Market Drayton Hockey Club

Market Drayton Advertiser: 2nd XI Leamington 1 MDHC 1

February 16, 2012

Market Drayton's second eleven were the only team in action last weekend as the cold weather ensured the majority of Midlands hockey fixtures succumbed to the elements.

Dave Poole's side travelled to Leamington on Sunday in what was billed as a promotion playoff; both sides level on points with Drayton ahead on goal difference behind runaway league leaders Bloxwich in the second promotion slot in the table.

Drayton started well closing down the home side effectively and limiting Leamington's ability to pass the ball, however they consistently found outlets wide and were able to threaten Drayton's back three. Leamington would have found a break through were it not for the impressive combination at the back which has served Drayton so well so far this season.

Leamington continued to press and after an exchange of shots and clearances in front of the Drayton net, a Leamington strike found a Drayton foot on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded to the home side.

However Captain Dave Poole did the business for Drayton, saving a tame flick down the middle calmly, much to the relief of Drayton's outfielders who received the wake up call they needed.

Drayton fought their way back into the game but it was Leamington who took advantage of their first half advantage of possession. Both sides had chances to go ahead but many were spurned by Drayton before Leamington got their goal.

After half-time Drayton appeared to gain more concentration and drive as they looked to forge their way back into the game; several breaks were repelled by Leamington before Jordan Chevins found the breakthrough and the equaliser for the away team.

The game turned into a more open one as both sides pushed for the winner that could prove so valuable come the end of the season.

However no forward on the field found the answer and Drayton took a share of the points; a fine result given the enormity of the game and calibre of their opposition.

Captain Dave Poole is assured of progression should the team continue to play well:

“After today's draw we are in a strong position- currently 3rd in the league. but with a game in hand and a 10 goal difference advantage over second I am still confident we are on target for promotion this season.”

Drayton's second team play West Bromwich away this weekend and the club's other sides should resume their fixtures if the cold weather stays away.


Market Drayton Advertiser: 1st XI Redditch 6 MDHC 2 & MDHC 4 Evesham 0

February 2, 2012

Market Drayton's first eleven went into last weekend's double game weekend knowing that six points from the games against Redditch and Evesham would see them regain their spot at the top of the table following a run from before Christmas which has seen them on a three game winless streak.

Travelling to table toppers Redditch on Saturday they knew that potentially this could become a mid season title decider. After defeating the Worcestershire men 4-2 back in October at Keele Drayton knew tha...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 2nd XI MDHC 6 Pershore 1

February 2, 2012

Drayton's second string came into last Saturday's game following a 7-1 win against Barlaston the week before and were hoping for another win to keep their promotion hopes alive. Although Pershore were bottom of the league Dave Poole's side knew not to expect an easy game.

As the game opened into the early stages Drayton passed the ball well creating chances but not being able to finish. It was infact Pershore who scored first from a well placed short corner which was put just out of keeper Da...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 3rd XI MDHC 2 Stafford 4

February 2, 2012

Following last week's victory over Pershore, Market Drayton's third string headed into their home tie against Stafford full of confidence. Yet despite another excellent performance, they ended up on the wrong end of a defeat.

The game started evenly, with both sides demonstrating a good short-passing game. For Drayton the forward movement was made by top-scorer Gareth Bowen, and youngster Alfie Chevins, whilst Richard Jones and Mike Chevins looked to fire the ball through from the back.


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Market Drayton Advertiser: 1st XI Old Wulfrunians 3 - MDHC 2

January 25, 2012

Market Drayton's first string resumed their league season on Saturday away at Wolverhampton club Old Wulfrunians. Having missed the week before due to a frozen pitch at Keele they came into the game level on points with Redditch and Tamworth at the top of West Midlands Division One.

Drayton, affected by traffic problems, began the game with nine men but kept an enthusiastic home side at bay – defensive interceptions and solid pressing didn't allow Old Wulfs any room to manoeuvre.

Restored t...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 3rd XI MDHC 5 Pershore 2

January 25, 2012

The game started slowly with both teams struggling in the icy conditions, Drayton were attacking well against the experienced Pershore defence and it was Lloyd Brakel who had the pick of the shots in the early stages with his strike zipping past the keeper's left post.

As the game progressed, fewer and fewer chances were being created by Drayton and Pershore were starting to get a better foot hold in the game.

However a rare short corner opportunity gave Drayton their second goal; Will Evans ...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 2nd XI MDHC 7 Barlaston 1

January 25, 2012

Market Drayton's second eleven played Barlaston side looking to get their promotion form back after a disappointing defeat to Bloxwich last week.

Dave Poole's side were clearly relaxed going into the game and were expected to win given their strong league position.

In the opening exchanges it seemed their relaxed attitude would cost them; however they eventually started to play steadily and took the lead through some good skill from Kabir Bowry.

However Drayton weren't in control of the game ...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 2nd XI Kidderminster 2 MDHC 1

December 1, 2011

Drayton's second eleven travelled to Kidderminster a week after their first team counterparts looking for a more favourable result. However, going with just ten men, they went down 2-1 - frustrating their league title bid.

Market Drayton started the game well, applying pressure to the Kidderminster defence and controlling the ball. The only thing lacking in the first ten minutes was a goal, Drayton denied - Kidderminster getting all 11 men behind the ball and defending strongly.

After ten min...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 1st XI MDHC 7 - West Bromwich 3

November 28, 2011

Looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing away defeat to Kidderminster, Market Drayton’s first eleven came up against West Midlands Division One basement side West Bromwich at Keele University.

Despite being rooted to the bottom of the table their opponents still possessed many players who were part of their promotion season three years ago. It was one of the old guard, Paul Crompton who opened the scoring in the match for the visitors.

Straight from the push back the ball was...

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Market Drayton Advertiser: 2nd XI MDHC 6 Kingswinford 0

November 24, 2011

After a break in the second eleven's league programme they came into their fixture against Kingswinford looking for a continuation of the great form they have shown of late.

It was a fiery start from the visitors but this experienced Drayton side showed maturity and stuck to the good, attacking hockey that has served them well this season.

Drayton used the full width of the pitch to pass the ball around and through the Kingswinford defence on a number of occasions.

Jacob Hurt opened the scori...

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