Wilmslow Men 1st 3 Newcastle University Men 1st 1
The tangerines have been getting closer and closer in the last few weeks and finally collected three points on Saturday. Still battling injuries which have sidelined skipper, Ben James, and now stand in skipper Tom Davenport, Wilmslow turned to Jack Wright who put in an inspirational performance in the captain's armband, watched by his parents both of whom have captained Wilmslow 1st in the past.
From the start Newcastle threatened to overrun the hosts with skilful running and energetic presses. Keeper, Si Pickering, pulled off a number of top class saves. Eventually, however, in the 14th minute, Newcastle opened the scoring from a penalty corner.
Gradually Wilmslow crept back into the game. Steve Edmonds, returning from injury, started to torment the visitors and runs from Cameron Armstrong and David Boddie gave their defence some serious exercise.
Finally as half time approached Pete Hallinan levelled the scores.
Straight from the second half whistle Wilmslow attacked and won a penalty corner. Martin Wright powered the ball into the net to make it 2-1. The home side played with a lot more confidence from then on and 15 minutes later another penalty corner allowed Wright to repeat his strike low and hard into the Newcastle goal to make it 3-1.
As the game progressed Wilmslow turned the screw. Edmonds, Hallinan and Andy Hunt played some scintillating hockey, finding more reserves of energy than their younger opponents but no more goals came.
Wilmslow Mens 2nd faced a rampant Fylde 1st team and went down 0-3. Mens 3rd beat Neston 4th 3-2 but the 4th lost to Crewe Vagrants 2nd.
Biggest scorers of the day were the 5ths who put 7 past Bowdon 8th with only 1 in reply past debutant goalie Jim Grosvenor.
Timperley Ladies 2nd 1 Wilmslow Ladies 1s 3
Another good day in the office for Ladies 1st who are now three points clear at the top of the table. Ladies 2nd had a field day against Rhyl 1st, winning 7-0 Ladies 3rd lost 1-3 away to Chester 3rd. Ladies 4th won at home against Whitchurch 2nd, 6-0 with veteran Penny Sparrow enjoying a four goal spree. Ladies 5th lost narrowly to Bowdon 7th 2-3.
Match report by Steve Kinsella.