The fourth round of the Bealey’s Ale House CPL saw a couple titanic battles between the Carlton Redcliffs and Harewood teams, some high scoring draws on the men’s side and a draw in the bottom of the table clash on the women’s side.
Carlton Redcliffs v Harewood
The first match of the day saw the first of the big battles between Harewood and Carlton Redcliffs.
The Redcliffs lads started the better of the two teams and dominated the first quarter putting away two well taken penalty corners, one each to Mitchell Davis and Adam Hillis. The Hunters came back strongly at the start of the second quarter resulting in Morgan Taylor finding the net to score his first, followed two minutes later with his second, a toma into the bottom corner. But Reddos continued to dominate the game and scored from a counter-attack sparked by Chris Goldsbury and finished by Declan Keaney to send them into the halftime break 3-2 up. The third quarter had both teams throwing everything they had into the game, which resulted in a number of cards dished out to both sides but no change to the scoreboard. Redcliffs started the fourth quarter with a bang when Chris Goldsbury latched onto a Harewood defensive error and scored in the first 30 seconds putting them ahead 4-2 and thinking they had the game in the bag. With time running out Harewood continued to fight and with some inspired play from Richard Bain, who scored a hat-trick in the last 9 minutes, found themselves in front for the first time. Redcliffs pushed hard in the dying minutes and were rewarded with a stroke on the final hooter, but Tom Mouldey failed to find a way past Tom Mallon. The win puts Harewood comfortably at the top of the table five points clear of University and Avon, while Carlton Redcliffs slump to 6th after their second loss of the season.
(Richard Bain 3, Morgan Taylor 2) Carlton Redcliffs: 4
(Declan Keaney, Mitchell Davis, Adam Hillis, Chris Goldsbury)
Marist v University
The second game on the men’s side of the competition was another classic with Marist coming up against the students from University. Lead by some unreal work and outstanding skill from Hamish Mckechnie upfront and Jordan van Riele in the defence, the Unicorns found themselves in front 2-0 at the end of the second quarter, Sam Mark tapping in a penalty corner rebound and Bryce Smith slotting a glorious stroke. The Musketeers came out firing in the third quarter and scored a couple of their own as University lost composure, a well worked penalty corner variation with Nick Brazzalle finding the top of the net, and the second after a great baseline run setting up an easy tap in by James Whitehouse. Marist then dominated the start of the fourth quarter and George Connell found their third goal from another PC variation layoff right, followed quickly by a fourth, Ben Grimshaw on the spot finishing off another strong left hand baseline run. But Uni refused to be outdone, dug deep and found the Mana to score two goals in the last two minutes, Sam Mark slotting home off a penalty corner variation and Peter Anderson scoring the equaliser with a neat deflection in the dying seconds. University now sit second equal on the points table with Avon, while Marist drop to 5th after only posting one win so far this season.
(George Connell, Nick Brazzalle, James Whitehouse, Ben Grimshaw) University: 4
(Sam Mark 2, Bryce Smith, Peter Anderson)
Helloworld Fendalton Avon v HSOB/Burnside
With the Avon lads keen to hold on to their 3rd spot on the table and HSOB/Burnside desperate to climb out of 7th this game had all the makings of another entertaining clash. In a game that saw the lead seesaw throughout the match, Avon started the scoring when Adrian Smith finished off some good work from Dan McBride to put them ahead at the end of the first quarter. However, HSOB took control of the second quarter and were rewarded with a couple of goals, Tom Leov and Moss Jackson finding the back of the net. Into a manic third quarter and a piece of individual brilliance from Lewis Edmond set up Rob Buhler for the equaliser for Avon, but Old Boys regained the lead again soon after as Tom Leov slotted his second of the day. With seconds remaining in the quarter Levi Barrow calmly rounded Louis Beckert, the HSOB keeper, to slip the ball home and tie it all up at the end of the third. Old Boys fought hard through the last quarter and probably feel they let maximum points slip away as they forced Avon to defend several PC’s but couldn’t convert. The result sees Avon maintain second equal on the points table while HSOB/Burnside stay in 7th, still looking for their elusive first win of the CPL season.
(Levi Barrow, Adrian Smith, Rob Buhler) HSOB/Burnside: 3
(Tom Leov 2, Moss Jackson)
Hornby v Southern United
In the last match on the men’s side of the competition the Hornby Vipers came up against Southern United. The Stingers came out the stronger of the two teams and dominated the first quarter, but errors up front meant that they lead only 1-0 at the end of the quarter, Brad Shaw executing a strong sweep into the bottom left hand corner of the Hornby net from a penalty corner. The second quarter was then all Hornby’s but they only managed a sole goal to Sam Fitzgerald from a PC and allowed Southern back into the game allowing Kevin O’Kane a well taken field goal, chipping the ball over a diving Bryan Schofield. The third quarter was back to Southern, after halftime aeroplanes, and they increased their lead when Ryan Cosgrove scored from another well worked penalty corner. The fourth quarter flow was end-to-end stuff with Southern coming out on top 4-1 after Chez Parore tapped in a far post tap-in after a great build-up from the Southern boys. The win puts the Stingers in 4th on the points table, one point clear of Marist, while the Vipers languish at the bottom after failing to gain any points from the four games so far this season.
Southern United: 4 (Ryan Cosgrove, Chez Parore, Kevin O’Kane, Brad Shaw)Hornby: 1 (Sam Fitzgerald)
Carlton Redcliffs v Harewood
The big game on the women’s side of the competition saw a match-up between last year’s CPL winners Harewood and a Carlton Redcliffs team after maximum points to stay at the top of the points table. Reddos came out firing right from the start and put the Harewood girls on the back foot early when they neatly converted the first penalty corner, Leah Butt smashing home from a direct hit halfway through the quarter. Harewood managed to equalise when a Jessie Anderson dribble along the baseline forced a PC and Libby Collings found the back of the net with 2 minutes to go in the quarter. Second quarter was all Carlton again, Fran Williamson scoring from the top of the circle after collecting a rebound off the post and Anoushka Chiswell also finding a way past the Harewood defence soon after, 3-1 at halftime. Harewood were much more aggressive going into the second half of the match and drew level with two well taken field goals by Charlotte Lee before the Carlton girls took the lead again through a fortuitous touch to Chiswell for her second. The Reindeer were able to reassert their dominance in the fourth quarter, Sophie Cocks adding her name to the scorecard midway through the quarter, and finished deserved 5-3 winners. The win puts Carlton Redcliffs 1st equal at the top of the table, while Harewood slips to 3rd equal, 5 points adrift of the leaders.
Carlton Redcliffs: 5
(Anoushka Chiswell 2, Sophie Cocks, Fran Williamson, Leah Butt) Harewood: 3
(Charlotte Lee 2, Libby Collings)
Hornby v Southern United
Game two in the women’s competition was another key clash, bottom of the table Hornby up against 7th placed Southern, neither team has registered a win in this year’s CPL. Both teams welcomed back key players from U21 duty, Lucy Turner for Hornby and Zoe Summers for the Stars, and the match shaped up to be a pretty even affair with neither team totally dominating the other throughout the match. One goal apiece, Zoe Summers finding the net for Southern and Sophie Spencer notching one for the Tigers. A draw sees both teams maintain their previous position on the points table, Hornby sitting in 6th spot and Southern placed at the bottom of the table, that first win being more elusive than ever!
Southern United: 1
(Zoe Summers) Hornby: 1
Avon v HSOB/Burnside
The last game of the day saw the Avon girls up against a HSOB/Burnside team smarting from their first loss of the season last weekend. Avon fought hard against the classy HSOB team but unfortunately came up short on the scoreboard. A pretty even first half saw chances going begging for both sides, but the Babes stepped in up in the second quarter and put away two quick goals, Sian Fremaux slamming home a PC, followed shortly after by Sophie White finding the back of the net from open play. This sparked the Eels into action and they produced a much improved third quarter topped off with a well taken penalty corner from Libby Bird. HSOB/Burnside though always looked comfortable and Rachel McCann finished off the scoring with a smashing reverse from the baseline. Lizzie Thomson was heard to say “I’m not even mad, that was a sick goal”. The win puts HSOB/Burnside 1st equal with Carlton Redcliffs on the table, with a game in hand, while Avon holds 2nd equal with Harewood and Marist.
(Sian Fremaux, Rachel McCann, Sophie White) Avon: 1
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