Hockey: Player shortage hits Dumfries

18 09 2009

Dumfries Hockey Club’s men’s team welcomed newly promoted side Monklands to the King George V Park last Saturday for their first fixture of the new season.

Unfortunately holiday and work commitments, compounded by recent departures to university, resulted in the Dumfries side initially fielding ten players and this reduced to nine for the second half due to work commitments but at least the sun was shining.

Monklands took advantage of their numerical advantage and quickly took the game to Dumfries, pressing the home side into a defensive mode.

Sharp accurate passing co-ordinated with some well drilled moves allowed the young Monklands side to pressurise the home defence and they gained numerous penalty corner awards.

The first was well taken by the Monklands players but the flicked shot was well dealt with by the home keeper. This set the tone for a quite hectic period of pressure but good goalkeeping and some frantic defending by Boulton and McCoskry managed to delay the opening goal until McCoskry illegally stopped a goal bound shot. The resultant penalty flick was comfortably converted and Monklands were up and running.

Two more goals followed in the half, the first from open play in a well crafted move that split the defence wide home and the third from another penalty flick conceded by Redman trying to help his overworked defence.

The second half didn’t quite follow the same pattern as Dumfries managed to create some openings for themselves but it was Monklands who scored the only goal midway through the half to secure the three points.

Too their credit however the Dumfries side never allowed their heads to drop throughout the game and continued to take the game to Monklands whenever any opportunity arose and they probably deserved at least a consolation goal for their efforts.

In a very sporting match, played in good spirit and well controlled by both umpires, Dumfries keeper Stuart Moscrop was given the man of the match award by Monklands for his excellent display throughout the game.

Team: S Moscrop, J Aitken, J McCoskry (Capt), S Boulton, J Campbell, J Bennett, B Chambers, M Redman, J Stewart, M McKenna.

Umpire: R Lees.

This Saturday sees the men’s side welcome Lanarkshire as visitors to the KGV Park.

Push-back is scheduled for 11am and all players are asked to report to the pitch by 10.15am.

The ladies two XI’s are also scheduled to play at home this weekend with the 2nd XI playing Argyll after the men’s match with push-back scheduled for 12.30pm, followed by the 1st XI playing Glasgow Accies 2’s with push-back scheduled for 2.15pm.

All players are also respectfully reminded that training has resumed on Tuesday evenings between 6-8pm, again at the KGV Park.

Additionally, any new players that would also be interested in playing hockey are very welcome to attend these sessions.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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