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Mens 4th XI - Match centre

Sutton Coldfield 4
Edgbaston 5
Sat 17 Nov 13:30 - MRHA Midland Men's Open Hockey League - T3: South West 2 Full time

The 4s continue with a 4-0 victory

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Edgbaston 5s ship four in a tight contest

The difference on the day was the lack of man-in-pads for Edgbaston who failed to get the requisite league permission to double up goal keepers on the day and were forced to play the game with a kicking back. Sutton scored four times, with the likely reality that none of the goals scored would have gone in with a keeper between the posts. Having said that, the game would have been different and opportunities would have been different in the sliding doors...
Playing with eleven outfield, Edgbaston played a disciplined marking game and the extra player more often than not blocked the route through to allow Sutton to really put pressure on the Edgbaston D but the deadlock was eventually broken when a change of angle from a quickly taken free hit resulted in confusion and a deflection that fell to skipper Harding a couple of meters out. The skipper gleefully tapped the ball home with much relief all-round. Despite surges from midfield, notably by Mark James, Sutton couldn't double their tally with the Edgbaston kicking back demonstrating bravery and composure.
Half time came with Edgbaston growing in confidence and they started the second half in a similar manner. Sutton weathered the storm and set about playing quick passing hockey to negate the extra outfield player. Finally the reward came with the ball breaking following a mix up and Tom Eustace ran on to a free ball to push it into the empty net. This appeared to break Edgbaston's resolve and two more goals followed for the Sutton through Richard Thomas and a second for the Captain who was quickly fed at the top of the D following an intercept - a touch was all it needed with no net minder present.

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League round up

Other T3: South West 2 results

Edgbaston 4
4
2
Harborne 5
Redditch 3
2
8
5
0
Barford Tigers 4

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sutton Coldfield 4 21 48
2. Worcester 4 21 26
3. Bromsgrove 3 21 26
4. Edgbaston 4 9 24
5. Edgbaston 5 8 19
6. Worcester 5 21 17
7. Bridgnorth 3 7 16

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