Hockey
No reward from double-header

By Liam Moakes Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 15:49

REDDITCH were faced with a West Midlands Premier Division double-header at the weekend but the youthful Kingfishers were unable to emerge from the encounters with any points to show for their efforts.

First up on Saturday was the visit of a strong Old Halesonians who are second in the league and the visitors were able to draw on their experience to create countless openings and ease to a 10-1 victory.

However, Redditch did put together several impressive passing moves and late on Steve Cook deflected in a penalty corner to get them on the scoresheet.

Sunday brought a rearranged game at Warwick University and the visitors had to make some changes to their side due to unavailability, but they contributed plenty to the contest despite a 7-4 defeat.

The game was even in the early stages with the Reds putting together good moves but the home side took the lead, which was doubled shortly afterwards.

Andy Billingham reduced Redditch’s arrears but they conceded again before half time.

Redditch came out fighting in second half, believing they could get something from the game, and pulled another goal back through Lee Beedon before a lapse in concentration saw them concede numerous goals in quick succession.

Further goals from Billingham and Beedon made the scoreline reasonable but the deficit was too much to make up.

Redditch have another double header this weekend, with home games against Aldridge & Walsall and leaders Hampton-in-Arden.

REDDITCH 2NDS’ match at West Midlands Division One leaders Old Silhillians was postponed and they visit Market Drayton tomorrow.

REDDITCH 3RDS continued their improved form since Christmas with a convincing 3-0 home win over an experienced Pershore in West Midlands Division Two.

Redditch suffered a blow within the first five minutes as influential skipper Wayne Beard had to leave the field with a hamstring injury and this led to the hosts struggling to find the same rhythm in their passing game as they had achieved in recent weeks.

However, some solid defending and a few timely blocks from keeper Devlin Jacobs kept the visitors at bay in the first half and the hosts were then much-improved in the second period.

Beard urged them to move the ball quickly and accurately and they did just that as some probing play led to a succession of short corners, one of which saw defender Paul Baker force the ball home from close range to score his first goal for a number of years.

Redditch continued to pass the ball with greater composure, whilst Joel Haslam, Adam Haslam and Miles Haslam worked hard in midfield and denied Pershore any time or space to get back into the game.

With ten minutes remaining Beard hobbled back into the action and somehow burst into the D to fire Redditch into a 2-0 lead and this was quickly followed by the move of the match when Callum Amos-Pace collected the ball 25 yards out, beat a couple of players and then slipped the ball on to Alan Povey who slotted past the goalkeeper.

Redditch 3rds play second placed Bromsgrove at Trinity High School tomorrow.

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