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Hockey: Shrimps grind out victory
IN the words of Bille Jean King "Champions keep playing until they get it right".
It is far too early on in the season to start thinking of being champions, but Neston showed on Saturday the grind required in order to succeed this year.
It was by no means a pretty display of hockey on Welsh soil, but there were glimpses of what the Shrimps are capable of when firing on all cylinders.
There were less than 20 seconds on the clock before Neston played the ball to Northop Hall's left-winger.
A string of passes later and Neston found themselves 1-0 down. In spite of the early goal, Neston eventually found rhythm and were moving the Northop Hall players around the park.
With consistent distribution from Hennell-Neally and Heath the game was stretched leading to balls from Connolly, Proudfoot, Newall and Smith flying across the face of goal to no avail.
As the ball did the work for Neston the gaps opened up leading to chances for Redhead, Mills and McNeight in front of goal.
It was only a matter of time before Neston made their own luck in the form of Andrew Knight.
Knight who tackled the Northop defender drove into space, planned his attack and unleashed a tomahawk on to the crossbar and into the net. 1-1.
At half-time Neston’s new coach Andy Aldred went back to basics and highlighted how simple passing and not turning the ball over would lead to victory.
From the amount of possession and attacking chances Neston should have been well ahead in the game.
Penalty corners were sharper than the previous week with Tom Smith back in the frame, however Neston could not find the goal. Steven Halfhead put in a man-of-the-match worthy performance fighting for every ball and looking dynamic in attack.
With time passing by in the second half, Neston had to capitalise on their relentless possession.
A well-worked team move lead to Neston going ahead in the game.
Hennel-Neally finding the midfield of Harry Bush, Tom Smith & Pete Glasman who allowed Aled Jarvis to descend into the dee and Lawrence Mcneight land Neston with a goal. 2-1.
The final whistle blew and Neston go into fourth position in the league after three games.
Plenty to work on in training for next Saturday as Neston take on University of Liverpool at Parkgate, 1.30pm pushback.
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