Hockey round-up: Sheffield Bankers avenge defeat by beating York

Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club round-up.
Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club round-up.
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Sheffield University Bankers men’s second XI beat bottom team City of York 4-2 to avenge last week’s first defeat of the season and move up to fourth in Division 2 (East) of the North Hockey League.

The Bankers, who lost to Stockton last week, were never in too much trouble this time around as three first half goals gave them a comfortable lead at the interval.

A fourth, just after the break, should have put the game to bed, though a mixture of complacency and a gutsy display from York led to two second half goals for the visitors and a nail-biting finale.

The Bankers started the game in sprightly fashion, testing the York goalkeeper on numerous occasions, before Jon Palmer finally broke the deadlock in the 18th minute with a deft finish after another impressive save.

Tom Hawthorne soon capitalised on a mistake to double the lead in the 31st minute and just moments later it was three, as Sam Bromage rounded off a good team move.

The Bankers showed no sign of relenting immediately after the break, as skipper Jimmy Osborne smashed in a powerful fourth to seemingly seal the points.

York had other ideas, though, with a vast improvement catching a half-asleep Bankers side unawares.

The visitors’ star man on the day, Simon Law, scored twice inside four minutes to set up a tighter final quarter of an hour than most had anticipated.

The Bankers awoke to the danger though and were able to consolidate their lead in the final moments, a 4-2 victory reward for a strong first half display.

Meanwhile, a sensational second half performance earned the club’s first XI a 7-3 victory, and maintained their place at the top of the pile in the Premier Division.

Travelling away to York, the Bankers led 3-2 at half-time - with Steve Palmer, Drew Burkin and Jack Coulson on target - but recognised the need to put the game to bed.

That they did, with a four-goal blitz in the second period opening up a three point lead at the top of the league.

The superb Palmer scored again, before Oliver Large, debutant Martin Andrews and captain Matt Godden sealed the win.

A consolation goal for York failed to take the tarnish off a fabulous performance, made all the more impressive after two enforced changes were made to the side.

Further pleasure was taken from the Bankers’ discipline, after two cards had plagued last week’s victory.

All other men’s and ladies sides lost in the league on Saturday, bar the female second XI which thumped rivals Rotherham 6-0.

The men’s third team also beat local rivals Hallam 5-3 in an entertaining cup game.