The Northwood 1st hockey team showed determination and composure to come out on top against a much improved Parktown team on Saturday.
Northwood, having beaten Parktown 2 – 0 at the K.E.S. festival earlier in the season were favourites for the fixture but didn’t have it all their own way against an improved, gutsy and fast Parktown team.
Parktown brought intensity to the game and Northwood had a scare early in the first half when a forward’s reverse stick shot from a tight angle flashed past the post.
This attempt ignited the Northwood team who started to match the intensity of the visitors and some free flowing play resulted in some good scoring chances. Northwood eventually broke down the hard working visitors when Joshua Cowell fired a penalty corner drag flick into the bottom corner to give the home team a 1 – 0 lead going into the break.
The second half was an even contest with both teams playing good hockey from circle to circle but neither team created enough to threaten the opposition’s goals.
The game ignited in the last ten minutes and the home team captain had a great opportunity to bury the visitors when he broke from the half way line, entered the circle and sent a rocket of a shot which smashed the keeper on the shoulder and rebounded to a Northwood striker who flashed the second shot wide.
Northwood looked to have missed their moment when a fast Parktown striker won the ball on the side line and used his speed to break free of all the defenders and calmly slot the ball past the advancing Northwood goal keeper to take the score to 1 – 1.
In the last five minutes Northwood piled on the pressure in search of the winner and were rewarded with three minutes left on the clock. A well worked penalty corner variation saw Captain Shane Bradbury snatch a 2 – 1 victory for his team with a powerful flick into the bottom corner of the goals.
Picture Credit to: Grant Motley and Mr Brian Gow