First team held to a goalless draw by Brooklands

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club men’s first team hosted Brooklands seconds on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after a heart-breaking last second defeat the previous week.

The home team opened the with intent and purpose, pressurising the Brooklands young back line to win the ball in several dangerous areas.

But they were unable to create any clear cut chances to turn their possession into an opening goal.

The first half continued much the same with plenty of ball for the home team but no goals as Brooklands held firm when it mattered.

Any Brooklands attacks were quickly snubbed out by Hayes and Heppell in the centre of the home defence, and Fotheringham returning in goal never looked troubled.

Brooklands came out much brighter in the second half and for the first ten minutes started to look dangerous with the home team losing their men when the visitors committed bodies forward from midfield.

But the home side regained control and Brooklands were clinging on, despite the home team twice going down to ten men with yellow cards for Stoddart and Redpath.

With ten minutes remaining a quick break down the left resulted in Andrew Titmus having space in the area and he rounded the keeper but was fouled as he was about to fire in a shot. The resulting penalty corner came to nothing.

The game finished in a rare goalless draw, but the home side will be happy with their performance in a game they deserved to win.

The club is sponsored by Wade Financial Services.

Other results: Ladies’ 1sts 1 Wakefield 2; Men’s 2nds 5 Jesmond Parish Church 7; Ladies 2nds 0 Brooklands 0; Men’s 3rds 3 Morpeth 2; Ladies’ 3rds 3 Stockton Roseby 4; Men’s 4ths 2 Newcastle 1sts 7.

On Sunday WBTHC hosted an U13 and U16 Development League. Matches, watched by a representative of Wade Financial Service,s saw creditable performances by a gutsy U13 squad and U16s giving their best with a 1-0 defeat against Tynedale and a 7-1 defeat against a strong Stockton squad.