Thirds do bat­tle but miss out

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

Ch­ester VI 3 Run­corn III 1 RUN­CORN Hockey Club’s men’s third-team had to field an un­der-strength side against Ch­ester’s sixth-string on Satur­day and de­spite some real ef­fort this led to a dis­ap­point­ing loss.

With in­juries and ab­sences the start­ing line-up was dif­fer­ent from what the thirds would nor­mally ex­pect

How­ever, the team cer­tainly worked hard and were more than a match for Ch­ester in the early ex­changes.

The dead­lock was bro­ken when Ch­ester forced a penalty cor­ner which they con­verted.

As the first half pro­gressed, Run­corn took more con­trol and when Ri­ley Cooper lifted the ball beau­ti­fully into the cir­cle, Cameron Chal­loner struck what may al­ready be the goal of the sea­son

A de­served half-time score­line of 1-1 gave Run­corn plenty to be op­ti­mistic about for the sec­ond pe­riod.

Un­for­tu­nately, the team lost some shape and en­ergy lev­els started to drop, en­abling Ch­ester to con­vert another penalty cor­ner.

When the home side re­peated this a few min­utes later, the game was slip­ping away.

To their credit, the Run­corn play­ers pushed for­ward and were un­lucky not to pull at least one goal back but the fi­nal score re­mained 3-1. Robert Mault gave his usual en­er­getic per­for­mance and Rob­bie Roan, the re­place­ment goal­keeper, made a cou­ple of sig­nif­i­cant saves dur­ing the clash.

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