Match Report – Mens 5ths – Saturday 7th February

Magpies entertained Bury 3rds this weekend who are by far one of the better teams in the league but with a tendency to be a little erratic. In the away leg of this fixture Bury were by far the stronger and should have sealed the win but for a last minute spirited fight back that saw Magpies snatch a draw. Therefore a tough encounter was expected this weekend but when Bury arrived with only 9 players Magpies confidence grew.

It was no surprise therefore that Magpies found the net early in the match an excellent flowing move of passes with Bury just not able to cover the entire pitch. Sumner fed Dolton, Dolton moved the ball swiftly to Pope and Pope slipped the ball right to the on coming Matt Bensly who just had the advancing keeper to beat. Matt made no mistake and placed his shot into the corner of the goal.

The only disappointment was that this was the only goal of the game, despite Magpies numerical advantage Bury worked hard all day and limited Magpies chances albeit Pete Dolton will rue the chances he had to make the score line more convincing.

However with a limited attacking threat Magpies did use the opportunity to test their junior players in new roles and gave Jamie Hinsley his home debut. The step up from boys development hockey is a big one but he acquitted himself well in the heart of the 5th team defence.