Late goals sink nine-man Weston
PUBLISHED: 10:03 02 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:57 24 May 2010
WESTON travelled to newly promoted Cardiff Uni for the opening league game of the Gerrard Hockey Premier 2 Division. Weston were missing two regular starters, but
Cardiff University 3 Weston 2WESTON travelled to newly promoted Cardiff Uni for the opening league game of the Gerrard Hockey Premier 2 Division. Weston were missing two regular starters, but Mike Craig made his first start of the season coming in at sweeper. Weston's start to the game was exactly what skipper Duncan Long had asked for as they matched the students for pace and maintained possession of the ball for long periods. The students found themselves under pressure which resulted in an opening penalty corner for Weston. Matt Bearsby's shot was saved, but Martyn Hind was sharp enough to be on hand to sweep the ball over the line to put Weston ahead.Cardiff showed why they only lost twice last season and upped the pace to put Weston under pressure. Craig had the defence well organised and they defended well until a lapse in concentration gave Cardiff a penalty corner which was well kept out by keeper Roy Beer. Cardiff maintained possession and as the Weston defence tired they managed to find more space and pressure resulted in a powerful shot that was excellently saved by Beer only for the rebound to be converted by the Cardiff attacker to put them level. Matt Watkins was introduced for the remainder of the first half to make his league debut and he performed well on the left of midfield. Watkins' good link play with Bearsby resulted in another Weston penalty corner. Bearsby's shot was deflected in by Adrian Hart only for the umpire to disallow the goal.Weston started the second half well and Ben McConkey worked hard in midfield to maintain possession. Simon Price, James Grant and Hart began to combine well down the right and Weston's pressure won them a penalty corner. Long stepped up to convert and put Weston in the lead. The students' superior fitness soon began to show but fortunately man of the match Craig was often on hand to break up the attacks. A harshly awarded penalty corner gave Cardiff the chance to draw level which they converted.Weston's determination was excellent and they were unfortunate not to regain the lead as again Hart had a goal disallowed following a powerful cross shot from McConkey.Within a period of five minutes Weston were reduced to nine men as Dave Beer was sin binned for a deliberate foul and Tom Dennis followed shortly afterwards for dissent. This enabled Cardiff to take the lead and hold on for the win. Dennis, for the second week running, was awarded Anchor of the match.