Back to business for players at Newark Hockey Club, Southwell Brincliffe United and South Notts, of Bingham
A degree of normality has returned to the local hockey scene says Newark president Tim Burch.
It follows the start of competitive ladies league hockey, which got under way on Saturday, while this weekend, men’s action will burst back into life.
Newark Hockey Club president Burch said: “We are really pleased that England Hockey progressed to level five, which means normal play and league matches can return.
“Everybody at the club has been looking forward to getting back at it and we are all hoping the season will go right through to the end.”
Burch said the club’s youth sides are also enjoying competitive matches again after hosting a tournament at their Magnus base last weekend.
“We started as normal, and yes, everything has a degree of normality at the minute, which is great,” said Burch. “We are all delighted.”
Euan Temple, ladies first team manager at Bingham-based South Notts Hockey Club, said: “The players are really keen and excited to get going again.
“Most had been doing solo running training in the summer evenings to maintain or boost fitness and that has really been evident in the play so far.”
Newark's ladies’ 1sts opened their account in the Nottinghamshire Women’s League with a 5-1 victory over Beeston 4ths as they target promotion following last year’s disappointing season.
Ellie Smith’s drag flick gave Newark an early lead before defender Anna Hall surprisingly added a second from a penalty corner.
Katherine Hawkins claimed a third goal from open play as Newark took the lead into half-time.
Despite the good efforts of goalkeeper Sophie Chambers, Beeston pulled one back, but Newark responded with two quick-fire efforts from Smith and Sara Jackson.
The ladies 2nds put in a strong team performance as they opened their league account with a 1-0 win over a Beeston 5th side with an early goal from Hannah Beckett.
The 3rds played out a goalless draw with Ashfield Aztecs in their league opener, while the 4ths fell to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Redhill 2nds.
Georgia Sheldon and Hannah Sheldon were the scorers for the 4ths.
Matchday and training guidance published by governing body England Hockey states players are not allowed to get into team huddles, share dug outs or celebrate in close contact.
Social distancing rules are only allowed to be broken while the ball is in play.