By Jack Wynne
The Men’s Hockey 1st team played through dreadful conditions away to high flying Cumbria and secured all 3 points, winning 3-2 on the day.
Captain Matt Geldard admitted: “It’s a relief to finish the game as victors because early on we didn’t make the most of the conditions and going in 1-1 at half time didn’t fully reflect our dominance.”
The result keeps UCLan at the top of the table, moving 2 points clear of nearest challengers Chester.
Midfielder, Oli Bowen scored the first goal from close range allowing UCLan to take an early lead inside five minutes.
Cumbria made a slow start only managing shots from distance.
Then came a lapse in concentration by UCLan as they conceded a short corner.
Cumbria levelled the scores with a rifling shot into the roof of the net.
Striker Andy Harvey missed a golden opportunity from 2 yards out just before half time.
Into the second half and Phil West’s fierce strike saw UCLan regain the lead.
A series of short corners followed for Cumbria with the first being stopped brilliantly on the line by Oli Hicks.
Cumbria had been dangerous from short corners throughout the match and not long after UCLan had taken the lead they scored their second to draw level.
UCLan then went in search of a winner knowing anything other than three points would seriously dent their chances of promotion.
Another short corner provided a fine opportunity to seal victory and midfielder Liam Cassidy was there producing a fine effort to record an impressive win for UCLan.
After the first round of games following the winter break, UCLan stay top at the table 2 points clear of Chester who they entertain next week at home.