Saints sit third
PUBLISHED: 09:49 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
ST ALBANS Men sit in third place at the midway stage of the Men s Indoor Hockey League. The Saints won twice and drew once in the first weekend s games at the Gemtec Arena in Kingston-upon-Hull, losing only to Doncaster who won all four of their games and
ST ALBANS Men sit in third place at the midway stage of the Men's Indoor Hockey League.
The Saints won twice and drew once in the first weekend's games at the Gemtec Arena in Kingston-upon-Hull, losing only to Doncaster who won all four of their games and sit top of the table.
Glenn Webster scored twice from short corners as the Saints came back from 1-0 down to beat the home side Kingston-upon-Hull 2-1. Hull, who were relegated from the Premier League last year, put St Albans under plenty of pressure at the death but were unable to find a way through the determined Saints defence.
Three goals in as many minutes gave St Albans a brilliant start against Stourport. The opposition fought back with two goals in two minutes to set up a close and edgy game but St Albans pulled ahead with two quick goals. Stourport pushed forward in an attempt to get back in the game but this gave the Saints the space they needed to add to their tally and wrap up a 9-3 win.
Sunday began with a game against unbeaten Doncaster, with the Saints looking to avenge their defeat in last year's competition. However things didn't go their way as Doncaster recorded a 5-3 win. The game was very close at 1-1 but two quick counter-attacking goals gave Doncaster the lead and, as St Albans went in search of a way back into the game, Doncaster extended their advantage.
St Albans had plenty of short corners but couldn't find a way through and they even saw a penalty flick saved by the opposition 'keeper.
Webster admitted that his team-mates were frustrated with this result: "It was a frustrating way to start Sunday because Doncaster didn't really create much. We were the better side but we didn't take our chances."
The Saints finished the weekend with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Surbiton. Coach Dick Ashby changed tactics ahead of the game, instructing his players to keep possession at the back and force Surbiton up the pitch and out of their comfort zone. Surbiton struggled to deal with this change of tactics and St Albans took a deserved lead when Webster scored from a short corner. Unfortunately for St Albans, Surbiton came straight back at them grabbing an equaliser and with it a share of the spoils.
Webster is the team's leading scorer, claiming eight of the team's 15 goals and he says that the weekend can be viewed as a success: "Everyone is pleased with the Surbiton result and overall the weekend was a success. Next week we should be looking for four wins out of four. The two tough games next week will be Bowdon and Bath, the other two should be more straightforward. We are quietly confident of promotion. Doncaster and Surbiton have to play each other and hopefully somebody else can take points off of them in other games. Last year it went down to the final game of the tournament. This year we are looking to keep our fate in our own hands."
Indoor Hockey is different to the outdoor variant as Webster explains: "It has side boards so the ball doesn't go off and you can't lift the ball off the ground unless you are inside the 'D' and it's a shot. Indoor hockey is more tactical and knowing about patterns of play.