Scarborough Hockey Club’s men’s team lost out 6-0 at home to a strong Lincoln side on Saturday.
The hosts were out-classed by a confident, quick-passing Lincoln side.
Scarborough were keen to impress in their first home game of the season but came under pressure from the start. Lincoln took control early with great passing play and strong runs setting up early chances.
Scarborough were limited to counter-attacks whiletired from soaking up the Lincoln pressure.
The hosts’ most influential player in the first half was Matthew Tissington, who put in some strong tackles and broke up the Lincoln attacks, however due to injury they lost the central midfielder midway through the period.
Lincoln didn’t take long to take the lead from a well-placed short corner routine and they made it 3-0 by half-time.
Scarborough were looking to come out in the second half and assert themselves in the game.
For the first 10 minutes of the second half they came out a reformed side, dominating possession and attacking strongly, with striker Aaron Dyson taking up some good positions and almost converting on a few occasions.
Unfortunately the home side’s eagerness to attack left them vulnerable to attack, and when Lincoln’s fourth goal went in Scarborough heads dropped and the game reverted to how it had been in the first half.
Lincoln saw out the win by passing around the back and attacking with great affect, scoring twice more to make it 6-0.
Scarborough will take heart from the promise they showed at the start of the second half, and the fact that captain James Bryant will be back in the team for this week’s trip to Lincoln Roses.
Man of the match was George Haworth for a great defensive display under constant pressure.