18/01/05 – Hockey – Berkswell humbled by mighty West Brom

Doug Macklam, Berkswell & Balsall’s club captain reports on matches played on 15/01/05:

Mens 1st XI
Berkswell & Balsall Common 1
West Bromwich 11

The first game after the Christmas break saw Berkswell play host to league leaders West Bromwich. In a physically brutal encounter the scoreline flattered the visitors with Berkswell putting in a more than adequate performance for the majority of the game.

After conceding under some early pressure Berkswell found their footing winning equal possesion and attacking the opposition goal but succumbed to 4 goals by the half time whistle. In the second half the side was slightly weakened by injury and previous commitments but batttled valiantly in the face of a further barrage of 7 goals.

Despite winning a number of penalty corners none could be converted and several goal chances went begging, the eventual concellation was a penalty flick slotted calmly home by Steve Graham after Doug
Macklam was gratuitously hacked down in the D.

Despite the scoreline an improved performance was shown by Berkswell and will be hoping to build on the positives in coming weeks.

Mens 2nd XI
Berkswell & Balsall Common 0
Old Sillhillians 5

Ladies 1st XI
Berkswell & Balsall Common 2
Solihull Blossomfield 3

Report by Doug Macklam