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HOCKEY: LINDUM BRING HOME THE BRONZE

, Lindum Hockey Club sent their mixed team down to the home of hockey, Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at the weekend to take part in the Mixed Finals weekend and returned to Lincoln with bronze medals around their necks.

Lindum opened their fixtures with their semi-final against National League opposition in Sevenoaks. They began strongly but it was Sevenoaks who took the lead through captain Duncan Parnis.

He completed his hat-trick inside half an hour after several good attacking spells from Lindum. Max Denniff added a fourth in fortuitous circumstances shortly before half-time. Lindum pulled a goal back early into the second half through Jo Siddans, rounding off a great team move. Lindum came close to a second but it was Sevenoaks who scored next with David Smith neatly finishing from the top of the circle. Parnis added his 4th with 10 minutes to play, the ball just sneaking under goalkeeper Tom Rounsley. A 6-1 defeat for Lindum meant they faced St Albans on Sunday in the 3rd/4th play-off, after they had been beaten 7-1 by Repton.

Despite the early 9.30 start, Lindum began the game brightly with George Johnstone weaving through the St Albans defence to fire over. The early pressure told, as Sam Temple-Baxter slapped in from a penalty corner. Lindum continued to press but their inability to finish allowed St Albans into the game as Alexis Hamilton flicked over Rounsley following a super 1 on 1 save. Lindum restored their lead as Siddans notched again in similar circumstances to her first of the weekend, finishing off a well worked team goal. And the lead was soon doubled as Temple-Baxter fired in from the penalty spot after a deliberate foul by a St Albans defender. Arman Islam slotted in for St Albans after Rounsley had been left to face 2 forwards, but Lindum re-extended their lead as Louie Sadler fired into the top corner following a blocked drag flick attempt from a set play. 4 became 5 as top scorer Robert Johnstone flicked past the St Albans defence.

Sean O’Kelly

sportslinc@hotmail.com

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