Hockey round-up: Sheffield Hallam return empty-handed from Olton as old foe haunts them

Andrew Jackson scored Sheffield's only goal
Andrew Jackson scored Sheffield's only goal
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Sheffield Hallam returned empty handed after their trip to Birmingham to face Olton last Sunday - with a familiar face returning to haunt them.

After the frantic efforts to beat Leek last week, Hallam stepped up to the challenge against their Midlands rivals, controlling large portions of the match.

However, despite their efforts, Sheffield were unable to capitalise on numerous opportunities in front of goal. At the other end, man of the match Josh Parkinson was in fine form, making a number of crucial saves to keep Olton at bay. The sides turned around all level with the score 0-0 at half time.

The deadlock was broken early in the second half as Sheffield old boy, Martin Ebbage, finally managed to find a way past Parkinson to score from an acute angle.

Olton extended their lead shortly afterwards with a well taken penalty corner goal.

Sheffield regrouped and won a penalty corner of their own, which Andrew Jackson duly slotted in to the bottom corner.

Almost immediately, Olton reestablished their two-goal lead, with Ebbage once again finding the net.

As Sheffield tried to get back into the game, space opened up and Olton rounded off a comprehensive second half performance with a fourth.

There was good news on Saturday, though, as the men’s second team got their first win of the season, with a 5-2 victory over Driffield.

Man of the match Alex Molyneux led the way with a hat-trick, with goals from Joe Horne and Akshay Ahitan.

This weekend, the men’s first team entertain league newcomers Oxton at Abbeydale at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Sheffield Hallam Ladies bounced back from a disappointing 1-0 loss against Fylde last week to beat Durham University 1-0. The only goal of the game came from a penalty corner scored by Alex Buskwood.

Coach Malcolm Pratt commented “Everyone worked so hard and the effort all over the pitch from everyone was outstanding.”