Hockey: Woodcock secures deserved point for Tunbridge Wells

Hockey: Woodcock secures deserved point for Tunbridge Wells

TUNBRIDGE WELLS Men are finding life tough in the South Premier League Division One and were held to their second successive hard-fought draw in a row at Tonbridge School.

The first half started slowly for Wells as their fellow Kent club piled on pressure from the start. They were rewarded with a penalty stroke after breaking into the circle following a turnover in midfield.

The goal seemed to settle the home side and the contest became more even. But it was the visitors who scored again, doubling their lead from a short corner.

Brom-Becks looked to apply further pressure but overstretched themselves, and after a swift counter-attacking move involving Jack French and Sam Clarke-Knowles, Ben Allberry slotted the ball into the net to reduce the deficit before the interval.

Wells came out of the blocks fast after half-time and managed to exert sustained pressure on the visitors.

But it was not all one-way traffic, and only an outstanding save by James Harris kept Wells in the contest.

The visitors’ discipline deteriorated as the game wore on, and Brom Becks saw two of their players subject to a temporary suspension.

Wells capitalised, and a well worked high press on the visitors’ defence saw the ball picked up in the air by Clarke-Knowles.

After a swift move through the forwards, Oli Woodcock slid the ball into an empty net to level the scores and earn a well deserved point.

Wells, in eighth place with just one win, now pay a visit to Oxford University at Iffley Road on Saturday [November 3, 12.30pm start].

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