Hockey: Berkswell’s League campaign off to a flyer!

Mens 1st XI – BBCHC 4 (Oliver Stuart-Smith 4) v Atherstone 1

It was glorious Saturday for Berkswell and Balsall Common’s first XI in their East Midlands League Division 1 opener at Westwood Astros against Atherstone Adders.

The opening minutes of the first half provided the Adders with a host of attacking opportunities, but the well organised defensive combination of Dom Herring, Rich Haines, Doug Macklam and Martin Cross combined well to subdue Atherstone’s dangerous and feisty central attacker, although Berkswell’s Neil Palframan was still called into action on several occasions to keep the game level.
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Hockey: Berkswell & Balsall recruiting for new season

Berkswell and Balsall Hockey Club is getting warmed up for the new season and the increasingly successful club is looking for players of all abilities to complement their existing squads. Training has just got underway and the newly promoted Men’s first team play their first friendly today as they build towards their West Midlands Division 1 season opener against Atherston Adders at Westwood Astros on Saturday 2nd October.

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18/04/06 – Hockey Men win Promotion

Doug Macklam writes,

“On 25 March 2006 Berkswell and Balsall’s hockey men found themselves starting the last day of the season in 3rd place needing a second placed finish to win promotion. And after winning their match found themselves sitting through an agonising 2 hour wait as they awaited the result of a clash between the top two sides elsewhere.

Doug Macklam reports on the game and promotion celebrations …
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14/03/06 – Hockey men boost goal difference by 13 goals

Doug Macklam reports on Berkswell & Balsall Common Hockey Club matches played 11/03/2006:

Mens 1st XI
BBCHC 13 (Simon Tite 5, Robin Pick 2, Martin Stevens, Duncan Greenshields, Andy Livingstone, Oliver Talbot, Steve Graham, James Bonell)
Aston University 0

Berkswell got a much needed goal difference boost that could be a crucial promotion decider leading into the final games of the season.

Berkswell menaced Aston University from the off knocking in a quick fire 7 goals in the first 25 minutes including 5 from Simon Tite, the second of which was a stunner that cannoned in off the cross bar. Duncan Greenshields deflected one of Tite’s shots to claim the 6th and Andy Livingstone the 7th, before Berkswell sat back and cantered into the second half comfortably 7-0 in the lead. Despite Tite having to leave Berkswell kept up the pressure with Tite’s replacement Robin Pick picking up 2 and Martin Stevens, Oliver Talbot, Steve Graham and James Bonell grabbing one a piece. Berkswell face a tough double header on Saturday and Sunday but will be going into the game with renewed confidence and vigour.

Ladies 1st XI
BBCBC 1 (Ellie Davis)
Sutton Coldfield 2

In an end to end game Sutton struck twice in the first half from breaking runs. The midfield for both teams worked hard to keep the pressure on with runs up both the left and right wings. Berkswell were unlucky not a get a flick after the Sutton keeper obstructed the ball from the attackers. Shortly into the second half Liz Ness was denied a goal by a fine diving save by Sutton’s keeper. However consistent pressure paid off for Berkswell when a well worked short corner routine from Kate Tyler allowed Ellie Davis to score. Later in the game captain Kate Tyler was unlucky not to convert a penalty flick after Ellie Davis was brought down by the keeper in the D. Sutton kept attacking but hard work from the Berkswell back three kept them at bay. There were no more goals in the second but Kate Stanley and Lisa Yates had chances for the villagers. All in all it was an exciting end to end game with both teams playing well.