Mark­land fires five as Ladies hit a per­fect 10

Southport Visiter - - Past Times - BY CON­NOR JAMIESON

WEEK 11 of the South­port Hockey sea­son sees yet again an­other week with plenty of goals scored and few con­ceded, all in South­port’s favour.

Rachael Ut­ter­son’s Ladies first XI trav­elled to Clitheroe and Black­burn North­ern Ladies.

In re­cent weeks the girls have gone from strength to strength. This was ev­i­dent once again as the score fin­ished 10-0 to the Greens. Goals from H. Mark­land (5), H. Wil­liams (2), L. Atwell, R. Hughes and R. Ut­ter­son. The girls go into the Christ­mas break in sec­ond place, just be­hind Lytham St Annes hav­ing scored 49 goals in 10 games.

The Ladies sec­ond XI game was un­for­tu­nately called off due to a lack of play­ers.

The Mens firsts trav­elled to Rochdale for the sec­ond time this sea­son. Player/Coach Con­nor Jame­son had set the tar­get of beat­ing the last game’s re­sult which ended 7-4 to South­port. Swift counter at­tacks and ruth­less short cor­ners saw Si­mon Helm’s team go into the break 6-1 up. Af­ter an ex­per­i­men­tal sec­ond half the game fin­ished 7-1. The Seasiders showed great dis­ci­pline, con­trol and com­po­sure de­spite a chaotic sec­ond half. Goals from M. Grindrod, G. Ca­ton, C. Jame­son (3) and a man of the match per­for­mance from J. Ca­ton (2).

Ge­orge Fine­gan’s sec­ond XI played the only home game of the week, host­ing Win­der­mere sec­onds. An­other 4-3 score­line in South­port’s favour now cements the sec­onds to the top of the ta­ble with a three point gap. Com­pli­men­tary com­ments from the op­po­si­tion coach spoke vol­umes to the pro­gres­sion the mens sec­tion have shown in such a short space of time.

The Beavers this week played out yet an­other win, this time against Alder­ley Edge, be­ing 6-0 win­ners. A great game played in a good sport­ing manor, the ju­niors of South­port fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the se­nior teams by go­ing from strength to strength each week.

Next week sees both the Mens first XI and sec­onds play their fi­nal game of 2018 against Orm­skirk at home. All sup­port wel­comed.

An­gus Math­e­son

South­port Hockey mens and ladies in ac­tion at Green­bank

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