Sheffield University Bankers grabbed their third win on the spin in an incident-laden home clash against Oxton.
Former Bankers player Chris Platt sustained a nasty head wound after a goalmouth melee which caused a considerable delay.
The half ended goalless but it was the Cheshire-based visitors who took the lead via a penalty corner.
This proved to be a catalyst for a Bankers comeback as new Aussie star Justin ‘Juzzy’ Knapp equalised with a trademark drag flick and then Nick Bunney’s cool finish put them ahead. A foolish slapping incident ended with an Oxton player being yellow-carded and Bankers made full use of the extra man as skipper Dave Moore sealed a 3-1 victory.
At the final whistle the visitors keeper lost his cool and received a red card after verbally abusing one of the umpires.
The win pushed Bankers up to fourth in the North Premier table but it’s crunch time tomorrow as they travel to face league leaders Wakefield (1.30pm).
Two goals from Amanda Shillitoe highlighted the Ladies 4-1 win over Yorkshire Division 3 rivals Leeds University 4. She opened the scoring and Alice Taylor and Jess Emmerson were also on target as Bankers went into a 3-1 interval lead. Shillitoe then added a fourth but from then on it was the visitors who dominated although they couldn’t break through as the result of good defensive work from Emily Lawton, Claire Pearce and keeper Harriet Galpin. Third-placed Bankers face second-place Netherwood at Goodwin tomorrow (12.15pm).
The men’s second team from high fliers Harrogate with a point in a 1-1 draw. Skipper Chris Downham scored the all-important goal. They host Wakefield 2s at the Goodwin Centre tomorrow (2pm).
The Thirds beat Sheffield Hallam 3-2 at Abbeydale; the Fourths and Fifths lost 3-1; the sixth team beat the league leaders 3-1 and the Sevenths drew 2-2.