Wakefield 3 Bowden 6

Wakefield played a top of the table team Bowden on Sunday at College Grove and ran the potential league champions very close.

In the first 15 minutes Wakefield created 2 good chances but failed to convert them. They were punished for this when in the 15th and 18th minutes poor defensive errors led to 2 quick goals for Bowden. Wakefield regrouped and had a good chance from their first penalty corner but Boulton failed to get any real power in his shot and the chance was gone. In the 27th minute White of Bowden found space at the far post to tap in Bowden’s 3rd and the home crowd feared the worst. But a great clearance by Leighton and a strong individual run by Greg Moorhouse led to Wakefield scoring on the stroke of half time.

The message at half time was to press the ball better and have a real go at the Bowden back line and have a go the Wakefield forwards did. After Egerton scored a 4th for Bowden from a penalty corner Berry went on a counter attack solo run from the half way line and great unselfish off the ball running led to him firing home from the top of the circle. Wakefield pressed again and winning the ball in deep defence they sprang 70 metres with Boulton carrying the ball most of the way only to find an unmarked Moorhouse who slotted in to make the score 3-4.

Bowden were rocking for the next 5 minutes but Wakefield threw players forwards searching for the equaliser. It was Bowden’s turn to counter from deep and great interplay led to Wilson slotting home with only 4 minutes left on the clock. Bowden scored again with 2 minutes to go as Wakefield pressed forwards and left more and more space in defence.

The score of 3-6 flattered Bowden and Wakefield deserved better from a very strong performance.

Wakefield host local rivals Doncaster on Saturday at College Grove (11.30am) before travelling to Loughborough to play at 2pm on Sunday. 6 points from these 2 games would see Wakefield climb to 4th in the league table.

N Hughes (23 Feb 2015)
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