Scarborough Hockey Club men’s team suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of a strong Leeds Adel side on Saturday.
From the beginning of the match Scarborough were the weaker side, missing their skipper James Bryant, their starting right-back Pete Bray and the valuable central midfielder Matthew Tissington.
The visitors looked great at times, with fluent passing and some well-timed runs made from the wings, testing the strong home defence on a few occasions.
Consistency however was Scarborough’s downfall this week, when the visitors started to look strong, it would soon be stopped by the fit, technical midfield from Leeds.
Scarboroug goal keeper Tim Allison made some great saves as usual, but the number of shots put at the keeper meant that by the law of averages, goals were to be conceded.
Leeds knocked in two early goals, and held the majority of the possession throughout the first half, Scarborough tried to salvage what they could of the little possession they had with some great link-up work with Ben Howarth, Michael Humphries and Chris Tait in the middle. Nick Thompson made some strong runs down the right and threatened Leeds on a couple of occasions but to no avail, with Leeds scoring another counter-attacking goal towards the end of the first half.
At half-time, the Scarborough team were tired, mainly due to lack of position discipline.
With several of the team playing out of position. the visitors needed to slow the game down and keep possession.
The rest of the game was a similar story to the preceding half. Leeds enjoying most of the possession with the visitors making the odd threat when they enjoyed a little bit of the ball.
Leeds were to place another four goals past the tired Scarborough team, with the visitors only testing the Leeds keeper twice with a well-defended short corner struck by Jonny Scott and with some threatening runs from the wings.
It was not all doom and gloom for the Scarborough team though, as two promising debuts were made by Salim Elbalamouni and man of the match Mike Waterman.