Penalty stroke victory for Ipswich

EH Over 50's Cup Chesterfield 1 Ipswich 1 (Ipswich win on penalty strokes) Ipswich Over 50's made the long trip to Chesterfield in the Cup and scraped through into the quarter finals for the third year in succession after penalty strokes.

EH Over 50's Cup

Chesterfield 1 Ipswich 1 (Ipswich win on penalty strokes)

Ipswich Over 50's made the long trip to Chesterfield in the Cup and scraped through into the quarter finals for the third year in succession after penalty strokes. Ipswich welcomed Hauxwell back for his first game of the season, and Mayhew rested his whistle to make his first competitive appearance for many years.

Ipswich were reasonably confident but the home team proved a tough nut to crack; Ipswich however, should have taken the lead when in the first minute Peter Sampson found himself with only the keeper to beat but an excellent save prevented Ipswich from going ahead. Ipswich continued to dominate the midfield, creating chances without success. Against the run of play, some sloppy passing allowed Chesterfield to take the lead.


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This spurred Ipswich on and eventually they were rewarded when Hauxwell finished from close range, following a well worked penalty corner. The home defence came under constant pressure and Ipswich eventually were rewarded when Mayhew's goal bound shot was stopped by a defender's foot; Wake stepped up but his powerful flick crashed against the post.

Ipswich, after dominating the first half, hoped to take advantage in the second, but found it difficult to get their usual flowing hockey in gear. Steward, in goal, was rarely called upon thanks to the solid Ipswich defensive unit of Girling, Gray, Whetton and Hampton.

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Ipswich, however, did create chances and Wrinch was unlucky not to score. Hauxwell was unable to lift his effort over the prostrate keeper and although Glading had the ball in the net, it was disallowed for an earlier infringement. Phil Sampson was influential in midfield and he will be missed in the next round as he is unavailable.

As the final minutes came both teams dug deep in an attempt to score the winner and avoid the lottery of penalty strokes without success. Gray, Hauxwell Hampton and Whetton converted, Steward saved 1 and saw 2 converted, meaning Ipswich took a deserved victory when Chesterfield's fourth flick flew wide. The team now play a home quarter final draw v Isca.

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