Match 1 vs Rotherham/Chapeltown A: Won 2 – 0 (Alex R, Alex N)
Match 2 vs Bradford A: Drew 1 – 1 (George)
Match 3 vs Airedale A: Won 1 – 0 (Alex R)
Match 4 vs Ben Rhydding B: Drew 0 – 0
Match 5 vs Doncaster B: Drew 1 – 1 (Alex R)
The Christmas cheer continues at Hull Hockey Club!
The U12 Boys decided to keep the festive spirit going within the club following yesterday’s final YYHL games before the Christmas break with more success for our youth section. For once the results speak for themselves and the work ethic and team spirit of the boys was at last rewarded with score lines to match the performances.
For the first time the team was afforded the luxury of substitutes and Matty Norman was able to appear on the team sheet for the first team this season with no game clashes with the U14’s. Also Wednesday night training regular Adam Houldridge joining the squad for the first time for a first taste of competitive tournament hockey. Hopefully he now has an appetite for more.
With a full squad of 9 you could tell all of the players were immediately buoyed by the extra players which immediately appeared to lift the pressure given the greater sharing of responsibility. It was evident right from the warm up (pics attached – sorry forgot to take any during the games), and carried through into the first game were Hull immediately settled the nerves against Rotherham/Chapeltown and were soon one up with a goal from Alex Rispin. Centre forward Alex Newsham chipped in with a second and the Hull boys reminded themselves what winning felt like as the final whistle blew.
Game 2 and Hull had to show their resilience and patience going a goal down to Bradford (who ended up topping the group). With Matty and Timmy sharing central midfield duties and continuing to spray the ball out wide to Harry Newsham and George Crundwell on the flanks, Hull’s persistence was rewarded with a spin and push shot at the top of the D from George which wrong footed the goalkeeper and left George again spinning away, this time in celebration. 1-1 probably being a fair result the Hull boys now already had 5 points on the board and clearly enjoying the day.
Against Airedale in Game 3, Hull pressed early with chances raining in. Only Alex Rispin, who dominated in right midfield with endless runs around the back, was able to take one of the chances, and later also grabbed a second only for it to be disallowed with the umpire a little too keen on the whistle already blowing for a short corner mid-swing as the ball then sailed into the goal a fraction of a second later. However another clean sheet from Aleksis and the solid defensive work of Timmy Heng, Jono Kock, Harry Newsham, and Adam Houldridge meant one goal was enough for Hull to again secure maximum points.
Ben Rhydding were up next and with neither team able to capitalise on possession in the D the game ended goalless. Adam by now was getting up to match speed and made interceptions at crucial times to ensure the points were shared and a third clean sheet earned.
The last game arrived against Doncaster. Matty again on central midfield duties continued to demonstrate his skill and ability dominating the middle and encouraging some attractive interplay with Alex Newsham in front playing the higher role. Hull had the better of play and possession and Alex Rispin was again on hand with the crucial finishing touch to put Hull one up. More chances
came with Harry Newsham having one cleared from the line but the second goal just would not quite come. In the dying seconds and one final attack for Doncaster saw the ball crossed from their left flank and the centre forward getting behind the otherwise organised Hull defence diving full length to get the faintest of touches saw them gain an equalising goal. In the end the final gasp goal cost Hull the win but as it turns out would not have affected the overall league standings. Hull amassing an impressive 11 points to bounce straight back up to Division B.
Man of the Day was Alex Rispin, not just for his 3 goals but also his passing and teamwork on and off the ball including a lot of unselfish work and running for others.
So the U12’s finally get to join in with the success which happily appears to be spreading around the club’s youth section of late, and the boys gave the watching parents a fantastic early Christmas present.
Thanks to Helen Creswell for again assisting with umpiring duties and the boys for another day of dedication and hard work which this time paid off with a great set of results.