New Revolution appear to be the team to beat in the indoor hockey league after picking up back-to-back wins against Filsket and Reckless. Deltmavine and Filsket also picked up victories in the weekend matches.
New Revolution 5, Filsket 1
The league started up again after the Christmas break with no sign from either team of any winter excesses. They were right out of the blocks in a very fast and skilful game.
It was New Rev who drew first blood after great work from the forward trio of Stacey Laurenson, Karis Irvine and Kristan Robertson. Irvine laid the ball off to Peter Sharp who drove up the right hand side and once in the D, beat the goalie.
This gave New Rev the confidence to drive on and it was not long before Sharp bagged his second with a great goal. He picked up the ball in the middle of his own half and beat three players before placing a reverse flick into the bottom corner.
New Rev were a real handful for Brett Haining and Gareth Robertson to handle. Once Gareth’s sister Kristan had won a short corner, and Laurenson had played the ball back to her, she was able to tuck the ball past the out-rushing goalie to make it 3-0 at half-time.
The second half started with Filsket giving New Rev some problems with the energy of Scott Jeromson up front, not letting them settle on the ball. Victoria Duthie was able to rob the ball and find Scott Jeromson at the back post to pull a goal back.
However, New Rev were quick to reply, and some great skill from Kristan Robertson down the right made her some space to find Karis Irvine in a good position who smashed the ball past the helpless goalie.
Just before full time Kevin Gifford got on the score sheet. From a short corner, the ball was played out to Sharp who squared it to Gifford who calmly scored with a low shot just inside the post.
Players of the match were Kevin Gifford for New Rev and Scott Jeromson for Filsket.
Deltmavine 6, Reckless 4
The clash between Deltmavine and Reckless started at a frantic pace with both teams quick off the mark and keen to get an early stranglehold on the tie.
It was the team from the north who built on good defensive work from Nicola Blance and Lee Balfour to open the scoring and double their lead through Danny Peterson and Toni Sidgwick.
This was the shock Reckless needed and they burst into life, pulling goals back through Bethany Laurenson and the impressive Kristofer Thomason to level the game.
Thomason, followed by Laurenson, then put Reckless ahead, before further goals from Peterson (2) and Alister Williamson (2) gave Deltmavine a two-goal lead and a win. This was an evenly matched and spirited game throughout with great hockey on show from both teams.
Players of the match were Kristofer Thomason for Reckless and Danny Peterson for Deltmavine.
Filsket 7, Deltmavine 5
Both teams started well but Filsket opened the scoring straight away with a quick shot from Brett Haining, flicking it past Deltmavine keeper Sharon Moore.
Deltmavine kept strong and evened the scoring with a goal from Toni Sidgwick, proving it was going to be a close game. With another goal from Sidgwick the pressure was on for Filsket, and with quick, end-to-end play both teams were eager to capitalise.
Danny Peterson pulled Deltmavine further ahead with a unstoppable strike from the edge of the circle but Haining beautifully brought Filsket back into the game just before the half-time whistle was blown.
Both teams started the second half confidently with all players working tirelessly. Haining kept his string of goals coming when he slotted his hat trick past Moore.
With the score even the determination for both teams reached new heights. Gareth Robertson was in perfect position and took his chance to get his name on the score sheet. But Deltmavine came back quickly when Rowan Nicolson caught Filkset goalie Jordon Wiseman off guard and sneaked it past.
With another flick from Haining and shortly after Robertson seizing the opportunity from a short corner to pull Filsket ahead, the pressure was on. But Deltmavine acted quickly and Alister Williamson worked his way into the cirlce and smashed his shot past the goalie.
Scott Jeromson found himself in the right place at the right time when his reverse hit left the final score at 7-5 to Filsket.
Players of the match were Brett Haining for Filsket and Nicola Blance for Deltmavine.
Reckless 2, New Revolution 5
The game started with end-to-end action. Reckless were unlucky not to score with some good skills shown from Kristoffer Thomason and Callum Williamson, but good defending from Kevin Gifford and Peter Sharp kept them at bay.
New Revolution hit the backboard first when Kristan Robertson linked well with Stacey Laurenson who pushed the ball into the corner just out of reach of Jessica Bradley. Kevin Gifford scored the next goal not long before the half-time whistle.
Reckless started the second half with good determination. Maggie Irvine and Julia Halcrow dealt with the pressure from New Revolution and were unlucky to concede a short corner.
Kristan Robertson drove into the circle and scored. Soon after this Kristoffer Thomason had a burst of pace down the court and buried the ball in the goals.
Sarah Couper made some brilliant saves in New Revolution’s goals but Kristoffer Thomason was determined to get on the score sheet again.
With all to play for Reckless were unlucky not to score any more goals through some nice play from Bethany Laurenson and John Magnus Scollay. Stacey Laurenson scored another goal and Karis Irvine also got on the score sheet, showing nice skills to get past the Reckless defenders.
Players of the match were Karis Irvine for New Revolution and Callum Williamson for Reckless.