Rotherham Hockey Club

Rotherham Hockey Club

Darby Dazzles at Darton

by Mick Davis

Match report from Dan Flower

The 5th team travelled up the road this weekend for a relatively close
derby against Barnsley. The previous encounter saw a well deserved 2-1
win for Rotherham and with a similar team to the last one, the
visitors were out to keep that record.

From the start it was clear Rotherham were the stronger side. 'Professor' James Swinscoe was a welcome return to the team, replacing Matt Berry at the back, with David Woodward, James Hogarth and David Hides making up the rest of the defence.

Simple passing hockey was the dish of the day, with Woodward and Swinscoe having little trouble getting the ball out of defence through the likes of Dan Flower, Chris Parke and Thomas Downs.

The midfield in turn, produced some pristine passing manoeuvres
releasing George Darby and James License to attack the Barnsley
defence. Derby was instrumental in beating his marker, using the pace
from the receiving pass to nick it past the marking defender.

Licence was also instrumental in putting pressure on the home team. Using quick stick skills and pace, he had several shots at goal, but all
were saved. The break through came from a short corner, pushed out by
Liam Bacon, which was neatly struck on the reverse by josh towers,
easily beating the keeper.

The second half saw Barnsley bring on 2 older players to improve the
odds in their favour. This changed the way Barnsley played their game,
using the long accurate ball out of defence, bypassing the midfield
and putting rapid pressure on the Rotherham defence.

Some good tackles from Jack Underwood and the solid Dave Hides helped reduce the pressure, but a few near misses, brought the Rotherham mindset back.

Continued passing and intelligent play, allowed Rotherham to
consistently maintain pressure on Barnsley, with the attack of Bacon,
Darby and License being rewarded with another 2 goals, making the
score 3-0.

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Some tired legs and the long ball, eventually allowed the
home side to claw 2 goals back, despite Lewis Bacon's valiant efforts
in the Rotherham goal.

In the end it was to be Rotherham's day once again. 3-2 the final score.

A well deserved Man of the Match award went to George Derby for his
outstanding attacking play and the loose screw went to Liam Bacon for
missing 5 clear goal scoring opportunities.

A special thanks to the sideline supporters who braved the cold and
wet weather and Martin Licence for organising the substitutes.

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