HOCKEY: A SPIRITED performance was not enough for Yardley as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to a lively Redditch outfit in the West Midlands League Division One.
A depleted Yardley side were forced to play a number of younger players and after an energetic start by both sides it was the visitors who settled into their game quicker.
They soon edged into the lead thanks to a somewhat scrappy goal and as Redditch stepped up their game, the Yardley defence held firm and made life very difficult for their opponents.
Redditch attacked as every opportunity but were unable to add to their slender lead before half-time as Zach Jarvis and Alex Makepeace put in stirling performances in the heart of the Yardley defence.
The start of the second period began as the first ended with Redditch forcing most of the pace but they were unable to capitalise against a rugged opposition.
Yardley briefly gave themselves some hope when they stunned their guests by scoring an equaliser. A rapid break out from defence saw a cross into the D met by Noor Zaman who passed the ball back towards the centre of the goal where Usamah Iqbal calmly helped the ball into the goal.
This gave the home side a brief period of confident approach-play, prompted from defence by the energetic Salim Hussain.
However, soon Redditch forced their way back into the game to score two more goals from open play and although the young Yardley side did not give up there was no way back.
This week Yardley face a tough task at home against Old Wulfrunians.