Mansfield Hockey Club bounce back to beat Nottingham Trent University

Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.
Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.

Mansfield Hockey Club bounced back from their defeat on Saturday to beat Nottingham Trent University 3-0.

The game started at a high pace with the two teams evenly matched, with both having chances of goals and many penalty corners given to each team.

Mansfield took the lead when Jason Ward fired home after Martin Gardner had broken through Trent’s defence.

This goal boosted Mansfield’s spirits as they pushed on in search of a second goal.

They didn’t have to wait long after they were awarded a penalty flick, wich was neatly finished by Kyle Farquharson for his 10th goal of the season.

In the second half, Trent rallied themselves and came out much stronger.

Their intentions were clear as they held a lot of possession and won a long chain of penalty corners.

After Mansfield’s misery the day before, they’d learnt their lesson and pushed Trent back time and time again.

This was mainly due to solid performances from centre-backs Reid Wardle and Matt Orridge.

The game was put beyond any doubt when Mansfield gained a free hit just outside Trent’s D after a foul was committed.

After playing the ball down the right hand side, a pass across to Mansfield’s Jason Ward saw the ball deflected into the net for his second goal of the game. Trent forced Mansfield’s goalkeeper Stephen Davidson to make multiple great to keep a clean sheet.