The Men’s 8XI assembled at Weetwood for their first game of the season hoping to get off to a good start with a short trip to Ben Rhydding however it wouldn’t be an 8XI away day without some form of issue en route. This week it was a result of one player (who was giving the goalkeeper a lift) being late after needing to get a new tyre. This resulted with captain Chris Devine having to reshuffle the starting line up to start the match with 11 outfield players and hope that keeper Jon Jackson would arrive sooner rather than later.
Despite this set back, the team started off positively, keeping the ball from the opposition and playing some lovely passing hockey that led to Tom Broderick making it 1-0 with a short range finish.
After 10 minutes, Leeds were back to a normal formation with a keeper allowing the team to move to the initial starting formation. Kallum Greenwood scored a quick fire double with his first goal of the game coming from a penalty corner and then his second from an attacking phase of free play. Matthew Rooney made it 4-0 after scoring with a tap in on the post from the left wing. Tom Broderick got his second goal of the game with another finish from close range to make it 5-0 at half time.
Leeds started the second half as they did the first, by getting an early goal. This time it was from a short corner where a shot from Kallum Greenwood hit a Ben Rhydding player’s stick to be deflected into the goal.
Dan Smith extended the lead to 7 after a solo run from centre midfield to the top of the D where his shot went straight into the bottom corner of the goal.
Kallum Greenwood made it onto the score sheet for the fourth and final time to make it 8-0, scoring from a reverse stick before having to leave the game early.
James Burnett scored with a sweeping shot from the top of the D after some fine build up play from the right wing by Tom Broderick and Matthew Rooney.
Captain Chris Devine made it 10-0, scoring from a rebound off a penalty corner, leading to an accusation of the captain stealing a goal came from his own team.
A rusty midfield didn’t quite retreat to the requisite 5 m giving away a penalty corner which Ben Rhydding were able to convert into their first goal of the game, making it 10-1.
After many attempts, forward Ewan Clarke got the last goal of the game making it 11-1 with a finish from short range.
MOTM – Matthew Rooney
DOTD – Phil Price
Photos by Khuram Khan and Harriet Batty
Photos from the Men’s 1XI, Men’s 3XI and Men’s 5XI games can be found in the photo library.