All teams undefeated at Wilmslow Hockey Club
Wilmslow ladies’ second team faced an away fixture at Northop Hall looking to continue their current form. In frosty conditions, Wilmslow did not look too hot themselves in the first 10 minutes.
This soon resulted in going 1-0 down as Northop Hall continued to disrupt play, and managed to convert a short corner after continuingly threatening the Wilmslow goal.
Just before the end of the first half Wilmslow managed to make it one-a-piece as Jen Nurmi fired in from the top of ‘D’ after winning short corner.
The second half saw a completely different Wilmslow team as they took control of the game.
Amy Bracegirdle was determined to turn the game around, and after a clever pass from Louise Charlesworth, she dribbled into the D and struck the ball confidently to make it 2-1.
Wilmslow continued to take control, and began to play the hockey that has seen them do so well this year.
The third goal came from a well drilled short corner that was finished off by Rachel Payne. Wilmslow’s confidence grew and the whole team starting to fire on all cylinders.
Northop Hall continued to defend in numbers but another short corner was won and Jen Egan made no mistake scoring from the top of the ‘D’ making the end result 4-1 to Wilmslow.
A second half performance that Wilmslow can be very proud of.
Elsewhere the ladies’ first team were unable to play due to a frozen pitch, the ladies’ third team beat local rivals Alderley Edge 1-0, whilst the ladies’ fourth team beat Macclesfield 2-0.
The men’s first team drew 2-2 with City of Manchester in a tightly fought game, whilst the men’s second team had a greater success.
Wilmslow kept their run of success going against Triton, but made heavy weather of it, eventually labouring to a 3-1 success against their relegation-threatened rivals.
As has been an ongoing theme all season, Wilmslow started quickly, and were soon in front when Roger Eden did well down the right wing before finding Matt Bonner in the ‘D’, who finished with a trademark reverse-stick shot.
Wilmslow failed to press home that advantage, though, allowing Triton back into the game, and the visitors drew level before the break when converting a short corner.
Wilmslow remained unable to hit top gear the second half and needed an off-the-line clearance from man-of-the-match Max Green to keep things level before James Bell scored a goal befitting of such a scrappy affair, his slow-motion effort creeping over the line.
It wasn't until Eden and Bonner combined again late in the match to bring up Bonner's brace, that the home side could relax, and better will be needed when they travel to closest rivals Bramhall next week.
The men’s third team beat Timperley 6-1 whilst the fourth team also beat Timperley 2-0.
However the juniors had the greatest success beating Chester an astonishing 18-1, and Brooklands 4-3.