Edge can’t halt Pre­ston charge

Wilmslow Express - - SPORT - HOCKEY BEN WHITE­HEAD

attack, scor­ing 19 times.

As the top two in the com­pe­ti­tion, Wilm­slow, and Queen’s Ch­ester will now progress to the North West semi-fi­nal stage. ALDER­LEY Edge Hockey Club Men’s first team suf­fered a 4-0 loss at red­hot pro­mo­tion favourites Pre­ston in the North Pre­mier League.

Alder­ley started well as both sides showed their at­tack­ing in­tent. Sam Gre­gory used the width well and was able to make surg­ing breaks.

But Alder­ley couldn’t make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties, with the Pre­ston keeper rarely made to make a save.

Penalty cor­ners were al­ways go­ing to be im­por­tant and while Edge keeper Ri­ley (right) saved well at one end, the Alder­ley rou­tines did not quite click with Parr and Ben Gre­gory un­able to find a way through.

Pre­ston took the lead when they broke down the base line and de­spite the first ef­fort be­ing saved the ad­van­tage al­lowed them to fin­ish well.

The ef­fort level of both sides was main­tained in the sec­ond half, though Alder­ley’s qual­ity fal­tered and the well-or­gan­ised Pre­ston side kept plug­ging away.

The score was dou­bled as a re­bound from a Ri­ley save was volleyed in.

McCormick had a cou­ple of penalty cor­ner ef­forts saved but when Alder­ley were caught nap­ping from a long cor­ner, Pre­ston got in again.

The pull­back was spot on and the flicked fin­ish found the net.

Pre­ston grabbed a late fourth from a penalty cor­ner as Alder­ley – down to 10 men – be­gan to tire.

Alder­ley have a tough run of games, but are sit­ting com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble and will want to kick on for the fi­nal few matches to bet­ter pre­vi­ous sea­son’s plac­ing.

The sec­onds had an em­phatic 7-1 victory at home against Be­bing­ton, with all the goals com­ing from open play thanks to a Nick Sims with four, Harry White­head’s two and one by Chris Ash­ton.

This moves them to third in the league, which would be a great achieve­ment if they can main­tain it.

The thirds had an­other tough loss, go­ing down 3-2 at bot­tom side Be­bing­ton.

Alder­ley’s fourth string main­tained their pro­mo­tion push with a 5-1 victory over Tri­ton.

They have two games in hand over sec­ond but will need to win them both to give them­selves a real chance.

The fifth team ag­o­nis­ingly lost 4-3 against Mossley Hill, con­ced­ing the vi­tal goal in the last 15 sec­onds, but it was a spir­ited per­for­mance from a side miss­ing sev­eral reg­u­lars.

The sixth team lost 7-1 to league lead­ers Sand­bach.

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