UCLan Men’s Hockey stunned by late rally at home to Bangor

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By Jack Wynne

UCLan suffered just their second defeat in what proved to be a shock result as Bangor ran out 3-1 winners.

Midfielder Liam Cassidy said: “Bangor shocked us with how good their hockey was today and we were too complacent throughout the match.”

UCLan started the day as league leaders and strong favourites to gain promotion but this defeat leaves them in a precarious position.

Only a few minutes into the game, Liam Cassidy almost put UCLan in front from a short corner but the opposition keeper was equal to it.

The home side set a high tempo and Liam Cassidy nearly capitalized from another short corner but the keeper had other ideas.

Much against the run of play, Bangor found the net first from close range with just under 10 minutes gone.

UCLan looked for a reply and captain, Matt Geldard provided the answer following in the rebound after another short corner.

Bangor nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time but keeper John Ripley pulled off a stunning save.

Into the second half and defender, Matt Podmore was unlucky not to get on the score sheet when his low drive was blocked.

The next few minutes saw UCLan up against as they managed to scramble the ball away off the goal line.

A period of Bangor dominance culminated in them scoring a second from the penalty spot as the match entered the final stages.

The Welsh side added insult to injury netting a third shortly after from two yards out.

Striker, Andy Harvey found himself with a chance to pull one back one-on-one but tried to be too clever and the keeper smothered it.

UCLan nearly went close when presented with a short corner late on but Liam Cassidy fired wide.

This was the last result everyone expected today and UCLan now need other results to fall their way if they are to seal promotion.

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