Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH SCHOOL BOYS’ U18 HOCKEY TEAM NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONS FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

For the second year running, Sedbergh boys’ U18 hockey team are North of England Champions. After a goalless draw against Wirral Grammar in their opening game, Sedbergh stepped up the intensity in two five minute periods in their next two matches scoring three and two goals respectively in these periods.

Despite dominating the possession against Egglescliffe Sedbergh failed to score in the first 20 minutes and were indebted to Jonny Radcliffe for a fine short corner save.

Eventually, after the entrance of George Barber higher up the pitch and the outstanding George Hill overloading down the right, Sedbergh created several opportunities that were converted; Max Silvester broke the deadlock from close range and Sedbergh then quickly tripled the lead with goals from Chris Sanders and captain Sam Stewart.

A similar pattern emerged against Yarm, who looked dangerous on the break, and again Jonny Radcliffe made a fine short corner save to keep the scores level. Sedbergh eventually took the lead after converting a short corner with James Milburn flicking into the top right-hand corner.

An excellent 40 yard reverse stick pass by Will McHugh was brilliantly deflected by Henry Holdsworth one minute later, giving Sedbergh the position to see out the last five minutes securely and calmly. 

This was another fine effort from the boys who have lifted the trophy for the second season on the trot. Congratulations to Will McHugh on the award of his Colours and captain Sam Stewart on his Dates.

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