Hockey: Doncaster hit Ramblers for eight | Ladies stun leaders

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Doncaster moved up to fifth in the men’s Conference North after an entertaining 8-3 win at home to Deeside Ramblers, writes Matt Goodwin.

The scoring started almost from the off with Andy Appleton and Travis Cresswell putting the hosts 2-0 up within nine minutes.

Deeside hit back immediately through a well worked Andy Hayton goal, but Doncaster quickly regained their two-goal cushion from a Joe Morrison penalty stroke.

The visitors, however, continued to press and they were rewarded with a second goal after 23 minutes from the dangerous Umer Bhutta.

By now the game was a very open affair but it was Doncaster who extended their lead through Alex Kerly, giving the home side a 4-2 lead at the break.

The feeling at half time was the scoring was far from over.

And so it proved, but not before Doncaster keeper Dave Overton had saved a penalty stroke early in the second half.

Morrison and Kerly both got on the scoresheet again to give Doncaster some breathing space.

The visitors continued to attack and pulled another one back through Hayton after 49 minutes.

But further strikes from Morrison, whose hat trick leaves him top scorer in the division, and Appleton sealed an 8-3 victory.

The Town Field club, who have won three and lost three upon their return to the National League, travel to league leaders Bowden on Saturday.

n Doncaster’s ladies stunned North Division leaders Springfields to record their third straight win.

Saturday’s 4-3 victory saw Doncaster go fourth in the table.