On Saturday the 14th April, the Northwood Knights played DHS at Northwood. The match started as predicted with DHS holding their defensive shape and Northwood on the attack. It didn’t take long for Northwood to open the scoring through an excellent Tyronne Laaks drag flick. Northwood continued to add pressure but were unable to find the back of the DHS net, this cost them dearly as DHS capitalised on some poor pressing and sent a ball from end to end to find an unmarked striker at the top of the D. Northwood goalkeeper, Taine Bird, tried to stop the striker but fouled him instead to give DHS a penalty stroke just before half time. Tiagan Terblanche stepped up and slotted the PS for DHS, 1-1 at half time. The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first half with Northwood dominating play again but still unable to find the back of the net, that was until Chris Sarafidis scored a superb deflection from a penalty corner. This seemed to energize the Knights and they forced several more chances including another penalty corner that Chris sent crashing into the post from another deflection. Jeremy Martins made it 3-1, just minutes after Chris rattled the upright, with a superb flick from open play. With just minutes left, DHS pushed hard to get back into the game and created a few chances of their own, one of which was smashed home with just over a minute left in the match. Northwood composed themselves, got some field position and closed the match out very well to run out 3-2 winners. It must be noted that Mr Michael Baker from DHS has done some superb work with the DHS team and hockey in general at the school. To see where they were and where they are in 12 months is down to his hard work and many hours! Well done to him and DHS hockey!
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