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Mid-Somerset Hockey Club men's round-up: Tenacious 1st XI see off Robinsons

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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Mid-Somerset 1st XI 3, Robinsons B 2

A tenacious Mid-Somerset men’s 1st XI fought hard to take all three points from a stumbling Robinsons side as they continue their surge up the table.

Looking to build on the previous week’s win, Mids again took to the field in an attacking formation and were soon on the front foot, with slick link-up play from defence to attack.

A host of chances went begging before the calm skill of striker Jake Connock broke the deadlock, rounding the keeper and shooting home past the defence on the line.

Robinsons never looked out of the battle, though, and threatened the home goal throughout the half, with only the heroics of goalkeeper Josh Middleton keeping Mids ahead.

However, the away team finally broke through from a short corner, scoring with the final touch of the half to level the scores.

It was clear that neither side was going be content with a single point as both threw men forward straight after the break.

Robinsons changed formation to play a further man forward but this proved to be to Mids advantage as, after soaking up a period of pressure, they scored an excellent team goal which saw five of the home team swiftly linking up and striker Ben Rogers deftly touching past the keeper.

Mids thought they had put the game to bed when, a few minutes later, the ball fell to Will Mandil and he doubled the hosts’ lead.

Robinsons would not submit to defeat, though, and again were able to convert a short corner to get back into the game.

The home team defended heroically and Andy Rogers saved on the line to ensure victory.

The man of the match award was shared by James Oliver and Josh Middleton.

Westbury & UB D 0, Mid-Somerset A 9

Mid-Somerset A maintained their unbeaten record in fine style with an emphatic victory over mid-table Westbury & UB under floodlights in Bristol.

Having lost four of their senior players from the previous game, Mids were apprehensive of taking on an experienced Westbury side but the worries were quickly cast aside as the rampant visitors clocked up six goals in the first half.

The first of three goals from Tom Parnell gave Mids the lead after five minutes before captain and short corner specialist Cameron Dunn made it 2-0.

Dunn’s short corner was deflected in by Parnell for the third and Steve Dowden’s darting run was picked out by Ollie Smart to set up the next goal as Dowden sent the ball over the advancing keeper.

Smart turned from supplier to scorer when he slotted home the next two goals, the first a firecracker of a strike from the top of the D.

After the break, man of the match Parnell completed his hat-trick and Dowden had a simple finish to make it 8-0 after an unselfish pass from Christian Oliver.

The final goal came when Dowden pulled a good pass back for Richard Connock to fire home.

Mids remain top of West Central 2 ahead of a home match against Imperial on Saturday, a side who are climbing the division rapidly, with 23 goals in their last four games.

Mid-Somerset B 3, Bristol & West F 0

After a heavy defeat to Frys the previous weekend, Mid-Somerset B bounced back with a good 3-0 win at home to Bristol & West F.

The score does not show how close the encounter was, although Mids always had the edge.

After some good end-to-end hockey, Pete Oram scored from close range at the second attempt and, when a shot from Oram hit the bar, Caspar Brisdin followed up with a well-taken shot into the roof of the net to give Mids a 2-0 half-time lead.

In the second half, Bristol put the hosts under a lot of pressure, with much of the game being played in the Mids half, with only breakaways relieving the pressure.

One of these produced the final Mids goal as a good run, followed by an even better pass, allowed Gavin Patey to score from an angle.

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