Seasiders held to a draw by Robinsons

Hockey Westonv Robinsons.

Hockey Westonv Robinsons. - Credit: Archant

League leaders Weston were held to a draw by visitors Robinsons.



LEAGUE leaders Weston entertained Robinsons hoping to continue their fine start to the season.

Missing key players Kearsey, Brees and top scorer Hancock, Weston brought in Roy Beer to lead the line and Gareth Hawkes and James Baker made long-awaited returns to Weston colours.

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Robinsons pressed from the first whistle, but the Weston defence of CJ Neate, Kyle Sully, James Hector and Baker dealt with everything comfortably and Mercedes Benz man of the match Chris Bryant continued his fine form in the home goal.

The Weston midfield of Dave Beer and Sam Neate worked hard to find wingers Rich Heal, Hawkes and Turner, who in turn looked to find Beer on numerous occasions but the visiting goalkeeper was having a good game.

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Weston went into the half-time break with the deadlock unbroken. Blythe made changes at the break and Sully was pushed into a more attacking role and Curt Watkins and Chris Etchells began to see more of the ball.

Good work from Watkins resulted in a short corner from which Sam Neate was unfortunate to see his flick cannon off the crossbar. Continued pressing from the impressive Hawkes saw Rich Heal gain possession in the D, beat his man and coolly fired home on his reverse stick to give the home side the lead.

Sam Neate was sent to the sin bin and left Weston under severe pressure with 10 men and the visiting team gained their reward with three minutes to go as the Robinson’s striker was found unmarked at the back post to fire past the unfortunate Bryant for a share of the spoils.

Weston remain top of West Central One on goal difference after second-placed Bristol University could only manage a 4-3 victory over Old Bristolians.

Weston travel to third-placed Mendip hoping to get back to winning ways.

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