Wilmslow Men’s 1s – 3
Newcastle University Men’s 1s – 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.
Jack put in an inspirational performance in the captain’s armband, watched by his parents – both of whom have captained Wilmslow 1s 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 Men’s 2s faced a rampant Fylde 1s and went down 0-3.
The Men’s 3s beat Neston 4s, 3-2, but the 4s lost to Crewe Vagrants 2s.
The biggest scorers of the day were the 5s who put seven past Bowdon 8th with only one in reply past debutant goalie Jim Grosvenor.
Timperley Ladies’ 2s – 1
Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s – 3
Another good day in the office for Ladies’ 1s, who are now three points clear at the top of the table.
The Ladies’ 2s had a field day against Rhyl 1s, winning 7-0.
The Ladies’ 3s lost 1-3 away to Chester 3s.
The Ladies’ 4s won at home against Whitchurch 2s, 6-0 with veteran Penny Sparrow enjoying a four goal spree.
The Ladies’ 5s lost narrowly to Bowdon 7s, 2-3.