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Hockey: Tindall double sets Malton on way
12:40pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
Promoted Old Malton got off the mark in Yorkshire Men’s League division one with a 3-0 win at Leeds Adel Carnegie II.
They only had 11 men but all of them can feel proud of their committed performance and be boosted ahead of their first home match of term, against Rotherham at the Northern Ryedale Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Hosts Adel had begun better but once Malt got themselves sorted, they began to be competitive.
Chances came at both ends but both goalkeepers were in fine form – Malton even missed a penalty stroke – as the first half ended goalless.
The second half was six minutes old when Malton pressure eventually told as smart work in midfield saw the ball go out wide and a cross into the ‘D’ found James Tindall, who flicked the ball into the roof of the net.
Malton then took control with Mark Precious impressing in a guest appearance – his fine skills, reading of the game, work-rate and vision giving his younger team-mates lots to admire.
Malt’s midfield began to move the ball quickly and, after several short corners came and went, the visitors finally netted from a set-piece on 25 minutes, Tindall the scorer.
Adel started to make Malt’s defence work as they used interchanges but it held firm with Rikki Lawrence giving a strong performance even when injured, and counter attacks always looked dangerous.
When the hard-working Tom Brough got free, his pace and skill was too hot for Adel and despite all their efforts, fair or foul, he drove into the ‘D’ and smashed the ball into the bottom corner.
Pickering fell 2-0 to Lincoln Roses in Yorkshire Women’s League division five.
Last season’s division six winners Lincoln dominated the first half and Pickering’s defence battled hard but could not keep out two short corners.
Pickering fared much better in the second half with Leonie Ranscombe moving up the field to break down play and create openings for the home team to attack. Early passing down the right resulted in a good shot on target but Pickering failed to capitalise on the rebound.
Joint players of the match Emma Hoyle and Emily Hose soaked up pressure in midfield and play continued to be much more evenly balanced with chances at both ends.
However, some good goalkeeping from Jan Wilkinson and the visiting stopper meant neither team were able to break the second-half deadlock.