The mens section push for promotion

11 MAR | BY CREWE VAGRANTS HOCKEY CLUB

M2s v Timperley 6s – 11-0 Win
Crewe 2s faced off against Timperley 6s in the early game at a very windy Vagrants. After helping Jordan Ashmore into his lead shoes to stop him blowing off the game got under way. Crewe asserted themselves straight from the first whistle and the early pressure payed off with Bruce Forster finding space to fire home Crewe’s opener. From there it was one-way traffic with Crewe keeping up the pace, energy and passing throughout the game. After a couple of frustrating weeks in front of goal, Chris Sorensen appeared to have fixed the holes in his stick and found his hat trick. Bruce Forster netted twice in the game and Adam Fall Not satisfied with a hat trick on his debut decided to raise the bar with 5 goals on his second outing. Greg Marshall also found a goal from a short corner. Crewe’s work rate meant another clean sheet and a substantial boost to their goal difference walking off the pitch 11-0 winners. After Knutsford dropped points at Bowden this leaves the 2s in a promotion spot as things stand. Man of the match: Adam Fall for his work rate and clinical finishing.

M3s v Didsbury 7s – 3-1 Win
Men’s 3s travelled away to Didsbury to play in the wind and the rain. Crewe couldn’t have started stronger with some smart decisions, leading to Dave Watson getting Crewe’s first in the first 3 minutes thanks to some excellent mid field and up front work. The rest of the first half saw Crewe dominating possession and control with a lot of close misses. At the end of the first half Didsbury got a lucky advantage play off a Crewe foot which allowed a strike on goal that barely scrapped by the keepers foot. Going into the second half Crewe came out with a vengeance knowing they were the better team they controlled the ball and didn’t allow Didsbury the opportunity to say otherwise. Lewis Ward was able to net a well played strike followed not long after by Rod Thomson putting a ball through the keepers feet. Crewe with a 2 goal lead slowed the play down and started playing smarter and safer which caused a frustrated Didsbury side to make mistake after mistake. This puts us top of the table! Man of the Match Nick Marshall for excellent play making in midfield

M1s v Alderley Edge – 2-1 Loss
Crewe hosted a young Alderley Edge team this week. Overall a frustrating afternoon with few chances at either end. Alderley took the lead through a penalty corner and soon double their lead. Crewe lacked discipline throughout the first half. The 2nd half began with an early Crewe goal from James Capper set up by Mark Bateman and a slight touch from Phil Robinson. Crewe turned on the pressure with chance after chance going begging. Final score Crewe 1 Alderley 2

L2s v Winnington Park – 6-0 Loss

A blustery Saturday saw the ladies 2s head to Winnington Park. Crewe were slow to get going and the crewe defence of Katie Gibbs-Blythe, Kate Humphrey and Grace Newman were quickly put under pressure. Winnington got a quick early goal despite keeper Grace Leonard’s best efforts. Winnington relied heavily on feeding the ball through to the their young attacker who showed her speed and broke free from Crewe’s defensive line to score again. The 1st half ended disappointingly for Crewe with a 4 goal deficit. After a rousing half time talk and a new formation, Crewe came out hard. The midfield of Mel Brooks, Anna Bates and Helen Glanville worked hard to cut out the passes to Winningtons dangerous forward. Cate Whitehouse, Jennie Hewitt and April Roome had some fantastic passages of play on the wings feeding balls down the line to lurking attacking forces of Morgan Zwingen and Molly Pheasey. The 2nd half was so much more positive from Crewe and really put th opposition under pressure. The scoreline may have ended with a 6-0, but that really did not reflect the game. Winnington had a couple of lucky breaks and converted their opportunities, Crewe were just unlucky. The last game of the season sees the ladies playing golborne, who were promoted last seasom with Crewe, so next sat should be a well matched game. Come on ladies lets smash em and then can celebrate in style at the end of season!

L4s v Wrexham 2s – 12-0 Loss
A trip across the border against second in the division was never going to be a walk in the park. Luckily for us, Tanya Downes stepped in from the 3’s to allow us a substitute, joined by Lily Gorman as an umpire. We welcomed Liadan Wilkes, having turned thirteen a matter of days ago, who had her first taste of senior hockey. Exuding confidence with her instructions and gutsy saves, she certainly made her mark! Most of the Wrexham goals were a direct outcome of a short corner; of which there were plenty! Mary Lofthouse, tackling the opposition on their strong side was crucial and her calm and composed redistribution of the ball admirable. Dawn Price, our captain was en pointe with her defensive work as was Alison Kellett (MOM) breaking down play and feeding the attackers. Opportunities for goal-scoring were created for Amy Smallman and Sophie Goodwin but due to an iron-clad defence and formidable goalkeeper, none came to fruition. Most importantly, we can honestly say that we have had an enjoyable season. Despite the losses, we have provided valuable experiences for both new and experienced players. Our final match is at home where we welcome top of the division, Wilmslow 4s.

L1s v Alderley Edge 2s – 2-0 Loss
Crewe started out as a dominant team and worked as a unit to transfer the ball round the back and create opportunities for the midfield trio of Jen Zwijnen, Dionne Johnson and Emily Ford (#dreamteam). For the first time in a good while, Crewe managed to not concede in the first half!! This was all thanks to the Peng defence of Emma Bostock, Gilly Gibbs-Blyth and Georgie Brown- you were sick lads! Second half, Crewe were razzin’ up and down the pitch- Lisa Holland you had the ‘NRG’ today- you and Steph had a smashing game! Steph new position up front? And we can’t forget Izzy Escott who worked for her sesh tonight showing her skillzzzz beating all the players on the wing. Our upfront gang of Bodge and Shez Marsden worked hard together and did some snazzy runs into Edge’s D and make game changing leads. The same next week please lads!! Although Edge managed to score two goals, they were only after Ali made some flying saves and showed off her goalkeeping talents. And finally we can’t forget our skipper Zoe Franklin who kept the momentum going through the game you legend! Shoutout to Maz, Nathan and Jamie, our dugout cheerleaders- where’s your Pom-poms guys That’s all from Us – Em (not to blow my own trumpet but who go MOM), Morgs and Izzy- enjoy the weekend and back at it again next week away to Sale where we’re gonna smash it!!

L3s v Lymm 4s – 2-0 Win
With Crewe Vagrant 3s last home game of the season we had great determination to chase down 3 points. A solid home side was out in force and we were encouraged with first push back, it took time for Crewe to settle but soon gained our confidence with quick legs and good stick skills from the midfield including player of the match Rachel Fairfield. Crewe were vocally chasing the balls on the attack throughout the match and during the first half both teams had plenty of opportunities on goal but couldn’t get passed the strong keepers to keep the score line 0-0 at half time. Crewe held a solid press and passed well to give Lymm little in the way of attacking opportunity in the 2nd half with no shots on goal giving Amanda Kimber a well deserved rest! Crewe kept their team spirits up and some great play was had in midfield for a great chance for Lily to strike a ball into the goal giving us a confident lead. Up the pitch Crewe held sustained pressure and were awarded penalty corner after penalty corner for their efforts, which forced the Lymm goalkeeper to make a good few saves. Fortunately for Crewe on one of those short corners Lymm caught a foot on the line awarding Crewe a penalty flick; for our very own Captain Paula Bourne to step up and place the ball in the left hand corner of the goal to take the lead by 2 goals. Crewe’s work rate was solid throughout the whole game including the back 3 dream team in defence keeping the balls under control and passing well into midfield creating endless chances for Crewe. Great team effort and a well over due win for the ladies 3s to give great excitement for our upcoming last game of the season away at Golbourne.

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