Hockey: Middleton & Bognor rocked by Rocks

Middleton & Bognor seconds continued their dismal run of form as they went down 4-0 to Brighton Rocks in one of only a few local hockey games to beat the weather.

Still searching for their first win, Middleton’s defensive frailties were highlighted by the quicker and more structured visitors.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession, the home side could not convert it into goals. Middleton conceded goals at regular intervals but the home side’s work-rate could not be criticised as they continued to press until the last minute.

Middleton found set-pieces difficult to deal with as the Rocks’ counter-attacking style paid dividends.

The visitors were solid in defence and potent in attack as each attack produced a shot on target or a goal.

Worthing Wolves 2 Chi Cherubs 3

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The Cherubs got their game played, despite many pitches being frozen.

The match began in an even fashion but a lack of discipline at the back allowed Worthing to break away for the first goal.

Hetherington in goal was rarely troubled after this, unlike the Worthing goalie, who made repeated saves.

Troy, Hutchings and Donaldson commanded the midfield with good support from J Palmer, Stemp and Creswick. B Palmer cleared up loose balls with authority.

Guest player Gleeson demonstrated strong running and communication.

But it was the young forwards who stole the show.

Fine skills from Robson and Woodruff set up Pendle for his first.

And man of the match Shaw was instrumental in a goal for Woodruff and a second for Pendle.

Another breakaway goal for Worthing was the only blemish on an excellent day.