Rutland boys are winners

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RUTLAND Hockey Club’s U13 boys team have returned triumphant from another tournment.

They went into the Ashby competition full of confidence with several of the players having experienced success in an U14 tournament at the Long Sutton Tournament a few weeks earlier.

Rutland’s first game was against South Leicester and they started slowly with some poor hockey resulting in confusion at the back. But after conceding an early goal, Rutland woke up and started to play to their strengths. After a few minutes of pressure they scored the goal they deserved and ended the game with a 1-1 draw.

The second game was against Lichfield and the players built from where they left off against South Leicester, moving the ball quickly with good skill and fast movement.

After a couple of missed chances Rutland scored twice and ended with a comfortable win.

Rutland went into the third game knowing that a win would see them through to the semi-final. And they started the game quickly, scoring two twice before careless errors resulted in them conceding a goal. However, Rutland came back to score a further two goals to win 4-2.

In the semi-final against Leicester Hockey Club, Rutland produced their best performance of the tournament. With fast movement and quick passing they were able to tear the opposition’s defence apart and scored several goals, the best created by Laurence Sidwell and Jules Brahmachari.

Rutland played hosts Ashby in the final and after taking an early lead Rutland became cagey and tried to defend their narrow lead. This allowed Ashby back into the game and they equalised late on to force extra time and a golden goal.

Rutland upped their game, attacking from the off and soon won a short corner from which, after a mad scramble, the ball crossed the goal line for Rutland to win.

Rutland: Luke Hayworth, Laurence Sidwell, Jules Brahmachari, Harrison Elliot, Benedict Swindells, Charlie Parker, Angus Macbeth, Alasdair Ager and Tom MacDonald.

l RUTLAND were runners-up in the U13 Girls tournament with a very young side that featured some fine individual performances.