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Thirsk Mens 3s - Match centre

Thirsk 3
Bingley Bees 1
Sat 24 Nov 16:30 - Yorkshire Men's Hockey League - Division 5 North Full time

24 Nov Thirsk Men 3 vs Bingley 1

Match report

Thirsk had a strong squad for a match against free scoring Bingley and started with the majority of possession, giving the 2 forwards a chance to run at the defence, but unable to create any clear goal scoring opportunities. Bingley absorbed the pressure well and attacked on the break, which they did successfully twice in quick succession against the run of play. The Thirsk team continued to play well, trying to cut down supply to the mobile opposition forwards while finding Jeremy Barker, Sam Kelly and Jack Foxley in midfield to try to find a clear pass to the well marshalled forwards. During a goal mouth scramble, Tom Crack managed to beat the keeper but put the ball over the bar from close range, but a similar situation was converted by Connor Wilkinson to halve the arrears. Bingley however gained another goal just before half time.
Bingley stepped up their performance in the second half, and Thirsk were immediately on the back foot. Sam Ross Russell was kept busy in goal and several short corner routines were also saved on the line with the keeper beaten. Clearing free hits from defence became more difficult as the opposition pressed high and started to cut out the passes Thirsk had been able to find in the first half. In a further unfortunate development, Michael Crampton’s lifted free hit caught George Hunt on the eyebrow ending his game early, and with his departure, the Thirsk attacking threat diminished. Bingley maintained pressure and despite good work from Joe De Winter at right back, consistently cutting out passes down his channel, they created a series of further opportunities to run out 7-1.
No clear Man of the Match this week, but Sam Ross Russell, Michael Crampton and Joe De Winter all picked up votes in a hard-working, busy defence against strong opposition.

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 5 North results

City of York 9
Airedale 2
Boston Spa 4
Harrogate 6
Bradford 3
Leeds Adel 5
City of York 8
Ben Rhydding 5
Boston Spa 3

League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Boston Spa 4 13 15
8. Ben Rhydding 5 12 15
9. Thirsk 3 13 13
10. Harrogate 6 13 13
11. Scarborough 2 13 12
12. City of York 9 13 11
13. Bradford 3 12 10


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