Men's 2nd Team Match Reports
15th October 2014. BUCS Northern 4B. Sheffield Hallam 3’s vs Leeds Beckett 2’s.
After an amazing white wash varsity for Leeds Beckett Men’s Hockey, it was time for the 2’s first BUCS game of the season; a battle of the polys, Hallam vs Beckett. Surely there’s no better away day than getting to play on Hallam’s olympic pitch, which everyone was looking forward to, besides Giles who was at home in bed with the sniffles (stupid lanky fresher). We managed to arrive on time despite Chris Hall missing the motorway exit, if only he’d have listened to the navigator…
After an inspirational team talk from captain fantastic we started the game strongly and were very comfortable on the ball. Our early dominance was rewarded with a short corner. The Rhino had scored 5 “drag flicks” in 3 games for Leeds HC so the pressure was on. He stepped up to the mark and slotted it home into the bottom right corner of the goal, Hallam didn’t know what had hit them. 1 - 0 Carnegie.
The game started heating up and Hallam were literally throwing themselves at us, we handled the pressure well and all our 11 players on the pitch defended like their lives depended on it. After some awful umpiring from Stevie Wonder we found ourselves defending a shorty. After successfully blocking several shorts in quick succession we were back in control of the game. Woodman threw a beautifully weighted aerial over the top which fell perfectly to Boris. After some tidy skill around the keeper Macklemore scored a sweet reverse stick shot from the tightest angle ever, we’re talking Roberto Carlos 1998 vs Tenerife. 2 - 0 Carnegie.
Hallam’s defence was wide open as and Rory was able to work his way past half their team with some unbelievable tekkers. The little Irish man (sorry, Northern Irish) finished of a wonderful move with a bit of magic, a cheeky little dink right between the keepers legs. Even Suarez (who can nutmeg a mermaid) would have been proud of that. Half time, Hallam 0, Leeds Beckett 3.
We set out into the second half with the main objective of keeping a clean sheet. We were playing that well some may have easily mistaken us for Barcelona after some beautiful tika-taka style play. At this point we were embarrassing Hallam who were in awe of how good we were. They were so frustrated they started diving in and subsequently received a yellow card as well as a green.
We capitalised on having the extra man and The Rhino crashed one from top D into the bottom corner. After not scoring at all last season he now has 7 goals in 4 games, what is going on?! 4 - 0 Carnegie.
Stevie Wonder temporarily stopped the game after somehow noticing that Hallam had snook an eleventh player back onto the pitch, decent spot for a blind man.
All of a sudden we were caught snoozing at the back and Hallam were almost through on goal. To prevent a one on one with the keeper and to protect our clean sheet, I took one for the the team and wiped out their centre forward with a horrendous tackle. I’ve never been so embarrassed, sat on the side of the pitch I felt like a child who’d been reprimanded with the naughty step.
Hallam were that bad you wouldn’t have even known that they had an extra man. Shortly after having 11 men back on the field Newman starts arguing with the umpire and he see’s yellow too. The dispute carried on after the final whistle which is what ultimately lead to his dick of the day vote. Quote, “I wasn’t arguing, I was just trying to have a conversation”.
The journey home saw some impressively quick feet from Rory and Dom at red lights, top work freshers. Also a very good turn out from the 2’s at our first beer circle. Although an ear infection led to a no show from our captain, social sec you’re havin’ a laugh...
An all round solid performance from everybody, let’s keep up the hard work next week; another away match, this time we face Sheffield Uni. We go again…
MOM - Nathan Woodman
DOD - Ben Newman
FINAL SCORE: Sheffield Hallam 3’s 0 - 4 Leeds Beckett 2’s.
Wednesday 22nd October. Bucs Northern 4B. Sheffield 3's V Leeds Beckett 2's
After having won convincingly at Sheffield Hallum the previous week the Men's second team returned to Sheffield full of confidence this time to play against Sheffield University.
Unfortunately we lost our defensive centre midfielder and main short corner taker Ollie Whiteman due to illness, which meant he couldn't add to the 2 goals he had scored the week before. However Giles had recovered sufficiently from his mystery illness to make his league debut.
After the debacle of trying to find Hallum's pitch the week before we were relieved to have a bus driver this week, however things didn't bode well when he stepped onto the bus and asked if anybody knew where we were going! So once again it was up to Mr sense of direction himself Matthew Dobson to provide the numpty of a bus driver with a postcode and directions but something was bound to go wrong.
After spending 20 minutes going down some very tight roads and with the help of Macklemore's phone we finally arrived at the Sheffield pitch. But after doing well and getting us to the pitch Macklemore then revealed that the speakers he had bought couldn't be used by anyone, definite dick of the day material.
After an intense warmup and another inspirational speech by captain fantastic, the game began! Once again Beckett took hold of the game and dominated from the start. It wasn't long before the pressure told and Paddy Fletcher played a through ball to Tom Dale, which any player would dream of making, and in turn Dale provided a finish that matched the skill of the assist 1-0 Beckett!!!
The teams confidence grew still further and after the defence easily dealt with a period of pressure. Sheffield were soon 2 down after they were caught on the counter. Chris Hall found space in the D and scored with a superb reverse stick dink over the on rushing keeper!
It wasn't long before the defence were trying to get in on the scoring action as Dobson soon went on a mesmerising run similar to that of Eden Hazard. Sadly unlike Hazard he was tackled and the top of the D, and being caught out of position took out the player who was breaking away. With a stern blow of the whistle by the umpire Dobson knew he was in trouble and fearing he was about to receive his second yellow in 2 games suddenly turned into Jay from The Inbetweeners. With his apology he managed to escape with only a green.
The second half started in the same manor as the first, with Beckett dominating from the off. It wasn't long before Sheffield were caught on the break and once again Chris Hall found himself free in the D. However this time the keeper was determined to not be embarrassed so decided to take him out before he could shoot, penalty stroke to Beckett!! After his worldie of a flick in Varsity, Will Leaman coolly stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way 3-0!!!!!
However Sheffield soon rallied and after a period of pressure won themselves a short corner. After an ill judged outburst from Dan Jones Beckett found themselves down to 10 men. From the resulting short corner Sheffield scored to make it 3-1!!
Once back to a full 11 men, Beckett once again dominated and after a swift passing move that seemed to involve every player, Bailey slipped in Macklemore with a superb defence splitting ball. Borris then rounded the keeper and just like last week finished with a neat reverse stick shot from a tight angle, 4-1 Beckett!!!!!!!!
The rest of the game petered out without much more action, which meant that Beckett could soon start celebrating their 3rd win in as many games!!!
MOM- Ben Newman
DOD- Dan Jones
Final Score - Sheffield Uni 3rds 1-4 Leeds Beckett 2nds