Hockey: Wilmslow's Men & Ladies teams both suffer home losses


Wilmslow Mens 1st 1 Sheffield UB Mens 1st 4

Sheffield University Bankers made the trip across the Pennines to take on Wilmslow Men's first team on a sunny autumn afternoon at Oakwood Farm.

Neither side truly asserted their dominance in a cagey opening 25 minutes, as the Bankers tested Wilmslow with some direct running and Wilmslow tried to get their trademark passing game going.

Wilmslow took the lead mid way through the first half when Andy Hunt popped up at the back post to deflect a Steve Edmonds snap shot into the net.

Bankers were level shortly after half time as Wilmslow couldn't clear a short corner and the ball was bundled home.

Wilmslow started to build the pressure and had a sustained period of 15 minutes camped in the Bankers' half. Bankers were holding out but Wilmslow were starting to show signs of being able to break down their well organised opponents.

Wilmslow were unlucky therefore to concede on the break as the ball was slapped across the D for a man sliding in to tap in. The men in orange attempted to rebuild but were victims of losing their focus and discipline. The tangerines received three costly cards which left them with a numerical disadvantage for the remainder of the game.

Bankers took advantage of this and added two further goals to add gloss to the score line and complete a 4-1 win, and consign Wilmslow to a rare home loss.

Mens 2nd move up to second place in the league with a fine 3-2 away at Didsbury Northern

3rds lost 1-4 to a strong Brooklands 5th squad

4ths trounced Timperley 6th 6-0

Wilmslow Ladies 1s 2 Deeside Ramblers Ladies 1s 3

Wilmslow had a predictably close game with their West Cheshire visitors with whom they fought for top honours most of last season.

Deeside managed to gain revenge for last season by being faster on the attack. For the oranges,Hannah Coulson was a thorn in the Deeside defence and from one of her attacks Wilmslow opened the scoring when a shot from the ever-sharp Lindsay Rachubka was deflected in by Maddy Troup. It looked as if the oranges would slowly grind down Deeside when Aneka Hall tapped in a second.

Unfortunately Wilmslow had an off day with their movement out of defence and always looked vulnerable to Deeside's very fast breaks.

One has to look back a long way to find when keeper Cat Lang last had to fish the ball out of her goal on three occasions in one match.

A rare but fair defeat against a good side has cost Wilmslow top slot, for now.

Wilmslow Ladies 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths all played their opposite numbers from Neston HC and a tangerine tide totally eclipsed the pink shirts of the Wirral club.

Wilmslow won all four matches: 3-1,2-0,3-1 and 2-0.

Although the Ladies 1st relinquished top spot, Ladies 3rd and 4th now sit atop their leagues.

Match report by Steve Kinsella.

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