Wakefield 3 Sheffield 7

Wakefield Men’s 1st team

Wakefield completed their National Hockey League season last Sunday with a local derby v Sheffield HC.

Wakefield started the match well and created many good chances which they failed to convert. They were also being hit on the counter attack by Sheffield and it was the visitors who opened the scoring from such a swift counter on 6 minutes.

Wakefield bounced straight back and good group pressing led to Danny Berry volleying in from close range on 9 minutes

Sheffield went in front again from their first penalty corner with Ansell firing home but yet again Wakefield reacted and Greg Moorhouse levelled the scores from a penalty corner on 27 minutes

A rash tackle on 32 minutes gifted Sheffield their second penalty corner and this time Will Hearne converted.

2-3 down at half time the Wakefield team felt hard done by but there was no doubting the quality of Sheffield’s play in the second half. They hit Wakefield quick and hard to score on 36 and 38 mins and put the game out of reach. 2 late goals from Sheffield and one from Angus Boulton completed the scoring.

The loss left Wakefield HC still standing in 6th place in the National League while the visitors consolidated their 2nd position.

The match was the final 1st team game for Wakefield stalwart Richard Whawell who announced his retirement from 1st team hockey after the match. Richard has been the perfect squad man and an important committed 1st team player for the last 7 seasons. Big shoes to fill next season!

N Hughes