Hockey: Victory for Dumfries hockey team

26 02 2010

Dumfries went into Saturday’s game looking to continue their winning streak and make it three wins in the last three games.

It was always going to be a tough game after the sides finished level in a 10-goal thriller earlier in the season at Titwood, Glasgow.

The home side started the game brightly and passed the ball around the field, keeping good possession.

The first goal came early in the half when some neat passing from the Dumfries side saw them get the ball into the Clydesdale area.

Some tenacious play by the Dumfries players saw the ball break to John Bennett who fired his shot high and into the net to give the early advantage to Dumfries.

Dumfries looked certain to go two goals up after Callander pounced on a loose clearance and drove towards goal, his square pass leaving an open goal for Clark.

However, the Dumfries striker failed to control the ball which bobbled off his feet giving a free hit to the away side.

Clydesdale pressed hard to get back on terms but some outstanding tackling by defenders Rennie, Boulton and McCoskry kept the opponents at bay.

The best chance of the half, for the away side, saw the Clydesdale forward get his shot in but a superb point blank save from Moscrop in the Dumfries goal kept the clean sheet in tact.

Clark again had the chance to put Dumfries further in-front but a timely interception by the Clydesdale defender saw the Dumfries forward frustrated with himself.

As both teams probed it was the home side who extended their lead.

A break down the right saw the shot come in from Jimmy Stewart which was initially saved by the keeper. The ball broke loose and it was midfielder Ben Chambers whose back stick chip over the keeper ended up in the goal.

Almost straight after the Dumfries side made it three with a superb counter-attacking goal.

The ball was picked up in defence by Andy Ross and played forward to Clark. His lay off sent winger Jamie Campbell free down the right. He drove towards the area and his cut back was struck first time by Clark into the bottom corner of the goal.

The second half got under way and Dumfries were keen to put the demons of the last two weeks behind them – being comfortably in front at half time and always throwing their lead away!

It was clear to see that Clydesdale weren’t going to lie down and they pressed to get back into the game winning a series of penalty corners.

These were dealt with well by the defending five from Dumfries who were desperate to keep the clean sheet for Moscrop in the Dumfries goal.

As the players on both sides became tired the game was stretched as play flowed from end to end.

Campbell found himself clean through on two occasions but a lack of training in recent weeks saw his timing out as he swung and completely missed the ball on both occasions.

Clydesdale did get a goal back with 10 minutes to go after winning a third penalty corner of the half.

The ball was dragged out to the top of the area and slipped right to a free striker. A slight lift on the ball saw the shot go over the body of Moscrop and a poor effort by Callander on the goal line saw the ball end up in the goal.

It was clear to see that Dumfries were rocked by this goal as tempers frayed amongst the home team. Captain McCoskry was keen to get his players settled down and see out the game without losing any further goals.

Dumfries looked nervy and the away side pressed Dumfries back into their own half for the remainder of the game.

They made the pressure count as some poor tackling from the Dumfries players saw the ball break to a Clydesdale forward in the area and he squeezed the ball in at the near post to reduce the deficit to one.

Dumfries did manage to hold on for the victory.

They will need to improve before they take on Ayr who have been playing well all season and currently sit in fourth place in the league.

The Dumfries man of the match was awarded by the opponents to forward Jimmy Clark who added another goal to increase his tally for the season to 15.

Dumfries Team: S Moscrop, J McCoskry, S Rennie, S Boulton, A Ross, J Bennett, I Callander, B Chambers

K Martin, J Clark, J Stewart. Subs: J Campbell.

Dumfries men are currently looking for new players.

Anyone interested in playing is invited to the club’s training sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at the King George V Park, Glasgow Road Dumfries. Information can also be sought via e-mail from: hockey@dumfriessportsclub.co.uk

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