Hockey club winning streak hit for six
3:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
THE Penarth Hockey Club 1st XI's unbeaten start to the season ended in dramatic fashion as visitors Lydney ran in six goals in thisDavis Wood Hockey League clash.
Before the game, which featured first and second in the De Cymru and The Marches Division 1, Penarth knew this would be their toughest challenge of the season, with the visitors having only lost to a strong Cardiff & Met B side and won their other three games convincingly.
Nevertheless, the home side started well and should have taken the lead, but squandered some golden opportunities. As a result, it was Lydney who struck first, catching Penarth on the break and finishing well. The visitors doubled their lead as Penarth found themselves caught short at the back for a second time and, with the first half remaining fairly even in terms of possession, the home side clearly felt aggrieved when they found themselves 3-0 down following a composed finish.
Penarth managed to pull one back before the break, with Tom Harran controlling a deflected pass and slotting it past the 'keeper to keep the home side in contention, but the next goal would, undoubtedly, prove vital.
Unfortunately, for the Vale of Glamorgan side, it was Lydney who struck, putting the game to bed early in the half. Although Penarth kept pushing forward in search of goals, the visitors were well drilled and gave little away at the back. Their strong defence, combined with some fantastic attacking players, who finished at almost every opportunity, eventually saw the game end 6-1.
Penarth felt a little hard done by after some bizarre umpiring prevented them playing their direct attacking style of hockey - something that was not helped by some flamboyant diving by the Lydney players who appeared to have been watching too much Italian football. But the home side were far from their best, and sloppy errors in every area were, ultimately, what cost them the match.
The result sees Penarth slip to third place, on goal difference, in a closely-fought division, and they will look to show the resolve necessary to get back to the top of the table at the earliest opportunity. That could come this weekend as the 1st XI travel across the Severn to take on Lansdown. The 2nd XI return to action, hosting old rivals Abergavenny at Barry Sports Centre.
The club always welcomes new, old and returning players, umpires, supporters, friends and helpers, regardless of age and ability. Training takes place on the artificial turf at Barry Sports Centre every Wednesday, with the juniors in action between 6-7pm and seniors between 7-8pm.
Further information can be obtained from club secretary Dave Stevens (email@example.com).