Neston team teach students a hockey lesson with big victory at ‘fortress Parkgate’ (From Wirral Globe)
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Neston team teach students a hockey lesson with big victory at ‘fortress Parkgate’
3:39pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
NESTON welcomed Liverpool University to the Parkgate fortress on a crisp October afternoon, writes Harry Bush.
Neston did not fall in to the comatose trap of previous weeks and started strongly.
With a large amount of possession and Neston's defensive set-up stronger, it was early on that Andy Knight won the ball and found Tom Smith who dispatched a reverse into the bottom right. 1-0.
Neston's Dorian Proudfoot was a great asset at right half and with a new full back partnership of Joe Roberts and Andy Heath the ball was secure at the back.
Neston showed patience and composure in their distribution which was lacking in previous weeks.
Despite the score being 1-0 at half time Neston deserved more from the game.
Neston's intensity and possession continued in the second half. An early penalty stroke was awarded but Smith sadly failed to convert.
Penalty Corner frustrations of recent matches were put to bed with Tom Smith redeeming himself and sending home a drag flick to put Neston 2-0 up.
The speed merchants of Glasman and Halfhead did a great job in outpacing and tiring the University side.
The third goal came in the form of a Phillip Connolly short corner strike.
Perhaps it was the pre-match Shankly confidence inspired quote from coach Aldred that secured Neston a 3-0 lead.
"Success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are".
With the Uni side tiring and frustration building, Neston's Smith found himself in a collision leading to both teams going down to 10 men for five minutes.
The fourth and final goal came from a slick McNeight and Knight short corner move that ended up with Andy Knight putting the ball in the net.
It was a pleasing performance and Neston gained a deserved three points which takes them to third in the league.
Next week they take on Stockport Bramhall at Bramhall Leisure Centre at 1.30pm.