Hockey: Doncaster quick on the draw after defensive wobbles

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Doncaster were held to their second successive draw as they shared ten goals in a 5-5 thriller at Oxton.

The Town Field men remain unbeaten in their quest to bounce back to the National League at the first attempt, with three wins and two draws from their opening five games in the Northern Division.

However, defensive frailties cost Doncaster dearly on Saturday, with skipper Tim Shelley insistent they will have to tighten up at the back to gain promotion.

Strikes from Marcus Hooper and Jonathan Redfern put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

Dan Legg cancelled out two Oxton goals to level it at 3-3 but another sloppy goal saw the hosts re-take the lead.

Matt Gibson and player coach Reg Thomas found the net to turn the game on its head again but another long ball through the Doncaster defence led to Oxton making it 5-5.

Shelley said: “It was a game we should have comfortably won. If we’ve got aspirations of promotion then we need to tighten up as a defensive unit.”

Doncaster host bottom side Gateshead on Saturday (2pm).

Doncaster’s ladies lost 5-1 at home to Brooklands Poynton. They host Loughborough on Saturday (noon).