Run­corn fire home 11 in rout

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport -

Run­corn I 11 Bow­don IV 2 TO­WARDS the end of last month, Run­corn Hockey Club men’s first XI routed Bow­don’s youth­ful fourth-team 11-2 at The Heath School.

There was no doubt­ing the abil­ity in the Bow­don team as they con­fi­dently passed the ball about but they did not re­ally hurt the home out­fit’s rear­guard. That was un­til they took the lead via a long corner.

Run­corn pushed for an equaliser, and when for­wards Ruan Pre­toruis and Chris­tian White com­bined, it left the lat­ter with an easy fin­ish. The home side then took the lead with a mir­ror im­age of their first goal with White find­ing the net.

But Bow­don came right back at Run­corn and equalised. This goal woke the home side up and they took con­trol net­ting two quick­fire goals via Pre­toruis to give them an in­ter­val ad­van­tage of 4-2.

As the sec­ond half started the wind picked up and Run­corn found them­selves in the face of it, but this did not stop them from scor­ing again, winger Mike French on hand to bun­dle the ball in. It was then fel­low winger Joe Cooper’s turn to get in on the act as he claimed the next two goals with per­fect close-range fin­ishes.

Run­corn just kept on go­ing and Pre­toruis claimed a brace of smart fin­ishes to take his per­sonal tally to four.

As Run­corn re­laxed this gave Bow­don the chance to push men for­ward and de­spite fac­ing a prover­bial moun­tain they never gave up. How­ever, the home de­fence of Andy Par­tridge, Ben McKay and Mike Wake­field stood firm.

The next goal was the best of the match. Joe Cooper swapped sides and col­lected the ball on the left. As he cut in­side, the pitch opened up and he at­tacked the Bow­don penalty cir­cle and found him­self at the right side. He looked up and dis­patched an an­gled shot into the top corner.

As mid­field­ers Al­lan Watt and Scott Crimes looked to take ad­van­tage of the space it was left to Pre­toruis to com­plete the scor­ing as he claimed an­other goal off the in­side of an post.

Player-of-the-match went to hold­ing mid­fielder Gary Looker.

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