Hitlton and College clash likely to be a cracker

2013-06-01 00:00

THERE are five hockey matches this morning, all having interest for different reasons. Two of these are in the Midlands, one at St Charles and the other at Hilton. Kearsney, Westville and Glenwood are the venues of the other three matches.

Northwood travel to the capital to play against St Charles. The Durban North team have lost just one game this year, which was against College, whereas St Charles have struggled to win a game. This has made Northwood the top ranked side in the province.

The visitors may take some time to adjust to the slower turf at St Charles and the early stage of the match is where the home side needs to score.

The match at Hilton, where they are hosting Maritzburg College, is the second between the two in just a few weeks. The first game was won by Hilton in a midweek encounter and it was College that had early dominance but could not score more than the one goal. Hilton upped their game in the second half and after they had equalized scored two more goals in the last 12 minutes.

Today on Beckingham, Hilton will have the home support and will want to start better than last time. College will endeavor to make more of their chances created and not let Hilton back into the game. It should be a cracker.

Michaelhouse travel to Westville for a tough encounter. Westville have lost just one game locally and that was against Northwood. They beat the Balgowan lads for the first time last year and will be looking for their second victory against the visitors. Michaelhouse have not been very consistent over the season and if they wish to beat Westville will have to be close to their best this morning.

Kearsney will look forward to their home match against DHS. Rested after their half term last weekend, they will be rearing to go and put their visitors under pressure from early on. DHS have played fewer games and struggled to score goals. Last weekend they did score two goals but opponents St Charles scored six. The week before, the DHS defence did well to prevent Glenwood from scoring more than two goals. This does show some improvement, which they will need to continue today.

Glenwood are hosting Clifton in a game that should go the home side’s way. Despite Clifton gaining experience on a successful tour to England they have struggled against local opposition. Glenwood have lost just two games in arguably their best season of hockey.

Fixtures in brief: St Charles v Northwood; Hilton v Maritzburg College; Westville v Michaelhouse; Kearsney v DHS; Glenwood v Clifton

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