MENS 5TH TEAM REPORT 20TH JANUARY 2018

Mens 5th Team v Cranes (Away (L) W4-0)

After the disappointment of loosing their first match since September last weekend the 5ths wanted to get back into winnings ways but with only a bear 11 available and a cold and wet afternoon the prospects did not look good.
However the team, in particular our junior players, played with a maturity, patience and confidence from the outset which was a delight to see pushing Cranes back into a defensive mind set and formation. As a result it then became just a matter of how would Magpies would convert their dominance into goal scoring opportunities.
With the Cranes keeper anticipating magpies attacks it looked like this was going to be a tricky afternoon but the pressure finally told and Bens Emms from a short corner used his skills and game sense to evade the on rushing defenders and then from close range fire the ball past the isolated keeper.
However it took until the final minute of the first half before Magpies could extend this leads, the Cranes keeper was making save after safe but eventually a defenders foot on the goal line gave Magpies a penalty stroke was awarded. James Bensly stepped up to make certain of a 2-0 lead at half time.
The second half continued in a similar vein but a shorter passing game developed as the weather conditions began to take their toll. Magpies athletic build’s suffering in the persistent rain and cold wind. However, it take a lot to dent Magpies youngsters enthusiasm for a goal and they still looked sharp in front of goal testing the Cranes keeper regularly. Tom Caston breaking the second half stalemate with a brace of goals towards the end of the half, the second the pick of the bunch, a rising shot which squeezed in between the goal keeper and goal post.
Man of the Match, Ben Emms never tired and lead by example from the front – one for the future and will need testing at a higher level of hockey very soon.