Clacton 2 Crostyx II 2
NE14 Hockey Men's LeagueDivision 4SEClacton 2 Crostyx II 2BOTH teams put in a great hockey performance for the home spectators producing a blood and thunder game laced with good possession in a closely fought match ending in neither side being able to break the other.
NE14 Hockey Men's League
Clacton 2 Crostyx II 2
BOTH teams put in a great hockey performance for the home spectators producing a blood and thunder game laced with good possession in a closely fought match ending in neither side being able to break the other.
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Clacton saw a first team debut for youngster Ryan Nippress who put in an extremely solid performance in a very tough fixture. Nippress covered the defensive lines with maturity beyond his years and was strong in his tackling earning him the man-of-the-match. Adam Smith, Gavin Underhay, and Alex Mortimer were solid in the defensive line with Mike Key not seeing much action even with the visitors having plenty of possession.
In midfield James Mead was his usual stout self along with Jamie Roberts and Captain Carl Parkes. The early stages Crostyx showed they were very capable and held possession well but with little penetration through the Clacton brick wall. Up front Denzil Donovan, Sam Hodge, and Rik Coleman worked hard to put the visitors under pressure and when in possession penetrated their defence to gain sight of the goal and call their keeper into action.
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The first goal came when Dononvan showed his reflexes have not slowed down over the years to steal a cross-field pass to set-up Coleman to guide the ball passed the stranded keeper for 1-0. The visitors were not behind for long equalising when their centre forward slid in to reach a ball just in front of Key in goal for 1-1.
The Seasiders then took the lead again when Dononvan and Parkes combined down the left to see Parkes wonder into the circle before firing into the goal for a 2-1 lead at half time.
Francis Sanderson played an important supporting role allowing Clacton to keep up the intense work rate and showed he can play many positions on the pitch as well as being able to enter a quick game cold without issue.
The second half saw the two sides balancing each other out, but when Clacton were reduced to 10 men, as Underhay was adjudged to have deliberately used his feet, this gave the visitors the impetus to search out the second equaliser. Clacton held strong, but in the end the visitors broke down the Clacton wall to make it 2-2.
With Clacton back to full strength and the visitors seeming to sit back happy with a draw the Seasiders could have stole all three points with Coleman pushing unusually wide when well placed, Smith having a well struck short corner saved on the line, and Roberts unable to get a touch to another Smith short corner strike. In the end the draw was probably the right result with both teams enjoying the hustle and bustle of a proper hockey match with plenty of skill on show.
Next week Clacton travel to Upminster looking to continue their seven game unbeaten run.