16th Jan, 2021

Olton men's held to frustrating Bristol draw

HOCKEY: OLTON made the relatively short trip to Bristol on Saturday to face Clifton Robinson in their latest league tie.

With four members missing, Olton only took 14 players to the south-west with late injuries causing the team headache tactically.

Despite this, the visitors took the lead in the 18th minute with a goal from open play scored by Martin Ebbage.

The hosts came straight back, though, equalising three minutes later from a penalty corner.

But the free scoring theme continued two minutes later when drag-flick specialist Chris Beck re-established Olton’s lead.

That was soon cancelled out though when a goal from open play ensured both teams entered the second half level having scored two goals apiece.

Four goals in seven minutes continued the goal-fest theme.

Clifton Robinson were first to strike on 48 minutes before Joe Paul equalised for Olton.

The home side found the back of the net minutes after Paul’s marker to gift them a 4-3 lead.

That was before Chris Beck scored his second goal of the match in the 55th minute.

As Clifton were bottom of the table, Olton left feeling as though they should have picked up three points. But the club’s stretched resources only allowed one.

Olton are now in third place on goal difference.

The men’s team are next in action against Havant, Hampshire, on Sunday.

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