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Mens 4th XI - Match centre

Sutton Coldfield 4
Redditch 3
Sat 19 Jan 12:00 - MRHA Midland Men's Open Hockey League - T3: South West 2 Full time

Redditch hit for Six

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Sutton dominate against bottom of the table

Following on from a 0-0 result against top of the table last week, Sutton 4s comfortably beat the bottom placed side despite the visitors taking an early lead.
Sutton approached the game with only three recognised defenders and set up accordingly in what would be an all out attacking approach. Initially the hosts appeared to struggle but soon after conceding they settled into a pattern which saw sharp passing and intelligent running dominate the opposition. Goals however didn’t immediately follow but the approach play from Moss, Dickinson, Alcock and Hubbold, directed by the impressive Mark James, promised great things. It was from one such interchange that Sutton drew back level with Eustace being fed and the balled was slipped past the Redditch net minder. Dan George on the right started to dominate play, causing the opposition’s left back no end of difficulties and Sutton went further ahead with Eustace doubling his tally with a sweet strike from the top of the D. Sutton could have gone further ahead but Hubbold was denied by the post following an outstanding reverse stick strike.
What was impressive was the control Sutton showed with ball retention as a team excellent. The transfer across the back by father and son Cliff and Zak Marshall, along with Cave was both accurate and with good ball pace, and it was from here that Sutton launched wave after wave of attack. Redditch simply had no answer and finally the skipper Harding got in on the act deflecting an Alcock reverse stick cross past the hapless keeper. Harding then added Sutton’s fourth with another deflection before the man in the pads took exception to another Harding effort, deciding to forget the ball and take the striker out instead. The result was a penalty flick - not the correct decision by all accounts - and somehow the keeper remained on the pitch, but Alcock dispatched the award without issue. Finally it was time for the every willing Thomas to finish the scoring, slotting the ball into the far corner of the net.
This was a satisfying and impressive display but the best bit will be to see if the team can reproduce this form next week away to Worcester.

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Other T3: South West 2 results

Barford Tigers 4
Edgbaston 5
Harborne 5
Harborne 4
Edgbaston 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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