Hockey
More woe for firsts but seconds prevail

By Liam Moakes Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 08/11 12:11

THE TASK gets no easier for Redditch as they go in search of their first West Midlands Premier Division points of the season with the visit of second placed Finchfield tomorrow (3pm).

The Kingfishers are still to get off the mark this season but pushed Aldridge & Walsall all the way on Saturday as they were beaten 8-5 on the road.

Redditch started the game well but, as in previous games, were unable to capitalise and found themselves a couple of goals behind after several errors.

Goals from Richard Sellors and Pete Dawson helped Redditch get back into the game but they still found themselves trailing 5-2 at half time.

The second half saw Redditch emerge even stronger as they looked for a way back into the game and two goals from Andy Brooks reduced the deficit but, as Redditch pushed forward in search of more goals, gaps were exposed and the opposition were able to score two more goals themselves.

Dawson grabbed his second goal of the game to close the gap once again, but Aldridge & Walsall had the last say as they scored again to condemn the Reds to another defeat.

REDDITCH 2NDS enjoyed a 2-1 home victory over Market Drayton to keep themselves out of the West Midlands Division One relegation zone as they prepare to head to Droitwich tomorrow.

Redditch started very well and forced play deep into Market Drayton's half from the outset, creating several early goalscoring chances, including a clear miss from skipper Steve Dawes.

Midway through the half a quick counter-attack by the visitors forced a penalty corner, which was converted on the rebound by David Murphy.

It seemed Redditch's bad luck was going to continue and the game might have changed dynamics at this point, but resilient Reds kept their heads and remained disciplined and focused.

Just before half time the persistent pressure was rewarded when Jay Abbotts scored with a great strike for the home team.

The second half saw Redditch dominate further as several opportunities whistled past the posts and Market Drayton started to lose control and several players were carded for poor tackles.

Redditch took full advantage and moments from the end of the game man of the match Abbotts converted once more to leave the home team victorious for the first time this season.

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