Belper Hockey Club show fighting spirit to draw with Doncaster

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

Lowly Belper Hockey Club bounced back from last week’s thumping to secure a 2-2 draw with Doncaster.

Belper were beaten 6-1 by Wakefield last weekend, but they did not let that heavy defeat hit their confidence as gthey controlled the early stages of the game.

Belper looked sharpest and created several good openings and penalty corners in the opening 20 minutes, but were denied by the heroics of man-of the-match Doncaster came closest to opening the scoring when their first penalty corner attempt came back off the Belper bar.

But, it was Belper, who scored after 25 minutes, when Matthew Hickman finished a move including some good inter-play down the right.

Doncaster could not really complain going in to the interval 1-0 down.

After some realistic half-time appraisals of their performance, they came out much sharper for the second period.

And, immediately they won a series of penalty corners, with Joe Morrison converting for his 16th league goal in just 13 games.

This seemed to galvanise the Town Field men and not long after, Vaughn Bowen slid in the second following exceptional work from Travis Cresswell, who ran 60 yards to beat off three challengers before squaring to Bowen.

Doncaster were expected to go on and win the game from this point. However, both sides lost several players to the sin bin at different stages and Belper were allowed to throw men forward when they had the numerical supremacy.

And, like the first half, they created good openings on the counter attack and Tom Ryland scored a deserved equaliser.

The final result helps Belper’s chances of survival, while Doncaster remain in third place.