Newent played a marvellous game, sharing points with Cardiff in the tense local derby match. Cardiff continue their battle for promotion, but Newent stopped them from claiming victory with a solid display of teamwork and defensive skill. Keeper Paul Etheridge was particularly memorable for his fine saves, which kept Cardiff from making more of a mark on the score sheet.
Newent took an early lead with a penalty corner scored by Ben Spilsbury. However, it became 1-1 by half time as Cardiff managed to secure their equaliser. In the second half, Spilsbury made it 2-1 with another superb shot set up neatly by Rich Hartley. Towards the end of the match, a penalty to Cardiff saw the final score draw level at 2-2 and the teams shared the points.
Man of the Match
Newent centre-back Jon Card was awarded Man of the Match in this exciting game thanks to his firm performance at the back. One of the most important aspects of the display was his solid defensive play, which no doubt was perfected using defensive field hockey drills on the practice pitch. By putting in the hours in training, Newent managed to retain a much-needed point on match day.
There are many hockey drills available online for hockey teams looking to defend at the highest level, such as those available at http://www.sportplan.net/. These drills offer players the chance to practise set pieces, ball skills, technique and positioning in order to perfect set pieces and ensure they are prepared for all eventualities during a match.
High-quality hockey drills are used at all levels of competition from school games to international tournaments, such as the Champions Trophy at Lee Valley in London on 18th June this year. As the BBC reports, the GB women’s team will play defending champions Argentina on the first day of the tournament. In competitions such as these, sophisticated training drills can be used to get an edge over the competition.
Whether a team is playing at the local, national or international level, training drills all serve to help players practice new skills, improve technique, and develop a greater understanding of the game. Training drills will be used by Newent throughout the season and the GB team throughout the Champion’s Trophy competition in June.