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Mens 3rd XI - Match centre

St Neots 5
Kettering 3
Sat 14 Oct 16:00 - East Men's Hockey League - Division 6NW (S) Full time

Double Smart win for Men's 3rd XI

Convincing win maintains impressive run

Kettering Men's 3rd XI travelled to St Neots 5 hoping to continue from where they left off last week. This ambition was duly achieved as the visitors took control of the game from the outset.
After a period of sustained pressure, Kettering put together a slick passing move down the right flank. Paul Brooker and Ethan Smart were involved in the build up which led to a cross in from Tom Storey. Geoff Elliott timed his run into the circle perfectly and his pinpoint finish left the St Neots keeper (doubling up from their 1st team) no chance.
Kettering continued to dominate and Smart came close to doubling the lead but his reverse stick shot was narrowly wide. Ben York went foraging down the left wing and his run into the circle forced a sliding save from the keeper. The visitors got the second goal they deserved after more great play down the right. This time Ben Smith turned provider and his cross found Smart in space. He coolly slotted underneath the keeper to give Kettering a 2-0 lead at the interval.
In the second half St Neots upped their game but still did not threaten to score. Kettering keeper Ray Norwood was a spectator throughout the match. Kettering looked dangerous all over the pitch - Adam Mills and York down the left, Jacob Tattersall pulling the strings in central midfield and Smith, Brooker and Storey probing down the right.
The third goal for Kettering came after great strength and perseverance from York. He released Brooker who slid the ball through to Storey. Smart was on hand to get his second with a lifted finish past the stranded St Neots keeper.
The visitors kept pushing forward and skipper Neil Manley fired narrowly wide after a surging run. Following a short corner routine, Storey had the chance to get on the scoresheet but his effort was beaten away.
It finished 3-0 in the end, a very composed and professional performance from a young team. Next week, Kettering host St Ives 4.

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Team selection

Norwood, Ray Norwood, Ray
Smith, Ben Smith, Ben
Coleman, Don Coleman, Don
Smart, Graham Smart, Graham
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Storey, Tom Storey, Tom
Elliot, Geoff Elliot, Geoff
Manley, Neil Manley, Neil
York, Ben York, Ben
Tanser, Harry Tanser, Harry
Brooker, Paul Brooker, Paul

League round up

Other Division 6NW (S) results

St Ives 5
St Ives 4
Cambridge South 4
Cambridge South 5


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Cambridge South 4 18 47
2. Kettering 3 18 40
3. St Ives 4 18 36
4. Cambridge Nomads 3 18 36
5. Ely City 2 18 33
6. Cambridge South 5 18 22
7. St Ives 5 18 19


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