Fired-up Grimsby edged out by Leeds young guns
GRIMSBY Hockey Club's men's first team captain Dicky Johnson praised his side's impressive attacking display – despite a 3-2 defeat against Leeds University 3rds.
The eagerly-anticipated game featured an experienced Grimsby side against a young and well-drilled university team.
It was a cracking game which highlighted the skill and fitness required to play the game at this level.
Johnson said: "I think the team was very unlucky to come away with nothing.
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"We played an excellent game and looked like taking all the points after displaying great attacking prowess in the second half."
Grimsby's Alex Garner carved out two fantastic opportunities early on and created a goal for Mike Want inside the first 15 minutes.
Grimsby presented themselves in a well-structured defensive and midfield line-up with Bromley and Sewell easily absorbing the early Leeds attacks.
Nevertheless, a high pass taken into the Grimsby D led to a Leeds equaliser shortly before half-time.
The second half began well for the home side.
Creating several chances, Johnson, Want, Garner and Hayre all went close.
However, as the Leeds fitness began to show, they broke and scored from a rebound to go 2-1 up.
Grimsby remained defiant and won a series of short corners from which Johnson produced a rapid drag-flick that beat the Leeds keeper to make it 2-2.
The game continued at a fast pace and Johnson was injured at another short corner when he came off second best in a collision with the opposition keeper.
Leeds seized the chance to build pressure on the Grimsby defence in the last ten minutes.
Alex Garner showed pace and determination to run 40 yards and play a great pass across goal – but there was no forward to pass into the empty net.
With just a couple of minutes remaining, Leeds struck the winner.
Thompson saved the initial effort, and the rebound was also snuffed out – but then the third shot flicked over the keeper and, despite Bromley's efforts, crossed the line.