Hockey: Sheffield Hallam move out of dropzone with narrow win over fellow strugglers
Sheffield Hallam moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a nervy 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers City of Peterborough.
The team bounced back from their 5-1 drubbing away at Olton last time out to record only their second win of the campaign.
Despite dominating the opening quarter, goals eluded Sheffield initially.
Eventually the pressure was too much and Peterborough were forced into a desperate tackle in front of goal, resulting in a penalty stroke.
Cameron Down stepped up and duly opened the scoring.
The second half was a much cagier affair with Peterborough searching for an equaliser.
As they pushed forward, the hosts came under increased pressure.
Sheffield were able to take advantage of the increased space in the Peterborough half and mounted a number of counter-attacks.
One of these proved successful as Matt Godden won the ball in midfield for Sheffield.
He then fed Myles King who brought a fine stop from the keeper, as did Brett Tucker with the rebound.
But it was third time lucky for Sheffield as Tom Feasby was on hand to reverse hit the ball into the goal for Sheffield’s second.
Peterborough halved the deficit with a penalty corner late on but Sheffield hung on.
Sheffield host Durham University this Sunday (12.45pm).
Hallam ladies' first team returned from the long trip to Whitley Bay without anything to show for their efforts having lost 1-0.
It was doubly disappointing after Sheffield had been awarded a goal only for it to be then ruled out after the officials judged it hit a defender’s stick rather than one of the Sheffield players.
Elsewhere, The men's second lost the derby to Sheffield University Bankers 3-2.
The ladies' seconds returned to top spot in Division Three with a 2-1 win over Driffield.