Chuck is the hero for Bankers as Hallam women run leaders close

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A last-gasp strike from Aussie ace Chuck Inglis rescued a point for Sheffield Bankers against their lowly rivals Didsbury on Saturday.

Things had started so well for Bankers, who had lost their last two games, when Oscar Evans put them ahead from a narrow angle.

With debutant Sam Ashurst looking in good form, Bankers looked to hold their lead until half-time but failed to do so, as Didsbury levelled with just a minute left on the clock, from a short corner following a rash tackle just outside the circle.

The second half once again saw the majority of chances fall to the home side, but once again their profligacy saw them go to waste. And with 20 minutes to go, disaster struck when Didsbury went ahead, crowning a counter-attack with a well-taken finish.

Bankers were then reduced to ten men when a yellow card was shown for verbals towards the referee, but with just three minutes remaining they drew level when Inglis dispatched a short corner.

Ashurst was named man of the match, but Bankers chairman Bob Hindle was left to rue what might have been.

“The result was disappointing,” he said, “but with the rub of the green we would have won this game easily.

“It was two points thrown away.”

Bankers host Leeds on Saturday.

n Sheffield Hallam’s men, meanwhile, are back in NOW: Pensions MHL Premier Division action this weekend when they make their longest trip of the season, to face Canterbury. Hallam, though, are expected to be at full strength.

Hallam’s women first team were unlucky not to take all three points from North Premier Division leaders Durham University last Saturday at Abbeydale Park.

Hallam, who took to the field without six first-choice players, took the lead when Lucy Ward pounced on a rebound from the Durham ‘keeper to slap the ball home from ten metres out.

Leaders Durham eventually drew themselves level in the second half, in fortuituous circumstances. A penalty corner was awarded for a Sheffield defensive foot in the circle, and the resulting shot was deflected home via a Hallam defender.

Hallam face a tricky journey to second-placed Liverpool Sefton this weekend.