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Ben Brown and Ben Eagles boost Newark Hockey Club men's firsts to 2-0 win over Mansfield seconds


By Connor Thompson


GOALS from Ben Eagles and Ben Brown fired Newark Hockey Club’s men’s 1sts to victory as they ran out 2-0 winners against Mansfield 2nds.

With both teams needing a win, the game started with high energy, before Newark settled down and opened the scoring through Eagles from a penalty corner.

Having cleared an effort off the line, Newark went up the other end and scored a second.

BEN BROWN (green) hit Newark’s second in the men’s 1sts 2-0 win over Mansfield.
BEN BROWN (green) hit Newark’s second in the men’s 1sts 2-0 win over Mansfield.

This time it was Brown who scored from the penalty corner.

Nottingham 2nds were too much to handle for the men’s 2nds, who were on the back foot from the start in their 6-1 loss.

Having conceded an early goal, Newark were then on the wrong side of two deflections, which saw back-to-back goals for Nottingham.

The second-half picked up where the first left off and Newark conceded another three goals.

Dave Fellows scored a consolation for Newark, which saw him successfully go one-on-one and beat the Nottingham keeper.

Newark’s busy goalkeeper Robbie Robertshaw was once again awarded man-of-the-match following an incredible performance.

The ladies’ 1sts found success in their fixture against Belper as a spirited team performance led them to a 4-1 win.

Sarah Pask’s opened the scoring before Shanade Bradley doubled Newark’s lead as the ladies went on to hit four first-half goals without reply.

In the second-half, Newark conceded a penalty corner, which led to a goal from Belper, but the hosts held the lead.

University of Nottingham 2nds defeated the ladies’ 2nds 5-1, in a fiercely contested tie that saw Newark concede three second-half goals.

The university side took the lead in the 15th minute and doubled the lead before half-time.

In quick succession the Nottingham side added two goals from open play and a fifth from a penalty corner followed.

As Newark pushed for a goal, Ann Crocket Mclean was joined by Newark’s wingers and Sara Jackson in having an effort on target.

Jackson’s, the last of those efforts, found a defender’s foot on the goal-line and a penalty flick was awarded, which Anna Hall slotted in to give Newark a consolation.

The men’s over 40s side built on their victory over West Bridgford as they beat Long Sutton 4-0 in the England Hockey Tier three knockout competition.

Steve Littlewood got the breakthrough for Newark and the lead was doubled by Ben Brown’s short corner.

Simon Higgs then forced an own goal from a Sutton player after smashing the ball goalwards from a tight angle, before Arran Coggan rounded off the scoring.

A straightforward 3-1 win over Repton Vikings saw the mixed adults move into the second round of the Mixed Cup.

A first-half goal from Sarah Pask was followed by Kian Hunter and Tricia Trafford as Newark secured the victory.



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