Hockey: Doncaster 2 Belper 2

Joe Morrison
Joe Morrison

Doncaster had to settle for a point against struggling Belper at Town Fields.

Coach Alan Stoves had warned his team of a potential banana skin against the side joint bottom of the table following their excellent result at Sheffield a week previously.

And, so it transpired, as Belper dominated the early stages of the game and claimed a deserved share of the spoils.

The visitors began the game brightly and created several good openings and penalty corners.

It was only the heroics of man-of the-match keeper Dave Overton that kept the scores level for the first 20 minutes, although it was Doncaster who came closest to opening the scoring when their first penalty corner attempt came back off the bar.

However, it was Belper who scored after 25 minutes when Matthew Hickman finished off a neat move.

Doncaster could not complain going into the interval 1-0 down but they came out much sharper for the second period.

Immediately they won a series of penalty corners, with Joe Morrison converting for his 16th league goal in just 13 games.

Clearly galvanised, the Town Field men soon went ahead when Vaughn Bowen slid in the second following exceptional work from Travis Cresswell who ran 60 yards before squaring to Bowen.

Both sides lost several players to the sin bin at different stages and Belper were allowed to throw men forward when they had the numerical supremacy.

Like the first half they created good openings on the counter attack and Tom Ryland scored a deserved equaliser.

Doncaster remain third in the table after the teams immediately below them all dropped points. Although a draw against a team at the foot of the table was seen as two points dropped, it also stretched Doncaster’s unbeaten league run to six games.

Stoves’ men travel to Loughborough Students on Sunday. The Students are fifth in the table, two points behind Doncaster.