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HOCKEY: Neston deny Liverpool Sefton the points
2:15pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
NESTON South Wirral secure another three points at fortress Parkgate.
Neston continued their winning streak and bagged three more points against Liverpool Sefton.
Neston started sharper than previous weeks and were unlucky not to have gone ahead early on, writes Harry Bush.
Even with the Parkgate side giving the ball away cheaply the defensive stronghold of Dorian Proudfoot, Phil Connolly, Joe Roberts & Andy Heath denied the Liverpool side of any decent chances.
Neston found space with Andy Knight and Tom Roberts connecting well and won themselves a short corner.
After a melee in front of goal the ball popped up to Proudfoot who made no mistake in finding the goal. 1-0.
Not long after Proudfoot's pivotal goal Neston won another short corner and converted in the form of a Tom Smith drag flick. 2-0.
The tempo lifted in the second half and Neston could have scored two in the first four minutes with great interlinking play across the pitch between Matty Newall and the forward line.
A collective lapse in concentration from the midfield lead to Liverpool Sefton deflecting the ball into an unmarked player in the circle and the attacker put the ball into the bottom right. 2-1.
Despite the goal Neston continued their process and looked sharp on the counter attack.
This patience lead to a well worked team move leaving Ollie Mills to deflect the ball into the goal. 3-1.
Neston made it 4-1 with a short corner reverse rebound from Tom Smith.
Numerous attacks followed and Neston should have put more past the Liverpool Sefton keeper.
The final goal came after some hunting and gathering from Harry Bush who connected with Jack Redhead who drove hard into the Liverpool 25-metre area.
Redhead then gave the ball back to Bush on the far post who (eventually) put the ball in the open goal. 5-1.
A solid performance from Neston South Wirral with room for even more improvement before they take on Winnington Park away next week.
Luke Weller and Connor Boothroyd both played well on their debuts. With the Second XI also winning 9-2 the strength and depth of the squad at Neston is very encouraging.
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