First week back at hockey, with Covid restricting Bradford Hockey Club to having to look at alternative options to toilets meant we had to rearrange our games to be away fixtures. We would like to thank those clubs for helping us out by allowing us to travel to their venues!

1st team won 3-2 away

2nd team won 3-2 away

3rd team won 3-1 away

1st team Ladies drew 1-1 away

First Team Men’s Report

Whitley Bay HC 2-3 Bradford HC
An eventful 246 mile round trip, £3.60 contribution to the Tyne Tunnel funds and Leakey  having a positive masked conversation with the old bill made for a great day up in the North East.
So to the game and having played well and won comfortably in the two warm up games against Ben Rhydding and Wilmslow this was a different task. From the start Whitley Bay pressed high and gave Bradford little to no time to settle on the ball or get into any kind of rhythm.
However swift transfer of the ball from the right to the left starting with Leakey to Thomas to Guy to Oliver who then in one superb sweep of the ball down the left edge to Matt cutting the Whitley Bay side apart and neat ball into Bilal and a reverse stick pass to James out wide opened the scoring.
Great use of the bench from Danny rotating players gave Bradford an extra edge and Jacob came on to add extra zest to the defense and also in attack probing down the right and the second goal soon came with Max finishing neatly.

Whitley Bay settled again and pressed, resulting in a swift reply however great work again this time in the middle from G, Charlie and Bilal and Isaac led to Jordan finding space to force a penalty corner and from this Charlie slotted home.
2-3 at half time and that’s how the game finished, with Danny commanding in goal taking control of the ‘D’ and even had time to have several deep discussions with the umpire. Bradford saw the game out and 3 points in the bag.
A great performance, described by the two Bradford supporters on the hill as absorbing, pulsating, fast and furious (and that was just in reference to Danny and Richard on the sidelines)
All players outstanding.
Thank you to Del for umpiring – never an easy job but gets a 10/10 from me.
Roll on Leeds Adel next week.

Second Team Men’s Reports

BHC 2s travelled the long distance to Slazenger hockey club on Saturday without any friendly matches before hand to shake off the rust and embed new junior players into the seconds style of play. Having gone from being a title challenging team year on year to a fairly difficult season last season the giant step up from division three to one showed just how much harder it would be for the team and so for the first time in over a decade the senior members of the club have been attending training and spells of the game showed that the benefit was starting to be realised (even if only a little).

Bradford started the game the quicker of the two teams settling in and building up play relatively well. Winning the first of four short corners inside five minutes with Richard Harpin receiving the short and placing it in the bottom right corner of the goal.

The game remained close with both teams battling it out in the middle of the pitch more than anywhere else with some solid defending and releases from the back particularly from Harman Sandhu and Dave Carter.

A momentary lapse at the back for Bradford allowed Slazenger to creep in and pull level closely with ten minutes of the half remaining closely followed by a Slazenger second not long after Mark ‘Magnus’ Backhouse had deflected a goal bound Slazenger chance around the post for a short corner. Just before the half was up Bradford found themselves attacking again and the ball fell across the D to Ben Chapman waiting to take his opportunity and finish the half 2-2.

The second half was very similar to the first Again with JC, Magnus and Simon Hinchcliffe managing to break down the Slazenger attacks with a number of strong tackles then allowing Bradford to counter attack through the very pacey Jonny Hammill, Joseph Doyle and the tricky Manny Barber often petering out at the 25 and being unlucky not to break in to the D.

Bradford won their fourth short corner with ten minutes left the ball fed out to Manny Barber who quickly slipped the ball through the approaching defenders for Nick Hayes to deflect the ball past the keeper and the postman.

The remaining ten seemed to drag on and on with a few further chances for Slazenger and a final short corner given just on the stroke of full time which eventually led to nothing and an end result of 3-2 to the men’s 2s.

For a side that hadn’t played any proper hockey since the start of March much of the game was promising and as the sharpness returns hopefully the results will continue.

MOTM – Bob Terry for making numerous saves and managing the defensive line. Close contenders Mark Backhouse and JC.

Third Team Men’s Report

A scrappy start with both sides showing signs of rust Wakefield built pressure with a number of short corners in quick succession, they finally converted from a short corner after a scramble in the D. This was the wake up Bradford needed as they managed to take the game to Wakefield. The pressure told just before the end of the half with Matt hill getting his debut goal for the club. The 2nd half started with Bradford pressing Wakefield further and further back, they soaked up the pressure and posed a threat on the break, the 3rds finally managed to take the lead with Kieran Humphreys bundling the ball in after another scramble in the D, Bradford added a deserved third with the last touch of the game with Rob Willis tapping in the ball from a Bradford short corner.

First Team Ladies Report

Great 1-1 draw for Bradford Ladies 1sts on Saturday against Thirsk Ladies 4s. The match was fairly even with bradford having a few chances in the first half from Michelle Welch’s speed as left forward and some great link up play by Emma W. However unfortunately bradford were 1-0 down at half time despite a few good saves from the Thirsk keeper and some unlucky short corners from Amanda’s strike just missing the post. The second half was fairly evenly matched and after some close plays around both goals, Emma H snuck one in for bradford from a great play by Romany as right forward, leaving the score 1-1. The match ended 1-1 with some great defending from Smithy and Hannah and some excellent saves from Beth keeping Bradford’s clean sheet in the dying minutes of the second half.

Massive thank you for all those that took the time and effort of writing these. These kind gestures is what the club needs to continue growing. We have another action packed weekend coming up watch this space!!!!

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