New-look Ban­gor men make solid start

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BAN­GOR City men’s first team got off to a solid start to their North West Hockey League Di­vi­sion Three cam­paign with a 1-1 draw at Liver­pool Sefton 2nds.

A sum­mer of change for the club saw the men’s team join forces with the univer­sity and play un­der City’s badge. That saw the club as­sume the Univer­sity’s place in NWHL Di­vi­sion 3, with a sec­ond team oc­cu­py­ing City’s place in Di­vi­sion 6.

And de­spite step­ping up a few di­vi­sions, the first team did not look out of their depth by any means, giv­ing as good as they got in a tough open­ing game in Mersey­side.

In a fast-paced open­ing, Ban­gor be­gan brightly and put the home side un­der early pres­sure, with Ar­ran But­ter­worth and Jack Brookes pos­ing an at­tack­ing threat.

Sefton, with a full bench, slowly be­gan to take con­trol and pin City back and, af­ter flash­ing a few shots wide, they got through and scored the open­ing goal in the 22nd minute.

The score re­mained 1-0 at half time and, af­ter the break, the game re­sumed in a very end-to-end fash­ion. How­ever, Ban­gor pushed for­ward with more con­fi­dence, with Brookes al­most find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner with a shot af­ter round­ing the last de­fender.

Min­utes later, City equalised when a low fin­ish from To­mos Hughes found the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter good pres­sure from Brookes and Dave Pater­son put the ball in his path.

The home side ended the game look­ing for a win­ning goal, but found debu­tant keeper Rhayshauun Suen in in­spired form. The gloves­man made sev­eral saves, in­clud­ing one cru­cial in­ter­ven­tion that de­flected the ball onto the cross­bar and to safety in the dy­ing mo­ments, to se­cure a point for bat­tling City.

A youth­ful sec­ond team be­gan the cam­paign with a tough 9-1 loss against Bow­den 5s.

This week­end sees the first team on the road again to take on Stock­port Bramhall (1.30pm), while the sec­onds host Ox­ton 4s at the Brails­ford Cen­tre 3G pitch (2.15pm).

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