Many thanks to the geniuses at Yorkshire hockey HQ for reshuffling the league this season, so that everyone now spends their Saturdays driving up and down the M1.  As Chris Rea once said: “This is the road to Hall(am).” And Chapeltown, Worksop, and Wakefield.

This week it was our turn to play Hallam 8s, having been starved of goals in our game against their 7s a week earlier. A few of the opposition looked suspiciously familiar, but that’s where the similarity ended. Once the game got going the 5s quickly took control, with an excellent midfield diamond of Sam, Finlay and Tom P. reinforced by the returning Joe.  All around them the team clicked into gear: Skully, Murf and Tony A. providing a solid foundation, and Dave “the rage” Madge giving a masterclass in the dark arts of the full back. Up front it was a happy return to goal scoring form for the forwards… first a predatory strike by Max (aka “son of sniffer”), then a direct hit from the top of the D by Matty.

2-0 up at half time, words of wisdom from the oldies, and off again. Things looked to be settled at that point, but with Hallam managing to get the odd attack going there was a risk of a comeback. At which point Joe went on a wobble, and beat about 5 players including the keeper, before nonchalantly rolling the ball over the line to generous applause from everyone on the sideline. Early contender for goal of the season. 3-0 and nearly time for tea and medals, but Max likes his numbers even, scoring his second (and the team’s fourth) to round things off.

Joe was voted man of the match by a big margin, with Murf also getting an honourable mention. DoD was Holden senior for a combination of easy chances missed, and some unintended variations on the short corner injection. Sniffer also got a vote, despite being at home “cooking breakfast for his guests”.  Which is apparently his excuse next week as well, and is likely to incur a very heavy fine. Just saying…..