The Men’s 2XI had a second consecutive away game this week, travelling to play Brooklands 2s. After a shock defeat away at bottom side York the previous week, the 2XI found themselves languishing in the doldrums of mid table – not a situation they are used to after spending the last three years at the top. It was always going to be a tough game, made no easier by the lack of a national league match for Brooklands 1XI.
In typical Lancashire rain, Brooklands started much the stronger team. They were playing expansive hockey and stretching the Leeds press, regularly moving to a three at the back to allow a wide overload. Leeds struggled to get on the ball and an aggressive high press by Brooklands made us look to force the long ball much more than usual.
Leeds looked to have weathered the early storm and were just beginning to get a foothold when Brooklands found space in the D and clinically took the lead in what was probably a fair reflection on the start of the game. Leeds fought back strongly, with the wide forwards creating problems on the counter. Lewis Perfitt and Sam Creemers both went close to finding the equaliser but Leeds seemed set to continue their recent struggles in front of goal. Finally they did get back on level terms from a short corner. An absolute rocket of a drag flick by Jack Fletcher hit the angle of crossbar and post before bouncing over the line before the keeper and defenders had time to blink.
Leeds finished the half the stronger side and went into the break confident that they had a chance of leaving Manchester with all three points.
Unfortunately that wasn’t to be. A cagey opening to the second half followed before Leeds inexplicably conceded two goals in five minutes down to individual errors at the back. The rest of the half then followed a familiar theme for the season, Leeds controlling large amounts of the ball but failing the break down a deep defence. With not long to go Brooklands struck the post from a short corner but Leeds did not heed the warning and ultimately the game was killed by a breakaway goal to make it 4-1 shortly after.
As has been the case in recent weeks, the score line flattered the opposition and Leeds were left to reflect on a much improved performance, but with no reward. With a series of tough games coming up Leeds need to learn some lessons very quickly and cut out the costly errors that have crept into their game or they could end up fighting at the wrong end of the table.
POTM: Billy Rudolph
Scorer: Jack Fletcher
A great start from the Men's 7 with the team quickly going 2-0 up in the first half. The first goal smashed in by Kallum Greenwood with the second goal coming from a well worked team goal with a first time hit scored by Andy Gula-Walker into top left corner. Very quickly one of the team injured their ankle but he decided to play on.
In the second half Thirsk came back strong pulling it back to 2-1. Towards the end of the game Thirsk managed to equalise. Unfortunately the Leeds sweeper took a serious injury to his back and could not Continue . The final whistle went whilst Thirsk were setting up for a penalty corner, which f they scored they win 3-2. Leeds defended the penalty corner to hold Thirsk off and pull the game to a two all draw.
POTM: Jamie Jackson
Captain Nathan Foxall said "The team works really hard tonight, it was a tough game and a two all draw was a fair result. Well played lads."