HOCKEY: YARDLEY found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline at home to Droitwich in the West Midlands Division One league on Saturday.
In what was a rearranged fixture from back in January, Yardley started the match brightly despite being without their influential skipper.
The hosts took the game to their opponents at every opportunity but they were punished for not making the most of their chances.
Slightly against the run of play, Droitwich edged into the lead from a short corner and the goal allowed the visitors to grow in confidence.
They added to their lead before half-time when a hopeful cross into the D deflected off the keeper’s pads into the net.
At the start of the second period, both teams continued with their attacking approach but with Droitwich looking most likely to score again.
Midway through the half a Droitwich attack was not cleared and this led to goal number three and a fourth goal soon followed from a short corner.
Yardley continued to press forward whenever possible and a quick breakaway allowed the visitors to go 5-0 up.
The hosts eventually scored a deserved consolation late on when Alex Makepeace’s crisp shot from a short corner gave the visiting keeper no chance.
Droitwich will be delighted to have completed their season on a high while Yardley will be disappointed with their performance.
They have one more chance to salvage something from their season when they visit Newtown this week in another re-arranged game.