Hockey: Goal ace Alex Kerly shines for Doncaster

Alex Kerly
Alex Kerly

Doncaster men won their latest National North Conference League game on Sunday 8-2 against Deeside Ramblers, a result which keeps them fourth in the table and improves their goal difference.

Doncaster streaked into a 6-0 first-half lead, with Marcus Hooper and 17-year-old Henry Pymm, with his first National League goal, scoring the first couple within four minutes.

Man of the match Alex Kerly scored his first, making it 3-0, before Andrew Appleton converted a penalty stroke, after Josh Oades had been upended by the Deeside keeper when in a scoring position. Kerly scored his second and third to put the home team in total control at the break.

It was Kerly, just two minutes into the second half, who made it 7-0 after excellent use of the ball found him unmarked in front of goal. Deeside, to their credit, found some rhythm, in part due to one or two Doncaster visits to the sin-bin, and started to apply their first real pressure. This led to Ed Peel netting their first goal.

Doncaster were not prepared to lay down and play out the remainder of the game and stepping up again for Johnny Powell to score goal of the game, after another excellent move, diving full length past the dejected Deeside keeper. The scoring was completed by Deeside’s Will Rowley with eight minutes left.

Doncaster’s Jonathon Redfern was presented with a special award moments after the game as he recently became the first Doncaster player to reach the milestone of 250 National League caps, a total spanning 17 seasons.

The result leaves Doncaster one point behind third -laced Durham University, who they meet in a fortnight. Next week sees Doncaster travel to second-placed Bowden, hoping to reverse this season’s earlier meeting which Bowden won 3-2.