Hockey: Alford 2nds win 4-1

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Alford men’s 2nds hockey players travelled to top of the table Horncastle on Saturday and were determined to get a result against their local rivals - especially after having to concede the fixture earlier in the season.

The home side looked organised from the off but Alford soon made themselves known and some excellent hockey saw them take a deserved lead through Chase Maddison.

The ball fell kindly to him in the box, but with his back to goal he still had a lot to do, yet he managed a neat finish through his legs.

If Horncastle thought they were going to get back on level terms they were mistaken, as Alford scored again - sriker in form Chase Maddison getting his second of the game. A short corner was injected to John Fleming who slipped the ball to Scott Masterman before he found Chase to finish the move.

The away supporters could be forgiven for thinking they were dreaming as Shaun Smith danced into the box and fired home to make it 3-0.

In the dying seconds of the first half Horncastle got a short corner of their own and although this was their first real attack on goal they made it count - 3-1, and that’s how the half finished.

The visitors started the second half full of intent and within minutes had a fourth. Another short corner saw the ball passed back to Shaun who fired home for his second.

Alford continued to push forward although an injury to the Horncastle keeper saw a lengthy halt in play while a new keeper was sourced.

“The game finished 4-1 to Alford and it was a thoroughly deserved victory,” said a club spokesperson. “Thanks to the umpires, The Centrepiece for sponsoring us and the Alford supporters!

“On behalf of everyone at Alford I’d like to wish the Horncastle keeper a speedy recovery.”

Team: Arron Webb, Rob Thornalley, John Fleming, Mole Allenson, Ian Simms, Gioiachino Lippolis, Ryan Cook, Daniel Coe, Chay Wood, Scott Masterman (Captain), Jack White, Paul Nickson Chase Maddison, Shaun Smith. Man of the match - Jack White/Shaun Smith.