Leaders New Revolution picked up two close wins in the latest round of indoor hockey fixtures for the Eric Brown Shield, with second-placed Deltmavine also gaining a victory and drawing with Zetland.
Eric Brown Shield
Deltmavine 4, Lobbyless 3
Right from the off the Delts were put under some heavy pressure with James Aitken and Haydn Thomason ghosting through their ranks at ease. Their pressure and dominance paid off and resulted in three early goals, one a screamer from Aitken and two bewitching strikes from Thomason.
The Delts found their feet at last when their zombie-like attack resurrected itself and Danny Peterson pulled a goal back to make the score 3-1 at half time.
To some, the Delts may have looked dead and buried at half time, but on this freakiest of nights they pulled another goal back, again through Peterson.
With Nicola Blance, Debbie Robertson and Toni Sidgwick dealing well with the Lobbyless tricks, the Delts were to provide the treats and scored two more from Peterson. On this night, the eve of Hallowe’en, the Delts showed they were not prepared to lie down and die and pulled a fantastic win out of the bag.
Player of the match for Lobbyless was James Aitken while for Deltmavine it was Toni Sidgwick.
New Revolution 3, Zetland 2
The second game of the night saw New Revolution take on newcomers Zetland. The pass back was taken by New Rev and right from the start they were on the attack with some good link-up play by Debbie Sneddon, Kevin Gifford and Emma Gray, but they found the Zetland defence working hard to close them down.
New Rev scored first with Mhari Moncrieff and Gray linking well, with Gray laying the ball back to Gifford to slot past goalie Debi Kane at the near post.
Zetland might have thought this could have been a Hallowe’en shocker with New Rev’s previous results, but they regrouped well and were able to get back on level terms. After some strong running from Stacey Gardener, Matthew Anderson managed to play the ball across the New Rev goal where Lara Jamieson met it at the back post to beat the out coming John Mouat in goals.
New Rev scored their second when good work on the left from Gayle Henry found Gray on the right of goal for her shot to come back off the post and to the stick of Gifford to score his second goal. That made it 2-1 at half time.
The second half started quickly with the Zetland attack trying to get back in the game, with Indyia Bradley and Wilma Sim linking well. They won a couple of short corners but were unable to beat John Mouat in goal. New Rev started to find their game again and were moving the ball around with some neat quick passing from Peter Sharp and Sneddon finding the runs from Henry and Gray, and could have scored a few more if not for Kane making some good saves.
It was Zetland who managed to get the next goal and back on level terms, not without a little bit of controversy. Matthew Anderson was able to drill the ball past Mouat in goals with the New Rev defence looking for the umpire to call for feet, from the earlier passage of play.
The goal spurred New Rev on and Sharp was able to find Gifford on the right. He was able to beat his defender and play the ball back to Gray to score her first goal to make it 3-2.
Players of the match were Emma Gray for New Rev and Matthew Anderson for his hard work up front for Zetland.
Zetland 2, Deltmavine 2
Deltmavine had the first pass back and immediately pushed forward, giving the Zetland defence of Lara Jamieson and Dawn Anderson work to do. It wasn’t long before Deltmavine had their first attempt at goal but Zetland goalie Debi Kane was on top form and made several good saves before Andrew Aitken got the ball past the Zetland defence to get the first for Deltmavine.
Zetland had good possession of the ball with Stacey Gardner and Indyia Bradley worked well in the middle but stuggled to get past the Deltmavine defence.
Half time saw Zetland regroup and just minuites into the second half Indyia Bradley made a solo run up the pitch past the Deltmavine defence to score the first for Zetland. Debbie Sneddon and Nicola Blance worked well for Deltmavine keeping possession and passing. It wasn’t long before Blance slipped past the Zetland defence to score the second for Deltmavine.
Zetland pushed hard for an equaliser and were rewarded when a cross from Stacey Gardner was flicked through Matthew Anderson’s legs and into the goal bringing the score to two all.
Player of the match for Zetland was Matthew Anderson and Andrew Aitken stood out for Zetland.
Lobbyless 2, New Rev 3
The game started off with both teams eager for the win. Lobbyless’ Lara Thomason was creating problems for the New Rev defence and pressed hard, winning the opening short corner. Haydn Thomason then converted well with a blistering shot, opening the scoring for Lobbyless.
New Rev were quick to react with great attacking play from Gail Henry and Peter Sharp, causing Ashley Burgess and Gwen Malcolmson problems in defence for Lobbyless. However, the attacks were soon snubbed out with strong defending from the pair.
Kristoffer Thomason was outstanding for his fine saves made in the heated attack, saving a vital one-on-one shot. Lobbyless pressed for attack and James Aitken showed great skill on the wing, causing more problems for the New Rev defence.
Lobbyless were then awarded another short corner. Thomason controlled well and finished in style for his second of the game making it 2-0. New Rev grabbed a goal before the first half with impressive play from Gail Henry to make it 2-1.
The second half started with an even faster paced game than the first. Both teams were itching for another goal and Brian Irvine managed to squeeze the ball past the Lobbyless keeper to make it 2-2.
Unfortunately the game got quite heated and both teams were making vital mistakes. New Rev’s Irvine was then sent off for a three-minute sin bin. After his return the game calmed down and restarted.
Kevin Gifford for New Rev showed impressive skill and found Irvine for the match winner.
Players of the evening were Haydn Thomason for Lobbyless and Peter Sharp for New Rev.
Saturday 13th November (referees in brackets): Hurricanes v Lobbyless at 4pm (Zetland); Lobbyless v Whalsay at 4.45pm (Hurricanes); Whalsay v Zetland at 5.40pm (Lobbyless); Zetland v Hurricanes at 6.20pm (Whalsay).