Hockey: Sheffield University Bankers going on the attack

Matt Northcott - Sheffield University Bankers coach
Matt Northcott - Sheffield University Bankers coach
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Sheffield University Bankers hockey club are aiming for promotion this season, as they remain undefeated in the North 1 Division league.

The side’s success has been attributed to a more attacking style of play this season which has been implemented by the new coach Matt Northcott.

The 23-year-old, who joined in August, is delighted with how the team has embraced the new system and is adamant Bankers can win the league this season.

“Every single player has adapted very well to the new changes I have made. Now we play with a very attacking formation and judging by some of our recent score lines it is really working,” the former Walsall first XI said.

“In game situations it’s all about getting ahead of the ball and creating lots of those goal scoring chances rather than playing in a negative way which the team used to at times last season.

“The aim is for promotion this year for the side and it is my goal to get us there. And the way we have started the season and how we are playing in each game we are well on our way.

“We have built ourselves a strong base with some very impressive performances – now we just have to push on with the rest of the season and give everything in each performance.

Last weekend Bankers had a hard fought 6-4 away win at Harrogate in the league followed by an emphatic 10-0 victory on Sunday away at Marton Furness in the YHA Trophy Cup.

“It was a great double victory but especially the win against Harrogate because it is known to be a very hard place to go and it was a real battle,” the former Sutton Coldfield player said.

“They were very spirited opponents but our quality in attack really showed and ultimately won us the game.”

However Matt has warned that his team must tighten up in defence ahead of this Saturday’s home game against Chester: “They may be low in the league but we can’t let silly goals in.

“I am expecting us to win and win comfortably to be honest. I just want them to keep doing the good things well and this week we will all work hard in training putting everything into practice in the game.”

He added: “I think it’s possible to be pushing up there with Hallam in the future and I want us to be. It’s a building process at the moment and we are trying to instil a new ethos in at the club which could take a couple of years but I think the side that we have at the moment does have the potential to do that.”