Judane suffered a setback in the indoor hockey league, losing to Lobbyless, while New Revolution took advantage of the slip-up to beat Ness and move back to the top of the table.
Indoor Hockey League
Lobbyless 6, Judane 3
The game started off well with both teams showing their skills. Judane opened the scoring through Ali Ross from a short corner. However, Lobbyless were quick to come back and scored with James Aitken firing home his first.
It was not long before Lobbyless got their second when Haydn Thomason scored his first after great play between him and Aitken up front.
The game got very frantic as Judane were desperate to win the match to stay top of the league and were disallowed a goal due to dangerous play.
The second half came and the goals began to come as well. Lobbyless increased the lead when Aitken converted a short corner. Judane’s heads began to drop as Lobbyless got their fourth goal, through a great run and slick finish by Thomason for his second.
Judane came back to make it 4-2 through Robert Smith’s goal from a short corner. Judane were becoming heated at this point and had one of their players sent off. Lobbyless capitalised and Aitken completed his hat trick with a bullet of a shot assisted by Rowan Nicolson.
Judane got another goal back by Ross to make it 5-3. However, they were unable to score again due to superb defending from Gwen Malcolmson and Lara Thomason.
Kristoffer Thomason, in goals, denied many shots from Judane, clearly demonstrating his ability. It was Haydn Thomason who finished it off for Lobbyless to complete his own hat trick, assisted by Rowan Nicolson.
Players of the match were James Aitken for Lobbyless and Connor Regan for Judane.
Ness 2, New Revolution 6
A mild-mannered game started in silence with all players taking time to regain concentration on the job in hand.
With New Revolution’s goal prowess clearly evident Ness were determined to give them a run for their money. The first half saw great defending from Anne-Marie Robinson and Kerry Burgess on the Ness back line with Neil Pearson in goals playing one of his best games yet.
Revolution’s Stacey Laurenson scored a fine hat trick in the first half with Ness’ Jillian Copland scoring a peach of a shot into the left hand side of goal at a perfectly awkward height for leaving keeper Sarah Cooper no chance.
The second half started with Ness on the attack from the off with Lewis Anderson and Robert Turnbull combining nicely with Jillian Copland for Lewis to finish a well-worked goal, bringing the Ness tally to two.
Revolution, always a threat, scored a further three from Kristan Robertson and Kevin Gifford and Laurenson grabbing her fourth.
Players of the match were Lewis Anderson for Ness and Stacey Laurenson for New Revolution.
Crusaders 2, Lobbyless 7
This was a fast and furious game from start to finsh, but Lobbyless took advantage early on through some great play and Rowan Nicolson scoring the first goal.
Haydn Thomason and James Aitken linked really well through the entire game, providing Rowan Nicolson with a number of attempts on goal. Aitken was soon on the score sheet with a fine finish before Nicolson grabbed her second.
The second half started as the first with the game going from end to end again with Lobbyless taking an early goal from Lara Thomason. Lowrie Simpson had a number of chances on goal for Crusaders but could not quite beat the on-form Lobbyless goalie Kristoffer Thomason.
Another three goals were scored by the Lobbyless hotshots, with Lara Thomason getting her second, James Aitken his second and Rowan Nicolson completing her hat trick.
Crusaders’ Rona Simpson scored two excellent goals in quick succession to take the final score to 7-2 to Lobbyless.
Crusaders keeper Darren Thomson pulled off some great saves to keep the on-fire Lobbyless attack from scoring any more. Crusaders can take heart from the game with fine performances from Gayle Johnson and Ross Moncrieff linking well.
Players of the match were Darren Thomson and Rona Simpson for Crusaders and Haydn Thomason and James Aitken for Lobbyless.
New Revolution v Deltmavine
New Revolution were given the points due to Deltmavine being unable to field a team.