North Somerset held to a draw in eight-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 08:19 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19 28 November 2018

North Somerset Hockey Club juniors.

North Somerset Hockey Club juniors.

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North Somerset men’s 1st XI were held to a draw against Yeovil & Sherborne, the teams sharing eight goals.

North Somerset men entertained Yeovil & Sherborne at Gordano School in an eight-goal thriller with the spoils shared.

The squad was boosted pregame with the introduction of the mercurial Scott Mills and returning regular Mike Hooper, Charlie Dangerfield still an absentee due to injury and Rich Pugsley took a bench position despite illness.

The first goal came for North after some strong build-up play led to a short corner, up stepped drag flick specialist Darshane Theara to despatch the ball low to the keeper’s right in off the side board.

The second goal came slightly against the run of play. Lee Chambers set Scott Mills free on halfway and he outstripped the last covering defender before firing an absolute bullet of his reverse high into the opposite corner of the net.

North tails were up now and they scored again when another short corner was fired home by Theara.

After the break, Yeovil came out of the traps hard and pulled two goals back. Finally the home side strung together a couple of passes and made a rare visit into Yeovil territory and Scott Voisey set up Hooper for an easy tap-in.

A card and trip to the sin bin for Patt Tanner meant the home side were now battling with 10 men and Yeovil managed to level the scores at 4-4.

Hughes carpentry man of the match was Scott Mills.

The ladies 1st XI enjoyed a comfortable 7-0 win against Keynsham.

With Michelle Harrold suffering from the plague and Jessica Smith watching the inter-colonial rugby in Cardiff, Joanne Withers was brought in from seconds and paired with Molly Wilcox, with Helen Fraser Graham as the rolling sub.

The ladies were 2-0 up at half time and scored another five by the end. Injuries were suffered by Rebecca Urch due to her stopping a Lis Dane bullet with her wrist, before losing Lis too after she twisted her knee.

Gabrielle Trelease was called into action a few times in the second half to keep herself warm with another clean sheet to her and the defence’s name.

Goals came from Helen Fraser Graham, Wallis Jozefowicz, Lara Ford (2), Rebecca Urch, Elisabeth Dane and Molly.

North Somerset 2nd XI turned up to face a motivated Westbury & UB C side who were hoping to leap ahead of North Somerset in the league.

Westbury pressed early on, but a sterling effort from the defence, Andy Checkley, Graham Feboul and Tim Graham along with Rob O’Neil in goal were able to soak up all the pressure.

North Somerset’s were able to break away with a fast counter attack catching Westbury on the break allowing Harry Croker to slot away a goal, ably supported by Adam Howard and Calum Black.

The midfield were the powerhouse of the team with Tom Broome, Courtney Sandford and Sam Aldridge stringing together a well orchestrated selection of passes which resulted in Black scoring, but this was disallowed.

After the break, Croker was once again fed the ball from Billy Knowlson and was again able to slot the ball home to make it 2-0.

Westbury pressure resulted in the ball hitting the back of the net, but was it a high ball and disallowed, with North Somerset holding out for all three points.

One of the unsung stars of the day was John Bennett, while injured came along to offer support and coaching from the sidelines.

Man of the Match was Tom Broome

The 3rd XI played OB’s who started third in the league and won 5-1, with Graham Marshall scoring to put North 1-0 up early on.

Shawn Huxham scored with a reverse hit after a good pass from Phil Toomey out of the midfield. Jack Colling repeatedly used his speed to his advantage and won a penalty flick after he was brought down by the OB’s keeper. Toomey stepped up and increased the lead.

At the start of the second half, OB’s were rewarded with a goal but this was only a consolation as North got back into their rhythm and saw Dan Dudley score his first senior goal for North from a short corner and Graham Marshall getting his second goal to make the score 5-1.

Sunday saw juniors play in different age groups with teams representing the Under-11 and 13 age groups travelling to Winscombe for some friendlies.

The Under-11s faced a team of almost entirely year 6 (the oldest allowed), but North brought a younger team, featuring Tom, Barney, Katie, Lexie, Barney, Charlie, Joe, Hugh and Oscar.

They played brilliantly and both teams played without a goalie, so it was seven outfield players a piece leading to lots of passes across the whole of the pitch and some great movement to find the space, with the match finishing 3-2 to North Somerset.

The Under-13s consisted of Josh A, Josh W, Dan K, Dan C, Poppy, Maddie, Lily, Stan, Charlie and Lucy.

North had one of their stronger teams out and it showed as they moved the ball around well, getting the ball to the wings.

Goals from Josh A (2), Poppy, Lucy and Charlie could have been added to but for a skilled Winscombe keeper who will clearly be a great player for the future. Dan C in the North goal had little to do, but was solid when called upon.

If you are interested in getting (back) into hockey, please visit www.northsomersethockeyclub.co.uk to contact us and come along to see us.

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