attempts on the goal and Diane Jones claimed a goal.
Half time score Ladies 3s (2-1)
Ladies 4s took second half push back and they were hungry of a goal. Ladies 3s where not going to back down lightly!! Equal play and short corners from both teams in the second half saw ladies 4s rewarded with a second goal. And ladies 3s determined to not leave this game as draw, pushed onto convert three further goals with Caro Schofield claiming 2 and Aleks Karpinska claiming 1. Excellent work from Ladies 3’s midfield; forwards and great defensive work, enabled ladies 3s to come out on top.
Ladies 4th’s (3) vs. (5) Slazenger 3rd’s
Slazenger ladies 4’s played Slazengers 3rd team this weekend and despite the 4’s expecting a challenge, it’s the game they were all looking forward to. The 4’s dynamic warm up started the morning well and by the time they got to shooing the chickens – the 3’s knew the 4’s meant business!
The 4’s looked good from the first whistle and attacked strongly with good opportunities up front. However, within minutes, the 3rd team had a fast break up the pitch and scored. Undeterred, the 4th team responded and managed to keep their attackers busy with great runs from Lily Gilbert on the right and with several short corners given by the 3’s. Maisie Davis, Mia Davis and Cherry Bedford all proved their worth with quick passing and movement until finally Mia Davis found the goal.
The 1:1 score line was unfortunately short lived and before half time, The 3rd Team scored again.
At half time and feeling very pleased with themselves, the 4’s came back out as enthusiastic as ever which even after another goal from the 3’s shortly after didn’t knock. The 4’s held their own, Lauren Hattersley in goal prevented several more goals against with Linda Stacey clearing the ball to reach up front. Lyn Wood pushed up in mid-field and her first ever goal for the club pulled the game back to 3:2.
Unfortunately, the 3’s showed their worth and with 10 minutes to go, scored 2 further goals. A 5:2 defeat for the 4th team but a really good game of hockey. Player – Lauren Hattersley.
Next up were Huddersfield Dragons. A very strong start from Slazenger put the pressure on them straight away. Two misses on goal gave Owen Coughtree a third opportunity which he took to score Slaz their first goal. Slazengers’ solid defence kept any advances by Huddersfield at bay. A strong pass by Dan Bailey gave the centre mid (Edward Farrell) opportunity to take several shots on goal until finally getting it past their keeper. This gave Slazenger a 2-0 win.
Driffield played Slazenger in what was to be a devastating match. Slaz proved to hold their own for the first few minutes, showing no fear against a more mature opposition. It was even suggested from the sideline that some of these players could have actually been small adults! (The Assistant Team Manager also claiming to have seen more than one Driffield player with a moustache). The valiant defence from Slazenger soon came to an abrupt end when a Driffield striker scored with an outstanding drag-flick. Two strong saves by Owen’s debut goalkeeping position delayed the inevitable. Shortly before the Team Manager began to weep, another 6 goals fired past leaving the score 7-0 to Driffield.
Slazenger last game was against Bingley Bee’s. This was a match more balanced with the Slazenger abilities. The only obvious difference between the teams was Bingley had a very effective Goalkeeper. Harry Ashford and Edward made countless shots on goal only to be saved time and time again. Harry eventually scored after Slaz were 2 goals down leaving the final score 2-1 to Bingley.
Slazenger Boys U16’s had the home field advantage hosting the latest division 2 tournament at Slazengers. However the level of competition was high and it wasnt going to be as easy as they thought.
The first game was against a well drilled Ben Rhydding side. Rhydding were well organised and defended as a unit. A sleepy Slaz were unable to utilise the skills they had to penetrate the defence. While the opposition attacks were snuffed out, the teams stayed locked at 0-0, where the game ended.
Slaz next took on tournament favourites City of York. It was clear that they were fit, well drilled and well organised. The midfield trio of Owen Bland, Josh Dunstan and Katie Minchella worked well, and showed Slaz had learned some lessons from their first encounter. However an unfortunate pair of defensive slip ups meant allowed York in and they converted to take a 2-0 result. Some good defending by Josh Swallow, and James Armitage alongside goalkeeper Harry Buttery kept the deficit to 2-0.
A reorganisation of the squad for the final game reaped rewards. Bland coordinated the defence, with Will Fealy, Dunstan and Minchella running midfield. The team looked brighter and put in a much improved performance, with several early chances to score through Ben Mace. However, it was Jack Lee who provided the winner to take the result 1-0 and stay in division 2.
This weekend marked the 50th season for Tony Walker as a Slazenger player. Tony made his debut for SHC in the 1967 season, when the club was still a factory team. In the intervening years the club has changed an awful lot, but Tony has continued to be a stalwart of the club, playing in every season since.
On Saturday, he was escorted onto the pitch with a guard of honour of current junior, senior and opposition players, in front of an audience of past players, and friends.
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
This weeks’ “Team of the week” is the Men’s 1st’s, after their impressive 7-1 victory at Leeds 5th’s, including a double hat-trick for Richard Tuddenham! Notable mentions also go to Ladies 1st’s for continuing their winning run, and Men’s 4th’s for their beating of local rivals Huddersfield 4th’s.
Last weekend saw the final games of November and the results are in. While the ice prevented some games from going ahead, Tuddy made the most of it to put 6 in, moving to the top of November’s table. Everything resets for December, so get scoring!
Congratulations to Will Buckley, Holly Tyres, Keith Stevenson, Harry Buttery and Harry Gunning for being awarded their Level 1 Umpires award at the weekend!
Novembers Top Goalscorers
11 Goals – Richard Tuddenham
8 Goals – Aleks Kapinska
6 Goals – Caro Schofield, Holly Tyres
Ladies 1st’s (4) vs. (1) Dewsbury 1st’s
It was cold as ice and with the pitch unplayable for the early game, the ladies 1’s played the first game of the day against Dewsbury.
On a special day celebrating Mr Walkers half century playing for the club the ladies hoped to get the party started with another win.
Despite the cold, Slaz were walking on sunshine after a run of 5 wins and the question on everyones lips today was “who wants it??”
Taking the first push back Tyres seeing the glisten of the golden stick took matters into her own hands and with the wind beneath her wings whittled past the defence and after a couple of passes slipped the ball passed the keepers outstretched foot into the back of the net.
The young guns were having some fun with the younger Gilbert strong on the right while Mini Minch worked the left side. It wasn’t long before Minchella took the ball into the D and having seen her first shot saved, picked the ball up on the reverse and with the eye of the tiger saw the gap and quickly fired the ball goal bound.
The mid field were strong, stronger and strong enough making it clear to all that they don’t play no game that they cant win.
With the temperature rising, on the stroke of half time (reminiscent of last weeks end to the game) a short corner was awarded to Slaz. There was no reason to go to a flick this time, the team who clearly don’t stop believing converted the well worked set play courtesy of Hannah Field.
Half time score 3:0
The second half saw Dewsbury launch a fight back and after a sustained attack converted a well worked short corner.
Defensively – working as a unit no further chances were given and play returned to the other end of the pitch. Mini Minch took the ball – Gilbert the elder gave the call, and was able to pass the ball through the keepers feet into the goal.
Final score 4:1
Special thanks go to Will Buckley and Dave Brereton for umpiring. MVP this week was a 3 way split with Paige, Bubbles, and Tyres.
Ladies 2nd’s – POSTPONED DUE TO ICE
Ladies 3rd’s – POSTPONED DUE TO ICE
Ladies 4th’s (0) vs. (4) Halifax 5th’s
With snow on the hills all around, the ladies 4th team were pleased to find a clear pitch, though the wind made it feel extremely cold. However, Linda Stacey cleverly avoided the freezing temperature – 5 minutes into the game deciding that heading the ball would be a good way of defending and getting to a warm A and E. She was last heard re-planning how the team should lineup without her. Running on adrenalin, Slazengers then had a barrage of short corners against them which Lauren, Jo, Em and Sara defended really well.
Unfortunately, Halifax managed to get 2 past us by half time and we were unlucky when Maisie Davis’ shot went wide. The second half saw some great saves from Lauren Hattersley but without Linda, and some good presses against us, hit outs were difficult to get down to the other end. A great run and chance for Cherry to score just went wide, and Ashleigh Jones was all over the midfield and defence in her debut, earning a well-deserved Player of match award.
The final score of 4-0 was very respectable given that we didn’t have some key players and were playing five 13 year olds in very uncomfortable conditions. Thanks to Justine who came to sub then ended up playing all the game bar 5 mins and who nearly got Tart due to her shoes falling apart and requiring taping up to hold them together. Thanks to Jo too, who gave up a trampolining event in order to support a team in need.
An update of this weeks fixtures and last weeks results
Last Week’s Results
After winning their first game of the season, this weeks “Team of the Week” is Ladies 2nd’s with a superb 4-1 win over City of York. Notable mentions also go to Men’s 5’s for their victory over Ben Rhydding, and Ladies 1st’s and 3rd’s who continue their winning runs!
This weekend also saw another 28 goals scored, with some new names on the top scorer table, however some familiar faces are still out front! Only 1 more weekend left in Novembers competition!
Novembers Top Goalscorers
8 Goals – Aleks Kapinska
6 Goals – Caro Schofield
5 Goals – Richard Tuddenham, Holly Tyres
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.
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