Hockey: Grimsby sides' mixed fortunes
GRIMSBY'S ladies put their unbeaten records on the line again today with two tough matches.
Both the first and second teams were without a game last weekend, after the firsts' encounter at Goole was postponed due to the hosts' lack of players.
That clash will be rearranged for February but, in the meantime, Grimsby's first-string travel to face Brigg thirds today.
Captain Gaenor Thompson is in bullish mood after a confident start to the season.
"Having had a week off, we are eager to get playing again," she said.
"We have a strong team out to play against local rivals Brigg and, with the effort and type of hockey we are currently playing, I have the confidence that our team can pull off another great victory."
Meanwhile, the seconds face Hull University thirds at Oasis Academy Wintringham. Skipper Jenni Thompson is hopeful her side can continue their fantastic start to the new season as well.
She said: "With last year's campaign not going the way we were hoping, to have three wins out of three is a fantastic result.
"This is my first year as captain and I cannot have asked for more from everyone.
"The team is getting on really well and new players are slotting in nicely. This weekend, we are looking to make it four wins from four matches."
Grimsby's men are still searching for their first victory of the season, heading into today's game against Hull University at Hereford School. Both men's teams both slipped to defeats last weekend, with the firsts beaten 5-0 by Brigg in a local derby.
The first half ended scoreless with Grimsby playing really well and matching Brigg in play and possession.
Grimsby's defence, consisting of Tom Bromley, Simon Gibbons and Andy Collins, fought hard to keep the Brigg forwards from attacking, with some key saves coming from keeper Mat Thompson.
It was in the last 20 minutes of the match when Brigg were awarded a short corner and an unfortunate deflection saw the ball go into the Grimsby net, to open the scoring.
After this, Brigg found more momentum, which resulted in another four goals in the closing moments.
Despite the scoreline, the Grimsby defence played well throughout.
Unfortunately, the attacking line-up were unable to hit the mark, despite several goalscoring opportunities.
Kingston Upon Hull fourths are the opposition for the men's seconds following their 4-2 defeat to Slazengers thirds last weekend.
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