Hockey: Doncaster men go fourth in Conference North

Doncaster Hockey Club men's first team squad 2015/16
Doncaster Hockey Club men's first team squad 2015/16

Doncaster resumed their Conference North campaign with a 3-2 win at Olton and West Warwickshire.

Matt Gibson struck a second half winner for the Town Field men after an action-packed first period.

Victory saw Doncaster move up to fourth in the standings, four points behind University of Durham and Bowden in second and third respectively.

The visitors scored with their first serious attack through Marcus Hooper after just three minutes.

It was the hosts who enjoyed the majority of possession and best chances during the early phases as it took Doncaster a little longer to settle.

The game then came alive after 20 minutes with three goals inside two minutes.

Tom Mallett equalised for the home side before Tim Shelley put Doncaster 2-1 ahead a minute later following good work from Josh Oades.

Olton pegged it back to 2-2 straight from the restart following a good move courtesy of an unmarked Edwin Walters.

The remainder of the first half saw both teams create good openings and the second half began in equally open fashion.

Doncaster then began to enjoy more possession and territory, especially when the hosts were reduced to ten men for a ten-minute sin bin offence.

The man advantage had a significant effect on the final quarter of the game as the hosts’ defence began to tire.

Doncaster won more penalty corners and it was Matt Gibson who scored the winner following a rebounded Shelley shot with 11 minutes left on the clock.

The visitors closed out the game in disciplined fashion, keeping their shape. Goalkeeper Ash Watson was called on to make a couple of smart saves, while at the other end Shelley went close to increasing the margin of victory.

Doncaster host Deeside Ramblers on Sunday (2pm).

n Doncaster’s ladies bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to win 3-1 at Leeds.

They have a five-point lead at the top of the North Premier Division.

Kendal visit Town Fields on Saturday (noon).