Ramgarhia 1 Clacton 1
NE14HOCKEY Division 3SERamgarhia 1 Clacton 1 Clacton put in a fine performance to earn a well deserved draw at Ramgarhia.On the day both teams had chances to take all the points, but both teams were happy not to lose in the end.
NE14HOCKEY Division 3SE
Ramgarhia 1 Clacton 1
Clacton put in a fine performance to earn a well deserved draw at Ramgarhia.
On the day both teams had chances to take all the points, but both teams were happy not to lose in the end.
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The Seasiders started brightly, attacking through Rob Lukey, Alex Mortimer and Ric Coleman.
Densil Donovan had a solid performance, breaking up the opponents play and setting Clacton off on the attack.
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Jamie Roberts and captain Carl Parkes worked hard in the midfield as both teams shared control of the centre of the pitch.
At the back Nick Key, John Hambrook, and Tom Blake kept a solid formation to keep the home side out of the Seasiders circle.
When the home side did manage to get through they found Clacton keeper Mike Key in fine form again, making some crucial saves to keep the scores level.
Man-of-the-match Colin Hook put in an excellent performance to stop the tricky winger from getting past him to attack the circle.
Sam Hodge made an impact when he entered the game from the bench and terrorised the home defence with his skill and speed.
The first half ended goalless, with most of the play being in the midfield areas as both teams were unable to get the upper hand.
Clacton were the team to break the deadlock as Roberts found Parkes and, as the defence backed off, Parkes was able to run unopposed into the circle.
When his strike was saved by the keeper, Lukey was in the right place to open his account with a scorching slap-shot into the roof of the net.
This woke the home side up and they started to attack with more purpose. Clacton's defence held strong though with some great collective defending hunting the ball down in packs.
Going forwards Clacton had some fantastic flowing moves with easy passing and good movement off the ball. This allowed the Seasiders to create half chances for Hodge, Coleman, Lukey and Mortimer.
The home side did manage to get an equaliser when Clacton panicked in defence and gave the ball to an attacker in space to slot home.
They then went on to put the Seasiders under pressure, earning successive short corners, but Clacton's defenders were up the task to keep the ball out.
In the dying seconds Coleman was played in with another flowing move from Clacton through Donovan, Parkes, Roberts and Hodge, but Coleman's well-placed high flick at goal was saved on the line by a covering defender with the keeper beaten.
This result sees Clacton, who next week take on East London at Clacton Leisure Centre (14:00) go four games unbeaten.