Durham/Sunderland Mens 1s 1 – 5 Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Mens 3s
WBTHC arrived in a drizzly Durham knowing that taking maximum points in their remaining games was enough to get into the league promotion playoffs. The first team lying in wait for them was Durham/Sunderland Mens 1s, a team who had put up a stalwart defence in the return fixture, despite playing without a goalkeeper. WBTHC enjoyed a long phase of early possession but were unable to capitalise on a number of guilt edged chances. The only goal of the half finally came from Richard ‘old reliable’ Gregory who tapped in at the far post after good work in the D from Kev Robson and Dave Ridley. The visitors then sat back a little as Durham/Sunderland attacked, and looked a little unconvincing coming up to half time, holding on to their single goal lead.
After a stern talking to at half time WBTHC came out reinvigorated, and scored early from a short corner, which, was worked through to Kev Robson who laid the ball off for captain Dan Coleman to tap in. The lead was quickly increased as goal scorer Richard Gregory turned provider and put Ross Triall clear through on goal. His touch was enough to divert the ball past the opposition goalkeeper to score his first goal in senior hockey. The yellows struck back shortly after as a shot from a short corner trickled between Tim Lewis’ pads and into the back of the net; but the home side were shortly down to 10 men as a shot on goal was kicked off the line. Despite the diabolical penalty flick taken by Dan Coleman being saved by the impressive Durham/Sunderland goalie this gave WBTHC the impetus to press forward and Richard Gregory scored his 20th of the season with his trademark cannon shot from the edge of the D. Finally, Ross Triall scored the goal of the game with a slightly lifted shot which crashed into the corner of the goal, securing all 3 points for the reds.
Dan’s Man of the Match: Ross Triall: Fantastic all round performance capped by 2 well taken goals.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.