Hopes fade in two setbacks

NORTH Notts Hockey Club suffered two crucial weekend defeats to see their promotion fate slip from their own hands.

On Saturday, second-placed Notts hoped to topple leaders Nottingham but lost 5-3, and then they crashed 3-2 against another top side, Boots on Sunday.

On Saturday Nottingham took the lead through a quick and well placed strike from their skilful centre forward.

This did shock Notts into a more attacking vein and they soon found the equaliser through William Butler from a short corner after an initial Allen Butler strike was saved

Notts then turned up the heat and went in ahead at the break from another short corner, Matt Cooper racing in at the back post to deflect home.

The start of the second half was where it all went wrong as within a minute Nottingham had equalised.

A disastrous 20 minutes followed which saw Nottingham score three further goals, Moss slotting home a late consolation.

A day later, with both sides knowing each other well from numerous meetings, it was no surprise the first half was a very tight affair.

Notts did take the lead through a low Allen Butler strike and looked confident until the first of three yellow cards took their toll, dropping Notts to 10 men which allowed Boots more space and an equaliser.

Josh Singleton added a second half goal for Notts, but like Saturday, the game went away from them as the home side scored from two short corners and, as Notts chased the game, two breakaway goals to finish the contest.

Notts will look to get back on track this weekend with two home games.