Hockey: Wotton gain comfortable win despite not being at their best
6:48am Wednesday 19th February 2014 in Sport
Davis Wood Hockey League East Central One
Wotton-under-Edge 2nds 4 Chippenham 3rds 0
THIS was an under-par performance from a slightly weakened side but Wotton should draw strength from the fact that even when not at their best they can still take three points, a clean sheet and restrict their opponents to only one shot on goal.
A scappy goal slotted in from Greg Willcox gave Wotton a 1-0 lead at the break.
Wotton picked up the pace a little in the second half and produced much better hockey.
Ed Sonnex added a second from a good pass from man of the match Dan Jones, while Willcox added a second with a superb penalty corner strike.
Sonnex then completed his brace with a superbly taken finish into he bottom corner.
Marches Division Two
Wotton-under-Edge 3rds 2 Cleevillians 2nds 1
WOTTON produced another dominant display but struggled to make their superiority count.
With keeper Joss Beeley and centre back Matt Wong on top form in controlling the D, the Blues’ goal was seldom threatened, but going forward the attacks all too often foundered in the packed centre of the pitch.
Quick passing to wide players started to unlock the visitors’ defence and when a pinpoint pass found Joe Barnes in space wide on the right, his devastating run ended with a good delivery that was deflected off a defender into the Cleevillians net.
The Blues reorganised at half-time and man of the match Roy Hewish and Pat Carr were a continual threat in the wide midfield positions.
After a number of near misses from penalty corners, Badgers’ star Tom Wong timed a far post run to perfection to convert a training ground routine in his first senior league game.
A strong Cleevillians fight back in the last 15 minutes rattled the Blues, who repeatedly surrendered cheap possession, and it was no surprise when the visitors pegged a goal back from a penalty corner almost on the final whistle.