HOCKEY: Scrappy start ends in victory for Neston

A GAME of two halves saw Neston claim a well deserved victory, writes Harry Bush.

A scrappy start from both sides meant end to end hockey, lots of turnovers and unpleasant viewing from the pavilion.

There were a few chances early on from the young Parkgate side but the majority of attacks came to no avail. Richard Lowry was on form throughout the first half and prevented Bebington from getting on the score sheet.

Coach Aldred's half time team talk focused around composure and relaxing on the ball, something Neston lacked in the first 35 minutes.

The game was still tight after 15 minutes into the second half with Bebington determined to get something from the match.

A short corner allowed Neston to find a foot on the goal line and Harry Bush converted the penalty stroke to put Neston on the scoresheet.

Steven Halfhead then slotted a drag flick home high and left from a short corner to make it 2-0.

With confidence building and Bebington tiring there was another well worked team goal with Tom Smith putting the ball over the line. 3-0.

Ash Davis continued his job of poaching upfront, stealing the ball from a Bebington defender and flicking the ball past the keeper to make it 4-0.

To conclude Phil Connolley stepped up for a short corner strike and found Ollie Mills on the far post for a deflection. 5-0.

A confident second half performance allowed Neston to claim three more points, keeping them second in the league.

Winnington Park travel to Parkgate next Saturday for the final league game before the Christmas break.

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