North Notts reach National Hockey Association Trophy quarter-finals

NORTH Notts marched into the quarter-finals of the prestigious National Hockey Association Trophy with a resounding 7-4 victory at home to Streetley from the division above them.

That left Notts as the only Midlands side left in the competition.

From the starting ball William Butler was able to find Marc Johnson on the back post to open the score line after just 22 seconds.

Streetley were unable to contain Notts, whose first short corner, this was injected out to Allen Butler who fired the ball into the back of the net before the keeper had even made a move.

Within two minutes Notts were awarded a penalty stroke which William Butler netted. But Streetley were not finished and pulled one back.

However, within two minutes, Notts extended their lead with two fantastic goals from Allen Butler, a short corner strike and then a top D strike, to put Notts 5-1 up.

Streetley were not giving up and on the half-hour were able to pull back a goal.

The visitors eemed to find a second wind after the break, scoring from a penalty stroke

following a few heavy tackles from Notts saw Russ Jarvis given a green card which was extended to the whole side.

Shortly after Notts were down to nine men with Marc Johnson and Adam Moss receiving yellow cards for heavy tackles. This did not faze Notts as a cross in from Adam Cook to William Butler on the top of the D saw them go 6-3 up and Garry Bradbury then added a seventh before Streetley pulled another back.

Notts will now face South Cheshire on Sunday, 3rd March. This weekend they face Nottingham on Saturday and leaders Barton on Sunday.

Despite creating many chances and having the majority of play throughout the game, Mansfield Hockey Club could only manage to a 1-1 draw against Loughborough Sharks on Saturday.

Six minutes into the second half Loughborough worked the ball down the centre of the pitch to net with an excellent reverse stick shot from their striker.

However, Mansfield’s Martin Gardner fired home from the top of the D to equalise.

In action again on Sunday, Martin Gardner and Jamie Youngerhey hit two excellent goals for Mansfield, but Ashbourne ran out comfortable 8-2 winners to remain in contention for the league.

Newark were the opposition for Mansfield travelling seconds, Neil Hursthouse scoring Mansfield only goal in a 3-1 defeat.

Mansfield thirds secured an excellent result at home to Sikh Union Coventry, winning 7-0 with Kyle Farquharson scoring a hat-trick, two goals for Ashley Smith with Pete Denley and Ryan Ward adding the others.