Milton Keynes Hockey Club Maintain Fine Pre-Season Form
|Author: Dominic Tyler||Published: 11th September 2011 17:46|
A round-up of results from Milton Keynes Hockey Club this weekend.
MKHC Men's 1s v Rugby Men's 1s
Milton Keynes continued their fine pre-season form with a well earned 7-3 victory over a strong Rugby side. Despite missing some players they were able to rely on the squad depth to provide a fine performance on Saturday afternoon.
The game began well, with Milton Keynes starting the brighter of the sides. Slick passing round the back by the defence made it difficult for Rugby.
MK made the break through when Brett Holland went on an impressive weaving run before scoring. This was soon followed by debutant Andy Dixon finding the corner of the goal from a well worked short corner.
Rugby then began to come into the game more and a foot on the line left the umpire with no choice but to award Rugby a penalty stroke. Although Goalkeeper Nick Gage was ready for it and made an exceptional save.
Rugby did however find a way past the on form MK goalkeeper after 25 minutes and followed it up with an equaliser.
Ben Woodford then found space just before half time but was flattened by the keeper, however was able to dust himself down and score the penalty flick.
MK will be disappointed not to have held the 3-2 lead till half time as yet again Rugby came back into the game and levelled as the half came to a close.
Dismayed that they had conceded 3 goals, a stern talk from Shahil Patel at half time fired the team up and ensured they hit the ground running. Tireless work from Jamie Dodd as well as new Dutch signing Andy Van Derpedo ensured they kept creating chances. Stephen Ruse found an incisive pass to leave Nick Anderson with a stunning reverse strike goal to retake the lead. This was followed by another wonder strike by fellow defender Grant Webster to give MK a commanding 5-3 lead. Dixon converted another short corner into a goal, before Ian Brooke rounded of a very successful trip for the MK first team with the final goal of the game.
The team will look to continue their unbeaten pre season as they compete in the county cup next weekend
MKHC Men's 2s Vs Northampton Saints & Market Harborough
Milton Keynes Men's 2XI travelled a short distance to Northampton for their first outing of the season to play Northampton Saints and Market Harborough.
They were up against Harborough in the first game and came out of the blocks strongly putting together some nice following hockey over the first 10 minutes. This lead to them taking a well deserved lead with a well worked move finished off by Paul Hutchinson. Milton Keynes continued to pressure the Harborough defensive and this resulted in MK being awarded several penalty corners. It was from one of these that they got their second goal through a nice strike from Dave Breuilly. The third followed quickly with another passing move down the right side and the ball played across the circle for Ben Spencer to finish.
The final score was 3-0 to Milton Keynes.
In the second game against Northampton Saints things started to change. Saints started the stronger after their half hour rest and put MK under pressure. Some good defensive work from MK kept Saints at bay. MK started to find their feet again after the first 10 minutes with a few quick breaks but were unable to capitalise. As the match went on MK fitness started to suffer and Saints were back on top. This lead to gaps opening in the MK defensive and it was one of these that Saints found to score from.
Final result 1-0 to Northampton Saints.
MK will look to improve in next week's friendly away at Bedford.
MKHC Men's 3s v Northampton Saints 3s
It was the first friendly of pre-season, for a new look Milton Keynes men's 3s team. Milton Keynes started well with a few probing moves at the Saints defence. Dom Tyler played a great ball through the heart of their back line for Matt Darvell to run onto but he fired straight at the keeper.
A lot of great work from Dom Tyler on the left finally paid off with him finding Corey Jamieson in the D who shot but failed to score, however the rebound was picked up put away by Will Luther. Saints then upped their game and attacked the MK defence.After some great saves by Goal Keeper James Cox, MK suddenly found themselves 2-1 down. MK dug deep and a goal from Russell Braizer pulled them level. However this was short lived with Saint's once again back in the lead by half time. MK felt hard done by as they went into half time knowing the collection of chances they had let slip by.
After a strong half time team talk MK started on the stronger foot with quick goals from Russell Braizer and Corey Jamieson who made sure Neil Hutchins goal bound effort went in. MK started to take control of the game, with a great run and finish from Russell Braizer to grab his hat trick. Will Luther then got his second goal with a close range tap in. Mk now on top form saw some quick thinking with Corey Jamieson taking a quick side line ball to find Matt Darvell unmarked in the D who then fired the ball past the keeper.
A fine couple of save's from Goal Keeper Alan Phillips and a great goal line clearance from Gareth Watkins stopped Saints from adding to their goals. Some great passing from MK allowed Neil Hutchins to score the final goal of the game, after he managed to run onto a loose ball for an effortless tap in, finishing off a much better half from Mk.
8-3 goals from 3-Russell Braizer,2-Will Luther, Corey Jamieson, Matt Darvell, Neil Hutchins.
MKHC Ladies 2s vs Tring 2nd XI
MK Hockey Club's Ladies 2nd team started the season as they mean to go on, travelling away with their new Team Manger & Coach Manjit Meeda, for a friendly match against Tring's 2nd team. Although the team went one goal down in the first ten minutes, moral was saved by two inspired goals from straight strikes at short corners by Annette Van Zyl. Being a goal ahead the team settled down and established control of the midfield, which left the Tring side unable to compete.
MK kept possession by employing fantastic linking plays in the midfield with some particularly good through balls to the forwards coming from Captain Lindsay Kettleborough and Issy Morgan. Goals followed by Zoe Dawson who pushed the ball over the line from the left post, Mally Dolphin who fired a lifted ball into the goal netting and Ellie Walsh who slipped the ball from the baseline past the goalkeeper's exposed near post. Although Tring managed to get a goal back in a lapse of concentration by the MK side, their fate was sealed when Walsh's shot on goal was kicked off the goal line by a Tring defender. This allowed Van Zyl to gain her hat trick by scoring a well-placed penalty flick in the bottom left corner.
MKHC Ladies 4's v Aylesbury 4's
MK Ladies 4's dominated this exciting home match against Aylesbury 4's on Saturday 10th September with most of the play in and around the opposition's D. MK Ladies were focussed and made great accurate passes between each other, really pulling together as a team which is rare for a team of players that have never played together before. MK Ladies got approximately 7 short corners in the first half but unfortunately no goals were won. MK had ample opportunities to score in the first half with a number of deflection opportunities missed and unfortunately had a disallowed goal from Left Forward, Charlotte Cox. Aylesbury got one short corner for them but failed to score thanks to the great defence team of Dani Russell, Lyndsey Rutherford, Carolyn Herring, Char Murphie & Tory Van der Hoven. Score at half time a disappointing 0-0.
After a team talk at half time, a determined MK side headed back out to score some goals the first coming only minutes into the 2nd half from Right Midfielder, Lizanne Muller, scoring a great goal from the top of the D. A second goal followed slightly after from Centre Forward, Claudia May Davidson. MK Midfielders Zoe Parsons & Kathryn Lewis did some great work getting the ball up the left side to the Forwards. Aylesbury with a team of 10 players managed to get a few break throughs in the 2nd half but these were short lived with GK Tory Van der Hoven & Lizanne Muller clearing the ball from the D. A further two goals were scored for MK by Centre Midfield Tomisin Joseph. MK got another couple of short corners in the second half and actually ended the game with a short corner, but unfortunately no goals won on these. End of match score was 4-0 WIN to MK Ladies 4's.
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