Hockey: Doncaster’s men on cloud nine after Alderley triumph

Tim Shelley in action against Bowdon. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Tim Shelley in action against Bowdon. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Doncaster made it two wins out of two in the Northern Premier Division with a comfortable 9-3 win at home to Alderley Edge.

However, Richard Thomas’s side saw their National Cup hopes fall at the first hurdle following a 6-2 defeat against Premier Division outfit Bowdon.

The Town Field men were quick out of the blocks on Saturday and stunned Alderley by racing into a 4-0 lead.

Alex Kerly broke the deadlock, turning in from close range, before quick fire goals from skipper Tim Shelley, Jonathan Redfern and Kerly with his second gave the hosts breathing space.

Doncaster took their foot of the gas in the closing stages of the first half and allowed the visitors to halve the deficit.

But they began the second half on the froot foot and quickly put the game to bed thanks to a lovely individual goal from Marcus Hooper, and further open play goals from Shelley, Josh Barras and Muhammed Nadeem.

Alderley were rewarded for some good play at the base line when they added a late consolation but there was still time for Nadeem to fire home Doncaster’s ninth from a penalty corner.

Goals from Hooper and Dan Legg, meanwhile, proved to be in vain as Doncaster exited the National Cup on Sunday, beaten 6-2 at home to Bowdon.

The men travel to Ben Ryhdding on Saturday in the Northern Premier.

n Doncaster’s ladies slipped to a second successive Conference North defeat as they went down 5-0 at Stourport.