September 26th, 2016

Big win for Kingfishers

Big win for Kingfishers Big win for Kingfishers
Redditch Hockey Club's men's first team: Back row, left to right - Pete Dawson, Dan Jakeman, Tom Dunkley, Dan Waite, Harry Capewell, Will Moss, Jacob Beard, Jonny Styzaker. Front row - Callum Pace, Ben Haresign, Ben Bryant, Andrew Billingham, Adrian Young. Picture 0916008ABR1.
Updated: 2:18 pm, Mar 01, 2016

REDDITCH boosted their West Midlands Division One promotion hopes with a 6-1 home victory over Pershore on Saturday.

Having stuttered in their pursuit of promotion, the Kingfishers knew nothing but victory would do if they wished to keep alive their hopes of a top two finish and they rose to the challenge in style against their fifth placed visitors.

From the off Redditch piled on the pressure as they created chances and dominated possession and the first goal came from their top scorer Harry Capewell.

This was followed shortly afterwards by a reverse stick strike from Jacob Beard, for whom it was a first goal of the season.

Redditch continued to pressurise the Pershore defence in the second half and they made it 3-0 when Capewell lifted the ball over the keeper following some good play in the opposition D.

He bagged his hat-trick later on with a powerful drag flick from a short corner before Beard doubled his tally for the game and the season when he scored with another reverse stick effort.

Andy Billingham bagged Redditch’s sixth goal before the visitors from south of the county managed to net a consolation goal.

Fourth placed Redditch visit Newtown on Saturday knowing victory will lift them to within two points of second placed West Bromwich with a game in hand and set up a potentially decisive clash at home to third placed Leamington on March 12.