Sheffield Hallam Men’s first team hope a late start will help light up their season as they swing into home National League action on Saturday.
They have earmarked a 6.30pm start for their opening Abbeydale clash against their main South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster.
Hallam played their first late start two years ago in another local derby against Sheffield University Bankers and their first three home matches of this campaign will follow suit - the other two being Olton & West Warwicks on October 8 and Durham University on October 22.
The Abbeydale side will look to build on their impressive North Conference opener which resulted in an amazing 7-4 victory at Deeside Ramblers.
Hallam went 4-0 up through David Smith, Mike Shaw, Phil Roper and a superb open stick goal from Will Musgrave after a series of one-twos had left the home defence in tatters.
Deeside struck twice through their Pakistani penalty corner expert Ali Ghanzafar but Roper replied with his second of the game only for them to be pegged back again as Ghazanfar doubled his tally to leave the score at 5-4 with 20 minutes still to play.
Despite losing Scott Sanderson to the sin bin, Hallam pulled away again when Martin Ebbage fired a reverse stick shot into the far corner on the hour mark and Duncan Longson then completed the magnificent seven in the final minute. Hallam Women’s first team begin their North Premier season with a tricky trip to Harrogate who are always hard to beat on their own turf but Sheffield will aim to build on last season’s fourth place and their tag as one of the promotion favourites.
The Men’s second team face new North Division 1 side Didsbury Northern at Abbeydale (3pm) while the Women’s Seconds meet Kingston-upon-Hull in the Yorkshire Premier Division.