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Saturday, 11 February 2017 16:27 Written by 

CABSC Stingrays 17 – Hucknall Masters 16     Monday 13th Feb 2017

The Nottinghamshire League Knock out Cup 1st round saw Stingrays entertain Hucknall Masters who finished in the top three of the league in last season so it was never going to be an easy game.  With the Stingrays trying to utilise their speed and fitness in the 1st quarter the teams seemed equally matched and were level pegging at the end of the second quarter.  In the 3rd Quarter though it turned and the Stingrays quickly gave away three easy goals to the Hucknall centre forward Siddons who was on top form. Then the Stingrays quickly hit back with a superb finish from Musson who had worked hard all game. Shots from Henesey, Captain Tom Carrington and Musson were saved by ex GB keeper Wall and Stingrays struggled to break the deadlock, Leveridge flicked one wide and the wood work saved Hucknall again. Going in to the final quarter Leveridge and Bendelow who had struggled hard all game to defend against a strong and well drilled attack had ended up picking up 2 majors each.  The teams fought hard and Stingrays were one up at the end of the last quarter,  another exclusion and Hucknall called a time out with 40 seconds left in the game Andy Johns fired over the outstretched Welch in goals and Stingrays got the ball back with 10 seconds on the clock, a quick time out for Stingrays and all they needed to do was hold on.  With the clock ticking and Sztejer and Bendelow holding on to possession on half way the clock ticked down and the final whistle went for Stingrays to come out winners 17 – 16.

A great game and hard fought, Hucknall were the dominant team in places however the determination and team spirit of the Stingrays team is superb going into this season and showed throughout the match.

Next game is away vs Southwell on the 23rd at Djanogly Leisure Centre.

Squad: Neil Welch, John Musson, Wayne Cummings, Paul Bendelow, Joe Leveridge, James Sztejer, Tom Carrington (C), Charlie Henesey, Toby Petchell, Paul Bleackley, Jack Hill, Sintjin Ansley, William Holmes. 

 

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