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Men's 3's - Darlington 2's (A) - 0-3 (W)

Date: Saturday 14th October 2023, 11:30

MOM: Callum Neilson

Goals: R Walker x 2, E Clarke

In a riveting match that showcased both individual talent and team synergy, Stokesley Men's Hockey Third Team secured a resounding 3-0 victory, leaving no questions about their prowess on the pitch. The team demonstrated tactical mastery with a consistent press, effectively dismantling the opposition's playmaking abilities from the get-go.

The first half saw Stokesley burst into action, dominating possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities. The deadlock was broken when Rob, capitalising on a sublime assist from the author, sent a blistering shot past the goalkeeper. The crowd roared in approval, sensing that this was just the beginning.

The second goal of the half was a masterclass in quick, incisive hockey. Starting with Oscar in midfield, the ball was worked through a series of slick passes, eventually finding its way to Ethan, who made no mistake in doubling the lead. The impeccable teamwork left the opposition bewildered and chasing shadows.

As the second half commenced, Stokesley continued their relentless attack, peppering the opposition's goal with a barrage of attempts. Rob sealed the match with his second of the day, latching onto a loose ball following a broken-down attack. The turnover was orchestrated by John McAfee, whose keen eye for opportunity enabled him to quickly feed the ball back to Rob for the decisive strike.

Although it was a team effort, special mention must go to Callum, who was awarded Man of the Match. Callum was the linchpin in midfield, putting in an extraordinary shift that included both defensive stops and offensive distribution. His ball-handling skills were second to none, and he kept the tempo high, ensuring that Stokesley were always on the front foot.

In summary, this was not just a win, but a statement of intent from Stokesley Men's Hockey Third Team. Their strategic press, rapid transitions, and clinical finishing demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with this season. The squad left the pitch with heads held high, already looking forward to their next challenge, but for now, they can bask in the glory of a well-deserved victory.

Next game: Norton 3's Home (Saturday 21st October 2023, 15:30 push back)

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