Sidmouth hockey men celebrate first point of season

After a poor performance last week against UWIC, Sidmouth looked for a much improved display against Bristol & West.

With their formation altered to improve defensive play and increase support for the man on the ball, Sidmouth started the game well.

The team defended together as a unit, which resulted in a well-contested match and both teams were limited to very few attempts on goal.

Bristol & West opened up the scoring, with a firm push from a penalty corner, and went on to score another.

But, 2-0 down, Sidmouth were still in the game, despite Charlie Plowden receiving a yellow card in a passionate exchange of words.

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With one man down Sidmouth were left to attack on the break, which they went on to profit from as a quick series of passes gave George Powell the opportunity to lift the ball smartly over the keeper with a reverse hit, making the score 2-1.

Sidmouth's second goal came late in the game from another decisive breakaway, Byron Fitzgerald showing all his pace, running onto a through ball and finishing with a firm hit into the corner of the goal.

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The Adrenalin Games Man of the Match this week was Jon Hill, earned by a series of good saves, most notably saving a shot onto the post in the final moments of the game.

PGSOB 4 – Sidmouth 0

With the first point of the season secured, Sidmouth hoped to carry form from their league game into their quarter final cup fixture against PGSOB.

With a bare 11 Sidmouth gave a spirited performance against a team continuously rolling subs.

Sidmouth were put under a lot of attacking pressure, but managed to defend well as a unit, the whole team working hard to close out attacks.

Despite eventually losing by four goals, Sidmouth showed good periods of possession, passing the ball around nicely and showing encouraging signs of progression.

Captain Ian Brown, however, may be slightly disappointed with his lack of discipline, which earned him his first yellow card.

Thanks go to Adrenalin Games for their generous sponsorship and kind support.

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