Received match reports:
The Women's 1XI travelled away to local rivals Ben Rhydding. In the opening exchanges BR were slightly on top however Leeds grew into the game and from the second quarter they dominated with goalkeeper Phoebe Menear having nothing to do!
Leeds kept winning ball and creating chances but didn’t have the composure to put the ball in the net!
Leeds finally got their reward for sustained pressure on the Ben Rhydding goal with Sarah Wood winning a penalty stroke at the start of the final quarter, converted by Lauren Ellwood.
Despite going 1-0 up Leeds started to lose their momentum and pressure started to mount on Phoebe Menear’s goal with Ben Rhydding managing to snatch two late goals.
A disappointing result, the team know they’ve outplayed their opposition in the past two games but are yet to get their rewards. Overall the team are well placed and will continue to work hard to turn on field domination into goals and ultimately points.
POTM: Jess Ferguson
The Women's 4XI hosted Brigg 4 at Becketts Park on Saturday, not knowing quite what to expect. The team stormed to victory 6-0 with a hat-trick from Megan, two goals from Ganni and one from junior Kim. This places us in third place in Yorkshire Division 3, only two points off the top spot, but slowing building up the goal difference.
POTM: Votes were distributed well across the team but Laura and Megan were voted joint winners this week.
The Men’s 1XI won 2-1 in a hard fought encounter with University of Nottingham.
Tom House scored a close range effort in the first half. Nottingham were able to equalise shortly after the start of the fourth quarter but Leeds quickly scored an excellent counter attack goal, Mark Pérez rounding the goalkeeper after an aerial from Tom Precious was bought down by Harry Lankfer, who eliminated and gave a perfect pass for Pérez to score.
The Men’s 2XI welcomed Neston to Weetwood as they looked to bounce back from successive defeats in North Hockey League Premier Division. It was always likely to be a tight, hard fought affair. Neston were promoted alongside Leeds last season and there was little to choose between the sides, a theme that would continue this season.
Leeds largely controlled the early proceedings, dictating possession as Neston allowed the defence to step out high up the pitch under little pressure, picking out passes into the excellent forward leads. Over the previous weeks, there had been a trend of Leeds controlling the game but failing to find the net before being hit with a sucker punch, and there was an underlying anxiety that the same may happen again. Luckily this wasn’t to be the case as Robbie Goldthorpe, one of our own, picked the ball up halfway through the Neston half. Roared on by the impressive Johnny G on the sidelines Robbie glided past a number of defenders before caressing a delicate strike into the far corner to put Leeds ahead 1-0.
Leeds could easily have doubled their lead after this with a number of squandered chances. The biggest fell to the grandfather of the team, Dean Edwards. Playing through a hamstring injury only due to lack of availability, Deano found himself clear through on goal but could only hit the keepers pad with a tame finish. Deano would later blame the miss on a particularly painful hamstring twinge as he went to strike. The rest of the squad weren’t convinced.
This let off briefly galvanised the opposition who enjoyed some possession in the Leeds half in the run up to half time. Despite Neston being masters of breaking down attacking play with fouls just outside their circle, it was Leeds that were punished for an innocuous stick tackle well outside the D that was immediately upgraded to a penalty corner. Luke Cosford brilliantly stopped the resulting flick on the line but unfortunately for him and Leeds the ball dropped straight to a Neston attacker’s open stick and he was able to tuck the ball into the net on the rebound. It felt a very harsh way to lose a goal but all of a sudden Neston were back in the game.
At the start of the second period Leeds managed the game far better than previous weeks and instead of the usual concession, they eventually retook the lead as Greg Cooke dribbled into the D and slotted the ball underneath the keeper to make it 2-1. The rest of the game was a scrappy affair, with the umpires becoming more and more keen to send off Leeds players for fairly minor misdemeanours. The perceived injustice seemed to fuel the desire to see the game out and that is exactly what Leeds did. The game ended with Leeds soaking up a lot of pressure and seeing very little of the ball but having managed to restrict the opposition to no real chances of note they were able to claim the victory.
Leeds now move into fourth in the table and only three point behind the early pace setters with a trip to bottom of the league City of York ahead next week.
POTM: Greg Cooke
Will Lander scoring against Ramgarhia
Matt Moss scoring against Ramgarhia
Andy Gula-Walker scoring against Leeds Adel 4.