Hillcroft (1-1) 4 v 7 Blues
Oct. 8, 2011
Hillcroft 4 v 7 Blues
Quarter 1: 1 - 2
Quarter 2: 2 - 2
Quarter 3: 0 - 0
Quarter 4: 1 - 3
Duncs Trenholme (1,1)
Kyle Zahrybelny (1,0)
James Aris (1,0)
Alex Twiss (1,0)
Alex Langton (0,1)
Saves: Tom Riddlestone 11 (0.588)
From englishlacrosse.co.uk -
A tense battle at Haydons Road as the Champions took on a free-scoring Hillcroft. Talisman Matt Bagley was in the States at a family wedding and the early honours went to the home team, piling on the pressure as the Blues defence struggled to find its feet. But the barking orders of Andy Behles got the troops in order and Blues started to get into the game.
The tension of the occasion meant multiple turnovers and rushed scoring chances with no clear game pattern emerging.
It took an opportunistic solo goal from Pete Ross to break the deadlock in the closing minutes of the first quarter. He reacted fastest to an off-side infringement to blaze to the goal and slot home.
Dave Howie made it two but a slick passing move found Alex Twiss #79 (1,0) who scored with a crisp shot. Duncan Trenholme #9 (1,1) then leveled it.
Matt Birkett was in fine form again at the face but there was little to choose between the teams with Scott Stirling scoring for Blues and Kyle Zahrybelny #26 (1,0) for the home team but a goal-less third quarter made it anyone’s game at 4-3.
Zak Jordan #18 was influential directing plays as Hillcroft worked tirelessly to break-down the Blues. Alex Langton’s intelligent feeds also created regular danger but Blues held firm and were lightning going forward through Tom Fewson, Howie and Birkett.
Up front, the movement of James Kidd was a constant menace and Tom Riddlestone for Hillcroft was probably the busier of the keepers.
The crucial play came as Zahrybelny hit the pipe after a well-worked move but Blues took it straight back up for Howie to net and create an effective two-goal moment. 4-4 would have made it very interesting.
Riddlestone #44 with 10 saves (0.588) did well to block two shots and keep the game alive but canny possession from the champs ran down the clock as Eoin Dunn and Kidd made the game safe with three minutes to go.
Hillcroft never stopped creating chances and got one back through James Aris #8 (1,0) in the dying seconds.
Hillcroft are next in action next Saturday the 15th Oct at home to the orange of Hitchin.
MvP: Duncs Trenholme
D*ck of the day: Aaron Fox