14th Nov, 2019

Rampant Olton hit Leeds for six in opener - Solihull hockey round-up

Ben Tyler 10th Oct, 2019

OLTON & West Warwick men’s first XI chalked up their first victory in Division One North with a fine 6-0 win over Leeds.

The visitors from Yorkshire shaded the opening exchanges and missed key opportunities, with Olly Ward’s 31st-minute the difference at the break.

Olton eventually found their rhythm and ran rampant after the interval, with player-coach Peter Jackson netting from a penalty corner to give Olton a two-goal cushion.

Three goals in a 13-minute spell from Josh Green, Tom Mallett and captain Alex Edmonstone put hosts in the driving seat, before Jackson finished off the rout with his second of the game late on.

Olton host University of Birmingham on Sunday (1.30pm).

The ladies’ first team remain unbeaten two games into the Investec Division One North season after a 2-2 draw at Stourport.

A goal 16 minutes into the game put the hosts 1-0 up and suggested Olton were in for a tough ride, but Sade Gerald’s leveller ten minutes later was a positive response.

The equaliser sent Stourport out of their stride, allowing Sally Walton to capitalise and put the visitors in front just before the break.

Stourport were awarded a controversial penalty stroke and duly took the opportunity to level, with no further goals added.

A trip to Leeds awaits on Saturday (2pm).


SOLIHULL Blossomfield men’s first XI lost out 3-2 to Edgbaston Seconds in a fiery encounter, with all goals coming in the second half.

Visitors Edgbaston went ahead before quickfire goals from Cameron Mowat and Aamer Chaudhry sent Bloss in front.

But ten minutes from time, a goal conceded from a short corner and a controversial penalty flick meant Edgbaston left with the points.

The men’s second string lost by the same scoreline at Droitwich Firsts, where Harry Mowat’s brace proved in vain after a late winner from the hosts.

Blossomfield ladies’ first team lost out by a single goal away to Matlock’s first XI, in a physical encounter in which the hosts managed the game to perfection.

The ladies’ second XI continued the losing trend across the weekend for Blossomfield after a 4-0 defeat away to Warwick’s first team.

Warwick started brightest and were not allowed a route into the game intially, until a quickfire brace at the end of the first half opened the floodgates and allowed the hosts to add to their score after the break.

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