Hockey
Olton fall to strugglers

By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:23

Olton and West Warks 1 Doncaster 4

EHA Northern Conference

OLTON would have been hoping to end their 2012 fixtures with three points as they hosted bottom of the table Doncaster on Saturday, but it was not to be.

The visitors took the lead early on with a rather fortunate penalty corner where a Doncaster player looked to have fouled one of Olton defenders but it was not spotted by the officials and the ball found its way into the bottom corner.

Olton did not seem fazed at falling behind and they went on to dominate the majority of the first half in terms of possession and territory but they were unable to convert any of the three penalty corners which they won.

The Ostriches were then made to pay as the away side caught them on the break twice to go in 3-0 ahead at half time, very much against the run of play.

Olon began the second half as they had finished the first, dominating possession and territory, and they finally managed to claw a goal back through a well worked penalty corner with Martin Webb the man to apply the finishing touch.

The hosts continued to push for more goals to try and get back into the contest but once again were left to rue missed opportunities and then conceded on the break to fall 4-1 behind.

It was a frustrating end to the year and first half of the season for Olton as in their last two games they have played some good hockey, only to come away with no points. The mid-season break provides a good time for the team to work on key areas which will hopefully bear fruit in 2013.

A BATTLING performance from the Ladies was not enough to stop them from falling to a 4-2 Investec Premier Division defeat at Surbiton Ladies.

In a tight first half, Olton got their noses ahead in the 27th minute when Kerry Thompson-Moors scored from a penalty corner with what proved to be the only goal of the half.

Surbiton levelled two minutes into the second half and were ahead three minutes later.

There were 17 minutes left when Olton equalised through Emma McCabe but the hosts retook the lead a minute later when awarded a penalty stroke for a foot on the goal line.

Olton fought on and had their chances to equalise but were thwarted by another penalty stroke with two minutes to go.

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