Ipswich 2 Havering 2
NE14hockey East Men’s League
IPSWICH met Havering after a poor performance against a weakened Cambridge City side the week before looking for a massive improvement in both attitude and work rate. Despite a lack lustre start Ipswich went ahead through a Dixon short corner. Havering soon equalised and were then 2-1 up by half time due to lack tight man marking in the D.
Stern words and a reality check ensued at half time and Ipswich came back onto the pitch a different side, pressing well and dominating possession for the vast majority of the half put Ipswich in the ascendancy. However with Havering complaining to the umpires with every tackle Ipswich found themselves not getting the decisions they deserved.
The home team players then found themselves frustrated and inexcusably poor tackling ensued for the remainder of the half. Three successive yellow cards followed for poor tackles and Ipswich effectively played the second half with 10 men. Despite being outnumbered Ipswich managed to score an equaliser through a great goal, crossed from Ben Underwood & deflected home by Jason Brocklehurst.
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Ipswich had several chances to finish the game but some poor finishing from Dixon in the final few minutes meant the would have to settle with a draw.
Despite taking a point Ipswich were bitterly disappointed not to take all three having dominated the majority of the game and having created several goal-scoring opportunities. Poor discipline and poor finishing had effectively cost the home side two points but the second half performance contained plenty of positives that they will take with them to Cambridge University next weekend. Man of the match went to Adam Gordon who played his first game at Centre half and gave the solidity needed following last week’s performance.
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