Edge can’t halt Preston charge
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.