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Hockey: Old Malton lose 4-2 to Boston Spa
3:49pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
OLD Malton were hit by a sucker punch as they lost 4-2 to Boston Spa in the second game of their maiden season in the Yorkshire League premier division.
Malton, fielding a changed squad due to injury and unavailability, fought back from 3-0 down to 3-2 but, pushing players forward at a short corner, were hit on the counterattack with Spa getting their decisive fourth goal.
It remains a learning curve for the Ryedale side at this level and, while they aim to improve on the return of regulars, they could still do with more players to add to the squad.
It took Boston only three minutes to profit from a mix-up by Malton’s altered line-up, and it got worse for the hosts when the ball was lost and an opponent was allowed far too much time and space, leading to a second goal.
Then, just when Malt looked like they may work a way back into the game, they let their discipline slip, three players standing and looking at the umpire as Spa played on to score, with Tom Bumby in goal outnumbered.
Malton eventully got themselves sorted and when Aaron Coates made a forceful run from his own half deep into the boston zone, his strike was neatly flicked home by Stephen Linsley, reducing the deficit to 3-1 at half-time.
The team talk by captain Adam Freer seamed to work as Malton took the game to the visitors.
The hard-working lone forward Tom Brough was a threat when driving at the heart of the defence, with Boston’s only answer being to foul him, resulting in a string of short corners. From one, Joe Barker got Malt’s second goal and they were back in the game.
The hosts continued to press but, without a full squad of replacements, it proved hard to keep up the pace at this premier division level.
This told when they over-committed at a short corner and left themselves short at the back, with Spa sealing victory with a breakaway goal.
Pickering I had no game in Yorkshire Women’s League division five but Pickering II played out an exciting game at fellow promoted side Epworth – only to lose 4-3.
Fluid passing from both teams in the first half created chances at either end. Newcomer Elena Storey had a great game in midfield for Pickering, winning the ball well to set up Sophie Wilson on some pacey runs down the left which opened up Epworth’s defence. Beth Nicholson capitalised from one with a well-timed strike to give the visitors the lead.
However, the advantage was short-lived as Epworth struck back straight away when a quick break left players unmarked at the back.
Play continued in the same vein in the second half with Epworth taking the lead and Pickering playing catch-up.
Epworth’s goalkeeper thwarted Nicholson with some super reaction saves but Lauren Simpson made sure of the rebound to level at 2-2.
The home team started to gain the ascendancy and went another goal up but Pikes player-of-the-match Alex Wilson soaked up the pressure well in midfield and was rewarded when her hard strike into the circle clipped a defender’s stick and deflected in to make it 3-3.
However, Epworth continued to press and were rewarded with the deciding goal.
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