Scarborough Hockey Club’s mens second team suffered a 13-0 defeat at Harrogate 5ths in the Yorkshire League Division Six North.
Both teams were looking at cementing themselves near the top of the table but Scarborough were restricted to fielding 10 players.
Scarborough’s main objective was to frustrate Harrogate by soaking up the pressure and use pace for efficient counter-attacks.
First blood went to Harrogate as Scarborough gave the midfield time on the ball to advance and pick out a delightful pass to stretch the defence allowing their striker to roam casually into the box to slot the ball away.
The away side were all at sea and where failing to cope with the speed of the ball been transferred around. Adjustments were made to the shape to become more compact this allowed for Will Palmer, Lewis Walker, Jay Meatheringham and Jordan Healy in midfield to close down Harrogate and force mistakes.
When Harrogate did manage to break through midfield Scarborough’s defence were performing heroics with crunching tackles and long clearances to the sidelines by Michael Waterfield and Tim Erkiert.
Scarborough keeper James McMillan pulled off a series of excellent saves, but as the first half progressed there was a few tired legs and Harrogate took advantage of this with a precise counterattack to double their lead.
Harrogate tinkered with the formation for the second half by rotating the experienced players around with the youth of the team.
The tactic was working a treat as the home midfield where able to bypass the opponents’ midfield with tremendous agility and ball control.
Any hope for the away side was diminished as two quickfire goals were added by precise strikes inside the box.
A pattern was starting to emerge as Harrogate were presented with four successive short corners, which were executed to perfection by the stopper laying the ball off to their midfield to strike past the fingertips of the goalkeeper.
Scarborough did eventually stop the rot occurring, clearing the fifth short corner off the line. The goalfest continued as Harrogate moved into double figures, the pick of the goals a sublime reverse shot into the far right corner.
The visitors were looking for a consolation through Callum Day, who had been working his socks off up front to feed off upcoming balls but was unable to take the chances provided.
Scarborough will be looking to add points after this setback as they entertain fixture Leeds Adel 5ths on Saturday.
Man of the match was Palmer for excellent positioning and tracking back in midfield throughout the match.