Yate breeze to friendly win

October 03 2017

Yate Mens Hockey Club first team have kicked off their season with a friendly match against neighbouring rivals Bristol and West second team.

Yate Mens Hockey Club first team have kicked off their season with a friendly match against neighbouring rivals Bristol and West second team.

It was Yate who were the quickest to settle and they went ahead early with a penalty corner strike by Darren Ashley. Marcus Smith’s tireless running up front resulted in a superb goal after Domonic Chamber moved the ball quickly out of defence through the midfield to Smith who finished in style. 

Bristol and West then hit back with a goal of their own following a strong right wing attack that wrong footed the Yate defence and left the home goalie Michael Edwards with little chance. 

Yate immediately converted their fourth penalty corner with a deflection from Gareth Slater, and Marcus Smith added a second goal to see the sides turn around with Yate leading 4 to 1. 

The second half saw Bristol and West match Yate more closely and with Yate experimenting with a “half court press” it invited Bristol and West to score after a fast left wing attack. 

With Sam Patton back running the midfield, Yate closed out their stronger opponents and their final goal came from a flow of passes amongst the three Hatfields, father John and sons Miles and Oscar, with Miles finishing with a reverse stick shot. 

There may have been a family inquest into the game that evening after Oscar missed an open goal created by his brother and father. Yate ran out 5 to 2 winners and started their season with a fine win. 

Yate Hockey Club are looking to attract new players to the Men’s Women’s and Junior sections. Anyone interested can make contact via the club’s website.