Weston start the season in emphatic style

PUBLISHED: 17:42 03 October 2017

Nathan Hancock.

Nathan Hancock.

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Weston Hockey Club started the new season in fine style, defeating visitors Bristol University 8-2 at Priory.

Weston welcomed Bristol University to Priory for their first game of the season and came out on top 8-2.

The home side started brightly and it did not take long for Weston to take the lead, after a slick passing move, Hancock flicked the ball high into the net.

It was quickly two as the forward pair of Hancock and S Neate combined to leave the latter a tap in, before the roles reversed and Hancock tapped in from a couple of yards to make it 3-0.

The away side gave themselves some hope with a goal, but Weston responded with Sully finding Hancock in the D who finished on his reverse.

The students sat back and relied on using their pace on the counter, but the back four of Mount, C Neate, Cunningham and Ninnis were on top form all making key tackles. On the odd occasion they evaded the defence captain Canter came to the rescue.

The home side started the second half well, as they had the first. Sully’s excellent short corner strike was stopped by a foot on the line, Hancock stepped up to despatch the flick before adding another shortly after.

Beer used his experience to frustrate the students, with Bryant, Etchelles and Sully all putting in massive shifts. Hancock added a two further goals, before Bristol scored a consolation late on.

The Curry Gardens man of the match went to Mount, with DoD going to Ninnis. Weston travel to Chippenham on Saturday looking to continue a positive start to the season.

Weston A travelled to Keynsham fielding three new 14-year-olds in their squad who have been promoted from the youth set up and were making their league debuts, alongside two other debutants.

Returning player Chris Bartlett formed a good partnership with James Leeks at the back and excellent goalkeeping from Jacob Hole in goal kept Weston in the game and when Weston did break Thorne, Pitt and Ashby were looking quick and dangerous up front.

Keynsham were first to strike when a short corner found its way just inside the post midway through the first half. Weston reacted well and the two new young wingers James Nicholls and Connor Mobsby were proving a handful for the home defence.

A good run from Nicholls earnt Weston their own short corner and Thorne managed to evade the three defenders charging at him to level the scores, but Keynsham took the lead just before the break with a penalty flick.

In the second half, Ashby was proving a handful up front and his runs opened up space for the Weston midfield to create some good chances. Mobsby beat three defenders and drove into the D and his cross was deflected across the goal where Ashby finished well at the back post.

Keynsham threw everything they had at the Weston defence as the game progressed, but Westcott, Stout, Leeks and Bartlett held firm with Hole making a string of excellent saves to keep the scores level as the game finished.

The Curry Gardens man of the match was Jacob Hole.

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