Hockey round-up: Hallam Ladies get back to winning ways at the Wirral

James Cozens of Sheffield University Bankers
James Cozens of Sheffield University Bankers
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Sheffield Hallam Ladies’ first XI returned to winning ways at Neston South Wirral, to consolidate their mid-table position in the North Hockey Premier Division.

A well-worked penalty corner did the damage, as the experienced Kathryn Hughes grabbed a second half winner.

And the visitors held on to their 1-0 lead to claim an impressive three points away from home.

Meanwhile, there was finally some joy for the mens second team who dramatically moved off the bottom of Division One with their first win of the season.

The clash with Newcastle University was all square at 1-1 heading into the final few minutes, after Tom Brammer had continued his excellent run of form with another goal.

But as both sides looked set to share the spoils, vice-captain Chris Debney struck a crucial winner three minutes from time to lift his side clear of immediate danger.

The mens first team were not in action this week, with the Conference North taking a week’s break to allow a regional junior tournament to take place.

On the other side of the city, Sheffield University Bankers Mens first team were held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds, but remain top of the Premier Division.

A surprisingly sluggish Bankers side took the lead against the run of play when player-coach Drew Burkin smashed home with a reverse stick.

And despite further Leeds pressure, the hosts soon went 2-0 up when Matt Kettley followed in after a save from the Leeds ‘keeper.

The visitors got a deserved goal back just before the break, though, to set up what was a tense second half. The Bankers defended tightly without offering much of a threat but with just two minutes to go, Leeds capitalised on a succession of short corners to equalise.

However, they responded to that disappointment with a 16-0 thumping of lower-league Sutton Coldfield in the NOW Pensions HA Cup on Sunday, including hat-tricks for Owen Davies and Will Galloway.

The mens second XI led 2-0 with 10 minutes to go but totally self-imploded to lose 3-2 at Leeds.

James Cozens and Jon Palmer had given the Bankers a comfortable lead but a combination of indiscipline and some questionable officiating saw them throw away their good work.

They travel to North Shields next, in the knowledge that lessons must be learned if they are to compete at the top of Division 2 (East) this season.

They were defeated again in the cup on Sunday, but in different circumstances as they went down 1-0 to Premier Division side Brooklands MU despite dominating for large parts of the game.

There were also Bankers wins for the Men’s fourth, fifth and seventh teams, while the Ladies’ seconds were also victorious.