HOCKEY: University challenged
11:20am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Latest Sport News
HAMRLBOROUGH were held by a university side for the second successive Saturday after surrendering a two-goal to draw 2-2 at UWE.
The travelling side were in the ascendancy early and were rewarded when Rich Holman’s pinpoint pass across the goalkeeper was met by a diving Will Hughes to open the scoring.
For the remainder of the half Marlborough contained their opposition with ease but disaster struck when player-coach and defensive stalwart Matt Way was hit on the knee whilst bravely defending a UWE short corner routine.
With Way unable to continue Marlborough slightly re-jigged their formation with the half ending 1-0.
UWE, having tinkered with their own formation at the break, came out refreshed and in charge after the restart but against the run of play Marlborough doubled their lead after a short-corner routine. Holman’s bullet like shot was brilliantly saved by the UWE keeper but Hughes was once again on hand and, after several deft touches under pressure, was able to slide the ball home.
In danger of losing on home turf UWE redoubled their efforts and were soon pressurising Marlborough deep in their half. Their constant rotation of fresh attackers and midfielders opened wide spaces and after a short-corner drag-flick the deficit was reduced to 2-1.
The tide of the game had truly turned and with Marlborough under great pressure UWE found their equaliser after a defensive mix up which was mercilessly pounced on.
- Devizes maintained their winning start to the season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bristol University.
The hosts were not at their best, wasting countless chances throughout the match, but the deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Tom Alsop wriggled free and placed a reverse-stick shot past the keeper from close range.
The second half proved frustrating for Devizes as the visitors were strong in defence and Devizes lacked the creativity or composure to combat this.
Devizes racked up over a dozen penalty corners but were unable to breakdown the uni defence until Alsop swooped again, maintaining close control to fire through a crowd of players to seal the win.
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