Scarborough men’s hockey team looked much more confident on Saturday at Huddersfield Dragons, earning a 2-2 draw at one of the largest clubs in the region.
From the first whistle, the away side looked strong, keeping much of the possession and passing the ball around quickly and fluently.
Scarborough’s aim in this match was to work on keeping the ball, pass around the back and create space. They did this seamlessly for the first 15 minutes leaving Huddersfield with very little of the ball. A quick counter-attack against the run of play created a chance for Huddersfield, which was unsuccessful, but resulted in a penalty corner for the home team which was converted to put the Dragons in front.
This only made Scarborough more hungry, and with some quick passing down the right and a dummy pass from Chris Tait, Jonny Scott scored his second goal of the season with a well-placed hit to the bottom corner.
Ben Howarth ran the midfield brilliantly with the best work-rate seen from the midfielder this season, the man of the match constantly hassled the opposition forcing mistakes and in turn, creating chances for Scarborough.
Phil Bell, at centre-forward, bagged his first goal of the season with some strong technical work in the opposition’s D making it 2-1 to Scarborough at half-time.
The second half was a similar story for the away team, keeping majority possession and shifting the ball around better than any of the other games this season so far. Scarborough created more chances and won two short corners, but to no avail.
The away team maintained the fast pace for the majority of the second half but lack of fitness and tiredness due to the travelling to West Yorkshire showed towards the end of the game, which opened up a chance for Huddersfield on the counter, successfully converted by a superb hit from the Dragons’ experienced attack, leaving the Scarborough keeper Tim Allison helpless, despite saving some great shots previously.
Sam Pottage held the defence up well and Rob Wilcockson played a strong first game of the season. Salim Elbalamouni is proving to be a dangerous attacking figure also for the Scarborough side, utilising his pace to win the ball up front and make space.
This was an overall strong performance from Scarborough and a good result away from home has raised the spirits within the club.
James Bryant, Scarborough’s skipper, is now back and should ensure a better performance in the coming weeks.