Received Match Reports:
The Women's 1s hosted Olton and West Warwicks having played them only once before, a 4-0 loss in playoffs last season.
Olton started stronger and won a penalty stroke after a penalty corner, converted by Sally Walton.
Leeds grew into the game and started to apply lots of pressure winning multiple penalty corners but couldn’t find the goal to level the match.
After halftime Leeds came on stronger and dominated the 3rd quarter, playing some of the best hockey the team have produced with Fran Taylor in the Olton goal proving to be the difference.
In the final quarter Leeds finally got the breakthrough and scored through captain Katie Toogood from a penalty corner.
Leeds threw everything they had at Olton and had to call upon our own goalkeeper, Phoebe Menear, several times towards the end as Olton hit Leeds on the counter attack.
Coach Ollie Lumley said "We are disappointed not to take all three points but it is a sign of how far the team come over recent months"
Katie Toogood (Leeds) and Fran Taylor (Olton) with their wine presented by Gawaine Hogg, LHC Director of Hockey.
The tough start for the Women's 3XI continues with a 1-2 loss to University of Leeds 3XI. There were many more positive signs this weekend with the team having much of the play and having won 11 short corners, but scoring none. Women's Club Captain and 3s player Hannah Kyle said "We know what we will be working on at training this Thursday".
It was a strangely difficult and unconventional game but great result, the team showed their ruthless side and well deserved top of the table standing.
POTM: Once again, most of the team got one vote with two players getting two votes. Great team effort
The Men’s 2XI travelled up to the North East to take on Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 1XI. Having started the season well with two wins from two, the team were looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at home to local rivals Ben Rhydding.
It was a youthful side that made the trip north, with elder statesman Dean Edwards failing to recover in time from a hamstring strain to make the trip. Further injuries to Alex Hayes and Will Means meant that debuts were handed to a number of new players.
The expected unfamiliarity showed in the opening exchanges, with Leeds struggling to work the ball out of their own half. They eventually succumbed to the high pressure and aggressive Tynemouth press, losing a man to a harsh green card and immediately going a goal down after the first ten minutes. However, a slight tactical shift saw Leeds take control of the game as the half progressed with Tynemouth struggling to respond. The equaliser was not long coming, with George Godwin collecting a rebound from his own effort on goal to lift the ball into the net from close range. Leeds continued to dominate the half and should have been 2-1 up on the stroke of half time when a square ball across goal was put wide less than a yard from the goal line.
For the second week in a row, Leeds were punished for their lack of conviction in front of goal within minutes of the second half restart. A mis hit reverse stick shot from the top of the D wrong-footed the keeper and trickled agonisingly over the line. Within minutes Tynemouth struck again to leave Leeds trailing 3-1 with a lot of work to do.
Leeds again wrestled back the initiative. Debutant Lewis Perfitt went close with a magnificent run across the pitch, hitting a well struck reverse inches wide of the far post with the keeper beaten. This was followed up shortly after when a well worked short corner was deflected just over the bar, and minutes later Leeds thought they had the ball over line only to be denied by some heroic Tynemouth defending on the goal line with the Leeds bench already beginning to celebrate.
As Leeds pushed to get back into it, the game was all but ended with a breakaway goal for Tynemouth. Two unmarked men on the back post had time and space to slot away a good through ball. Leeds did eventually get a goal back through a tidy finish by Sam Creemers but it was always going to be too little too late against a well organised opposition.
It was a bitter defeat to take having controlled the game for long periods, particularly for captain Sam Mawer who was returning to his former club for the first time in a competitive fixture. There were a lot of positives taken from the performance of a very new and young team, but there are some important game management lessons to be quickly learnt if the 2XI are to achieve their goals this season.
Goals: George Godwin & Sam Creemers
POTM: Josh Bell
Men's 4 taking a penalty corner against Harrogate 3.
Great to see five U17s (current and former juniors) playing for the Leeds Men's 5s at the weekend in the Yorkshire Premier Division.
A hard fought game ended in a 1-0 loss to Sheffield University Bankers 3's who were demoted from the league above last season.
Juniors Coach Jon Utley said "It is particularly pleasing to see senior players having the confidence to give an U14 goalkeeper his debut at this level. On a wider note many junior players are being given opportunities at the senior level from the Men's 1s down to the mighty Men's 8's"
A positive start from the team, going 1-0 up in the first minute with a second goal following 30 seconds later. After settling into the game, Slazengers ended up coming back and pushing Leeds into trouble. With substitutions jumping on the field a little too early, captain Nathan Foxall was shown a green card. Slazengers capitalised on their one man advantage winning a series of penalty corners which the Leeds defenders relentlessly defended. Slazengers were able to capitalise on a couple.
After half-time Slazengers fought hard to bring the game back to a 4-4 draw, when Leeds lost two players, Nathan Foxall and James Hogarth, for not being 5 m. In the last 20 seconds. Midfielder Tom Sheard managed to put away a beautiful goal from a penalty corner giving Leeds the 5-4 victory they so deserved.
Captain Nathan Foxall said "The team is elated with today's result and they celebrated with a baked potato and a well earned pint"
POTM: Andy Gula-Walker, Steve Parker, Tom Sheard and Jamie Jackson all with two votes each.
The 8's travelled to Scarborough's alternative venue at Pickering hoping to bounce back from their loss against City of York, however before the game had even started the 8's had to overcome traffic caused by the Pickering 1940's Wartime Weekend.
Both team started strongly but Leeds were the first to break the deadlock with Toby Green scoring after some good link up play with Abdul Siddiq & Dan Walker to be one-on-one with the keeper to get his first of the game. Toby quickly extended the lead to 2-0 after scoring from a penalty corner.
Scarborough pulled a goal back after getting a goal on the counter to make it 2-1.
Leeds were able to react to make it 3-1 where Toby Green scored his third of the game scoring from open play as a result of a counter attack. Chris Devine made it 4-1 scoring from a penalty corner with his first goal of the season. Toby got his fourth of the game from a penalty corner where the ball was injected to him at left slip to slot the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. This made it 5-1 to Leeds at half time.
Leeds started the 2nd half strongly before a green card to Gary Wilson-Poe caused confusion on the bench and which led to Leeds having too many players on the pitch which. This earned captain Chris Devine a yellow card, the first card of his hockey career. Leeds not learning from their inability to count for how many players should be on the pitch, again had one too many players on the pitch which led to vice-captain Oli Graham also receiving a yellow leaving Leeds with nine players on the pitch. Despite the two player deficit, Leeds were able to absorb the pressure that Scarborough were putting on them until they were back to 11 players on the pitch.
Scarborough thought they were back in the game when they were awarded a penalty stroke after an intentional foul within the D by Toby Green (but thankfully no card) after a succession of Scarborough penalty corners. Their stroke hit the post but keeper Jon Jackson moved before the whistle had been blown which meant another stroke was awarded. Upon taking the second stroke, Jon Jackson made a great save to keep the score at 5-1. Scarborough eventually got a goal back through open play to make it 5-2.
Leeds piled on the pressure to try and extend their lead and they got what they had worked for when Oli Graham scored the sixth goal from a penalty stroke which was awarded after Chris Devine's shot from a penalty corner hit a Scarborough foot which prevented an almost certain second goal of the game for Chris.
Captain Chris Devine said "This was the kind of result we wanted after last week's disappointing result. It's something to build on for next week, we just need to learn how to count..."
POTM: Jon Jackson and Toby Green with seven votes each
Oli Graham channelling the training from Men's 8 coach Kim Harvey to jab the ball away from Scarborough HC's No. 42. (Photo Credit: Scarborough Hockey Club)