Hockey firsts put up a good fight against league leaders but still suffer difficult defeat

Aylesbury,right,  in previous action against Slough
Aylesbury,right, in previous action against Slough
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After a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Wallingford, Aylesbury Hockey Club put in an improved showing against table toppers Oxford Hawks seconds but still went down 2-1.

The firsts had a shaky opening 10 minutes in which keeper Stephen Best was twice at full stretch to keep things level. But gradually the Aylesbury midfield took more control.

After two successive penalty corner misses it was third time lucky as Rory Twogood flicked into the bottom corner.

Aylesbury then lost Mark Ferguson with a broken finger and Oxford Hawks began to press more strongly.

From a short corner Hawks were fortunate to gain a penalty stroke when the ball hit an Aylesbury defender which the umpire wrongly adjudged was going in. Hawks converted the stroke to draw the scores level at half time.

The second half was hard fought with players from both sides receiving yellow cards and going down to 10 players on more than one occasion.

Chances remained few and far between and it was Hawks who converted one to take a 2-1 lead. The Ay’s tried to rally but to no avail.

The seconds also came unstuck in a 2-0 defeat to Oxford Hawks thirds. With the snow coming down the Hawks unleashed their own rapid flurry of goals with both inside the first 10 minutes.

For the thirds there was no joy either as the Hawks’ fourths put four past them. After a stalemate at the break the Hawks seized control with a short corner routine twice paying dividends.

Two late goals added further insult to injury.

The men’s fourths were left kicking themselves when they squandered a 2-1 lead with goals from Gary Abel and Wadell Wilson against Reading Rovers thirds to lose 3-2.

Lastly a depleted fifths side were thrashed 10-1 by a table topping Hawks sixths side who showed no mercy.