Yardley end disappointing campaign with another defeat - The Solihull Observer

Yardley end disappointing campaign with another defeat

Solihull Editorial 27th Mar, 2017 Updated: 28th Mar, 2017   0

HOCKEY: THE SEASON ended in disappointment for Yardley as they tasted another defeat, this time on the road at Newton on Saturday in the West Midlands League Division One.

Playing the bottom placed team in a rearranged fixture, Yardley had hopes of salvaging something from their season but they fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat in spite of building up a two-goal lead.

The home team started much the stronger and forced Yardley keeper, Neal Makepeace, into a couple of crucial early saves.

Yardley eventually burst into action and began to impose themselves on the match, creating plenty of chances and the pressure finally told.

Good work by skipper Zach Jarvis saw him play the ball into space inside the area where Zakariyya Asif was waiting to sweep the ball into an open goal.

Yardley continued to impress with Usamah Iqbal, Zakariyya Asif and Rahman all looking dangerous down the flanks but it remained 1-0 at half-time.

The visitors picked up where they left off after the re-start and they soon doubled their advantage when a neat move involving Alex Makepeace and Jarvis saw the skipper feed Zakariyya Asif in the area and he was able to bag his second and put Yardley in control.

After conceding a second, Newtown seemed to finally click into gear and as Yardley were pressing upfield they began their own counter-attacks chiefly through some clever use of aerial balls which proved difficult to defend.

Three second half goals saw behind in the match and they could not make a series of short corners count and eventually seemingly lost their drive, losing a game that they had for the taking but could not keep control.


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