Kettering 2 25/11/17

Wellingborough Hockey Club Men's 1st XI proudly sponsored by prop took on the league leaders Kettering 2s in a top of the table clash, Wellingborough feeling confident off the back of a good run of results and the only undefeated record in the league started brightly moving the ball confidently from defence to attack with style and finesse, despite good work up front from Matt 'Bickers' Bicknell and Matt Marriott supported by the attacking midfield of Max Billson, Steve Keal-Frayne and Dan Hill Wellingborough were finding it hard to Break down a well organise Kettering defence.

The first goal came for 'borough in the form of a well worked short corner, after an accurate injection from Captain Simon Morrissey and precision stop from Luke Oakley,  Marriott showed his class dancing round the Kettering short corner team to slot the ball passed a helpless keeper. 'Boroughs 2nd was straight of the training ground, the ball was moved round the back left to right through Paul Smith, Oakley and Dave Langley who picked out Andrew O'Rourke on the right, O'Rourke travelled forward with the ball beating numerous players before unleashing a rocket to the far post, Bickers making an intelligent run to lose he's marker popped up in front of the Kettering keeper to calmly deflect the cross into the corner.This capped a quality half from Wellingborough with keeper John Bishop not having to make a save of note and Jose Dos Santos probing tirelessly up the left hand side.

The second half started as 'Borough expected with Kettering coming out strong and taking the game to them, good defending and midfield play from Billson, Morrissey and Oakley kept them at bay and keeper Bishop still having very little to do, Kettering's best chance of the game come with about 10 minutes to go with the shot being fired in and saved by Bishop for a heart stopping moment the ball squeezed under his body and trickled towards the line, like a cat Bishops swept round to clear the ball away from the Kettering forward who was poised to get them back in the game.

After this slight scare Wellingborough regrouped and held the ball for the remainder of the game, bickers completed a the scoring with a deft touch again at the far post to take his tally for the season to a just under a goal a game 9 from 10

Special mention to O'Rourke for his man of the match performance and for Bradley 'the Gaffer' Ferris for DoD for yet again failing to provide the water bottles.


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