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Alderley Edge Men's 6s
Sale Men's 2s
Sat 9 Feb 13:30 - Barrington Sports North West Hockey League - Division 7 South East Full time

Sale Men's 2s pile the hurt on Alderley Edge 6s

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You can only beat the team in front of you.

Disappointed by a postponed glamour tie against 2nd placed Knutsford, Sale regrouped to take on an Alderley Edge side who'd suddenly put together a run of good results -- since Christmas they'd gone P3 W3, having managed a mighty P11 W1 D0 L10 during the first half of the season. The victories even included beating high-flying Stockport Bramhall 2s. Something was up.

It turned out that Alderley had swapped the kids in their 6th XI, who were getting rather demoralised, with the 7s -- the oldies who were playing a division below. This wasn't going to be an easy match.

Sure enough, on a beautiful day at The Edge, some good interplay put Alderley 1-0 up early on. Were the league leaders suffering from vertigo? Basic errors abounded on a bouncy pitch. Thankfully Sale finally found what they were looking for and scored an equaliser -- through Ian Ellis, of course. Unfortunately the momentum was short-lived, with skipper Adam "Kiwi" McCarthy taking the ball off keeper Sam Hey's toes to score a deft own goal. Thankfully that man Ellis was on hand again to save his blushes with another opportunistic equaliser, this time scooping in a loose ball after a penalty corner.

2-2 at half time and nerves were setting in. This match wasn't going to be a pushover, with Alderley putting all their experience to good use. Sale made a few tweaks and rolled up their sleeves. Sure enough, Kiwi made amends for his own goal by tipping in after a mighty short corner strike from Simon "Feg" Bradbury. 3-2. Not to be outdone, Ian Ellis completed his hat trick with a sweet reverse tap-in after a sweet ball in from Danny Rowley-Thorne on the left. 4-2. Alderley were tiring, and Feg completed the scoring with a beautifully-timed strike off a Lionel Robinson pass from the right wing. He turned and celebrated without breaking stride -- it was the sweetest thing, leaving the home side numb. 5-2 the final score, to Sale.

Ian Ellis won MotM for his hat trick and generally running the Alderley defence ragged.

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 7 South East results

Bowdon Men's 6s
2
1
Stockport Bramhall Men's 2s
Sandbach Men's 2s
0
6
Crewe Vagrants Men's 2s
3
0
Triton Men's 3s
Knutsford Men's 3s
4
0
Bowdon Men's 7s
Wilmslow Men's 4s
9
0

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Sale Men's 2s 22 54
2. Crewe Vagrants Men's 2s 22 48
3. Stockport Bramhall Men's 2s 22 48
4. Knutsford Men's 3s 22 46
5. Sandbach Men's 2s 22 41
6. Triton Men's 3s 22 30
7. Bowdon Men's 6s 22 29

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