Yate hockey round-up
YATE Men’s 1st team’s run of good results was likely to be tested by the visitors Whitchurch 2nds, as both teams were on similar points after the same number of games.
Despite a lacklustre warm-up, Yate started brightly and scored first when a long pass found Matt Bethell who scored with a strong reverse stick shot. However, some sloppy play gifted Whitchurch a goal. Yate bounced back with some great attacks but much of the good work was squandered in front of goal, with shots going wide or fluffed shots not testing the Whitchurch goalie. But a penalty flick after Dan Pearce was brought down by the keeper put them back in front. Yate then went 3-1 ahead when Dom Chambers fired in a strong penalty corner shot and it looked as if they could comfortably control the game. But they gave Whitchurch a way back into the game, allowing their opponents to score two goals that ought to have been defended easily.
The half ended with Yate ahead 4-3 but having had most of the play. In the second half they were much more organised and a penalty corner strike by Dom Chambers, for his hat trick, increased the lead before the result was secured when Matt Bethell rounded the Whitchurch goalie and scored a superb individual goal to make it 6-3. With all the top sides getting good results Yate remain fifth, but with a gap opening below them in the league.
The Ladies 3rd team recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Badminton & Pucklechurch after never looking back from a strong start.
Badminton & Pucklechurch did have scoring opportunities but Yate managed to clear each one.
Goals from Jessie Edge (3), Alexandra Bessex (2) Seana Dando and Millie Burton gave Yate the win which was used as valuable match practice for the next league game. Player of the match was Sarah Wells who had a very good game in the mid-field.
Yate U14 boys qualified for the Avon Junior League semi-finals with a 5-1 win over Cirencester, while the U10s’ determination paid off with a 1-0 win against Cheltenham.
Yate Ladies O35s also scored seven in seeing off Minehead in the second round of the England Hockey cup. The 7-1 win also gave the team some valuable lessons ahead of a tough game vs Andover in the next round.
Picture shows Laura Hewlett in action for Yate Ladies 3rds