Defeat for improved Yardley at Wolverhampton - The Solihull Observer

Defeat for improved Yardley at Wolverhampton

Steve Carpenter 7th Mar, 2017 Updated: 8th Mar, 2017   0

HOCKEY: YARDLEY made Wolverhampton work for all three points on Saturday after falling to a 3-0 defeat in the West Midland League Division One.

Forced into several positional changes, Yardley took some time to settle into their task and Wolverhampton’s fast, interchanging play was not easy for the visitors to deal with.

Pinned into their own half, Yardley showed plenty of spirit as they weathered the storm with keeper Neal Makepeace being called upon to make some well-judged saves.

The defence, well marshalled by Matthew Bartlett, held out until the pressure eventually told when a well hit shot found the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead.

Several short corners were forced but two more goals from open play were scored before half-time, while in reply, Yardley’s Robin Stanley went close as he muscled his way into the D.

As it happened, the second half told a very different story as Yardley constructed some much better moves going forward with Zachariyya Asif and Jabran Mir combining well along the right flank.

Several chances were created but unfortunately not converted as Alex Makepeace and Usamah Iqbal worked tirelessly in breaking up the Wolves’ attacks, relieving the pressure on the back line and the keeper.

Wolverhampton might well have had the game won by half-time but as in recent weeks, Yardley’s youngsters showed plenty of resolve and plenty of positive spirit in not giving up. This Saturday Yardley entertain Evesham.


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