Scarborough lose out in opener

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Scarborough Men’s Hockey team kicked off their Yorkshire division two season with a 5-1 defeat at Wakefield.

Scarborough fielded a large squad for their first game of the season however victory was far from within their reach against one of the largest clubs in the UK on an unfamiliar playing surface.

The game started off at a quick pace, with equal possession from both sides.

Wakefield spent the majority of the first half in Scarborough’s final third, and with some quick passing and several short corners, they managed to go one up early on.

Scarborough defended well and tried for some quick counter-attacks with no success.

Tim Allison made some great saves early on to deny a confident Wakefield attack on several occasions.

A short corner towards the end of the first half saw James Bryant feed a ball to Jonny Scott at the near post to put away Scarborough’s first goal of the season.

Scarborough started to look sharper but were put down after Wakefield’s second goal of the half which was the result of a well-placed drag flick from a short corner.

The half time break was well needed by some of the Scarborough players, however pre-season fitness training had certainly paid off for those who trained throughout the summer.

At the start of the second half it was evident that Wakefield had found their footing, passing the ball around well and using the bouncy water-based pitch to their advantage putting away another two goals.

Scarborough’s left midfielder Jonny Scott came close to putting away another goal at the post, but it was to no avail due to a quick-paced ball in mid-air.

James Bryant and Ben Howarth both put in strong performances, while Pete Bray played the majority of the game with a broken ankle, showing true dedication to the club.

Wakefield secured their win with a late goal after Scarborough’s heads had dropped.