HOCKEY: OLTON were held to a frustrating draw against Cardiff Met on Sunday, restricting their league progress.
Though Olton held the lead for large parts of the game, a late penalty corner ensured Cardiff claimed a point in the club’s latest Men’s Hockey League West contest.
Fin Geelan helped the home side take the lead on 20 minutes, though Cardiff quickly cancelled this out with a marker of their own just six minutes later with a goal from open play.
Olton responded quickly to regain their one-goal lead on 29 minutes when Steve Batten made no mistake in converting Oscar Kay’s cross from the right wing.
The flurry of goals was followed by a period of calm before Cardiff were awarded a penalty corner with five minutes left on the clock, from which they scored to level the game.
Though further chances presented themselves, Olton failed to find the back of the net as the game ended in a draw.
Olton are now fifth in the West Conference on 15 points from nine games.
There was little joy for Olton Ladies either as they slipped up against Gloucester City, losing 2-1.
After beating Torjans away last week, Olton entered this contest in high spirits.
But their up and down form continued as mid-table Gloucester scored in the final minute of the game, relegating Olton into the bottom half of the Investec Women’s Hockey League West Conference.
Gloucester took the lead on 31 minutes after a patient start to the game.
Still confident in picking up the points, Olton equalised on 58 minutes when Harriet Payne scored from a penalty corner.
Efforts to push for a winning goal soon backfired when Gloucester caught Olton on the break in the final minute of the game.
The home side were awarded a penalty corner, which they converted – making the game a bitter pill to swallow for Olton.
There’s a chance for the borough team to get revenge on their western rivals this weekend though as they host Gloucester at Grange Road on Saturday at noon.
Elsewhere Olton’s Over 35s Ladies team defeated Ipswich 6-1 in the Tier One Cup.
Though Ipswich provided tough competition, hat-tricks from Linda Webb and Sally Walton helped Olton cruise to a 6-1 victory.
The club will hope to go one better this year after finishing runners up in last year’s competition at the Olympic Park in London.