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A last minute break hands Timperley their second league defeat
7:30pm Monday 29th October 2012 in Sport
STOCKPORT Road held yet another local derby between hosts Timperley and rivals, Brooklands Hockey Club.
The game was expected to be what all hockey fanatics love; fast pace, fierce and fuelled with goal scoring play.
Newly signed, Brad King, was hoping to have the upper hand on his previous club of more than 20 years. It was safe to say there was the feeling of anticipation for this fixture.
Unfortunately for the Stockport Road fans who had turned up to watch, there was neither pace nor a display of impressive goal scoring.
The game began and both teams locked horns. Timperley began strong and had several chances on goal, but lacked any finishing qualities.
Three penalty corners wasted and it slowly begun to be one of those days for the boys in blue.
Likewise at the opposing end, Brooklands struggled to find their feet and the skills which had established them as one of the league's most threatening teams.
It wasn't until some untidy defending from Timperley where Brooklands were able to showcase this skill as they broke ahead of the back four a smoothly slotted a shot, low into the corner of goalkeeper, Chris Heaton's. goal. Brooklands took this lead into the break and entered the second half at 1-0.
From the break it was clear that Timperley had covered the areas where it was going wrong in the previous 35 and from the off were creating chances. After a scrappy fight for possession in the visitors' goal mouth, the ball fell to Timperley forward Wez who was able to put the ball across the goal line. 1-1.
The final 10 minutes of the game saw a lack of structure from Timperley and the visitors began piling on the pressure, creating chance after chance. Superb saves from Heaton had stopped the visitors from taking the lead but there is only so much one man can do. Brooklands took the lead in the final minute with a penalty corner and put the game to rest. The final whistle sounded and three points had fallen from the home side's hands.
Timperley next week travel to league leaders Oxton who are yet to drop any points.