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By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 27 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:23
Old Silhillians 4 Sikh Union (Coventry) 3
MRHA West Midlands Premier
JAMIE Glynn's hat-trick helped Sils secure a hard fought success against Sikh Union on Saturday as they moved up to ninth place in the table.
In far from ideal conditions, Sils made the brighter start and went 1-0 ahead when Glynn netted from a short corner but the visitors got themselves back on terms with the help of a deflection.
Boosted by the goal, Sikh Union went on to score again before the break to give themselves a 2-1 interval lead.
Things went from bad to worse for Sils at the start of the second half as the lead was stretched to 3-1 from a short corner but that only proved the signal for the hosts to launch a superb fightback.
Good defensive work from man of the match Chris Ready allowed Sils to spend a sustained period of time in the Sikh Union half and they were rewarded when Andy McIlwraith scored after good work from captain James Clapham.
Now playing with renewed belief, Sils battled to get back on level terms and they did so with ten minutes remaining when Glynn scored from a short corner for the second time in the contest.
Sils were the only side in it in the closing stages and their task was made slightly easier when Sikh Union lost a player to the sin-bin.
The hosts made the most of their man advantage in the closing stages when Glynn completed a hat-trick of short corner strikes to ensure all three points remained in Solihull.
THE Ladies fell to an unfortunate 2-1 defeat against Nuneaton in the second round of the England Hockey Investec Vase on Sunday despite producing a battling performance against their physically bigger and more experienced visitors.
Playing a double-header the previous weekend seemed to take its toll on Sils as they were without seven regulars through injury or unavailability and as a result the new look team had an average age of just 17 with a number of players having to play out of position.
Sils made a bright start despite their problems and attacked with confidence although they could not make it pay.
Nuneaton's captain showed the importance of being clinical when making it 1-0 from a penalty corner but going behind only seemed to spur Sils into life and the speed of their youngsters in attack began to put Nuneaton on the back foot.
Alex Levey, Cerys Middleton, Sophie Price and Issie Thomas were working tirelessly in attack and it soon paid dividends when they won a penalty corner from which captain Kat Berns made it 1-1.
Sils continued their quick build-up play in the second half and as the pressure continued to build Nuneaton were reduced to ten players for illegally breaking down play.
After a number of penalty corner chances went begging for Sils they would have fancied their chances better when awarded a penalty stroke but Nuneaton's keeper made a good save to keep it 1-1.
That save gave Nuneaton confidence and they ventured forward to score a deflected goal and secure a lead they would not concede again.
Sils threw everything at Nuneaton in the closing stages to try and force a second equaliser but despite the best efforts of Georgie Jones and player of the match Anna Trenchard, the second goal would not come.
THE MAYOR of Solihull, Coun Ken Hawkins, was
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