Hockey: Unbeaten Bankers move up to second

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Sheffield Bankers’ first team remained unbeaten in the league this season, and moved up to second in Division One of the North Hockey League with a 4-2 win over Preston at Goodwin last weekend.

Following the previous weekend’s win over Chester, Bankers travelled to Preston in good heart and handed a debut to Jack Coulson, previously of Southgate. Coulson had an instant impact, when his terrific drilled cross was turned in by a defender and Bankers were soon 2-0 up and coasting.

However, they succumbed to their usual bad habits and allowed Preston to come back into the game, but their discipline returned in the last 15 minutes - and so did the goals, as they ran out 4-2 winners for the second successive week.

Nick Fletcher, Oscar Evans and Aussie ace Chuck Inglis, named man of the match, got their names on the scoresheet. This weekend, Bankers face a physical home game against Urmston at Goodwin (1.45pm).

New boy Mark Watts, meanwhile, made an instant impact for Bankers’ second team, scoring a brace as they beat their Wakefield counterparts 2-1. Bankers were indebted to the fine form of goalkeeper Simon Hibbert, who kept Wakefield at bay on several occasions, but it was Watts who opened the scoring after 20 minutes, deftly slipping the ball past the Wakefield ‘keeper.

He then made the game safe in the second half with another clever finish.