Hockey: First team show steel in Sheffield to claim draw

Lancaster and Morecambe Men's 1st team drew in Sheffield.
Lancaster and Morecambe Men's 1st team drew in Sheffield.

Lancaster and Morecambe Mens 1s made the long journey to play Sheffield Hallam after a good win the previous week and were held to a 2-2 draw.

The game was evenly matched in the early stages with neither side able to fashion any proper chances.

Sheffield were able to take the lead from a short corner which was well placed in the goal but Lancaster reacted well and went straight up the other end to win a short corner of their own.

Joey Davidson was on hand to put a well placed drag flick into the corner to level the match.

The second half was a much more open affair with both sides having good chances to take the lead.

Good runs from Alex Davidson, Rob Cook, Nick Davey and Philip McMorris led to opportunities for each of them.

Once again it was a short corner that led to the game’s next goal.

Matt Hartnett was in the right place at the right time to put the ball into the net giving Lancaster the lead.

They tried to push home their advantage but they were victims of their own indiscipline.

Having received a couple of cards Lancaster gave away a penalty stroke from open play but goalkeeper Mark Hutchinson made a good save to keep Sheffield behind.

However, shortly after the first penalty stroke was conceded a second was given away when the ball struck a foot on the goal line. Hutchinson was unable to prevent the goal this time meaning the sides were once again level.

Lancaster pushed forward in the hope of finding another goal but were unable to find the telling touch within the D.

As they attacked they left themselves open to the counter attack but good defending meant that Sheffield were unable to find a way through.

At full time honours were even in what had been a tight but highly competitive match.