Mixed results for North Notts Hockey Club

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NORTH NOTTS bounced back in fine style after last week’s double defeat with a 9-2 victory against lowly Ramgarhia.

The ideal start for Notts would have been an early goal, and it came within 50 seconds from talisman Allen Butler who finished from close range.

On eight minutes it was 2-0 when Barton slotted home and a rout looked on the cards for the Manor Park based Club.

Another strike from Allen Butler on 16 minutes made it 3-0 as Notts turned the screw.

Ramgarhia then saw a glimmer of hope with some sloppy defending by Notts leaving the Ramgarhia forward with a chance which he took with a reverse strike.

The score only stayed at 3-1 for 30 seconds when William Butler scored straight from the restart.

Ramgarhia then punished Notts by scoring the final goal of the half to give themselves some hope.

But Notts came out focused in the second half and got nicely into their passing stride.

Allen Butler soon made it 5-2, before William Butler started and finished another move to make the score 6-2. He then quickly got his second leaving Ramgarhia dizzy with the score at 7-2.

Notts eighth goal came again from veteran Barton, before Allen Butler netted his 23rd goal of the season that finished the game.

l Sunday saw North Notts catch up with fixtures put back by bad weather but not with the hoped for result as they were beaten 7-4 by Nottinghamshire University.

Notts took an early lead with a great reverse strike from William Butler, but this was short lived as the Uni side picked up from a slow start and came into the game.

Uni had a clear plan to win set plays, and particularly short corners, which with some fast running attackers they managed to execute.

This became clear after the first short corner with the Uni drag flicker proving to have an accurate high paced shot, and with him having a good day six of Uni’s seven goals came from this route.

Allen Butler kept up his magnificent run this weekend with another three goals for Notts as the team combined passing movement and the ability to beat players.

But it was not enough as North Notts were eventually beaten by the better side.