Yate 1st Team Mens v Bristol & West 2nd’s, Saturday 16th September 2017. Yate 5 – Bristol & West 2
Yate Men’s Hockey Club 1st team kicked off their 2017/18 season with a friendly match against neighbours, and rivals, Bristol & West 2nd team. Both teams were keen to start their season well and it was Yate who settled quickest and went ahead early with a penalty corner strike by Darren Ashley. Marcus Smith’s tireless running up front resulted in a superb goal after the ball was moved quickly out of defence by Dominic Chambers through the midfield to Smith who finished in style. Bristol & West then hit back with a goal of their own after a strong right wing attack wrong footed the Yate defence and goalie Michael Edwards was left with little chance. However, Yate immediately converted their fourth penalty corner with a deflection from the ever young Gareth Slater and Marcus Smith added a second goal and the sides turned around with Yate leading 4 to 1.
The second half saw Bristol & West match Yate more closely and with Yate experimenting with a “half court press” it invited Bristol & West to score next after a fast left wing attack. With Sam Patton back running the midfield, Yate closed the stronger team and the final goal came from a flow of passes amongst the three Hatfields, Father John and sons Miles and Oscar, with Miles finishing with a reverse stick shot. The question of who was the best or worst of the father and son trio was not properly settled until Oscar missed an open goal created by his brother and father. Yate ran out 5 to 2 winners and started their season with a fine win.
Yate Hockey Club are looking to attract new players and the Men’s, Ladies and Junior sections are all expertly coached, so anyone interested can make contact via the club’s website.