Hockey: Missed chances prove costly

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Milton Keynes 2nds were left to rue missed chances after they drew 1-1 at home to Witney on Saturday.

The home side, hoping to bounce back from a poor display last week did so almost immediately, flying out of the traps. Striker Dave Breuilly knocked the ball past the Witney keeper to make it 1-0 after excellent work down the left by Jack Luther.

It was one way traffic for most of the half but MK lacked the killer instinct.

Witney came into the game in the second half and took advantage of a tiring MK side.

With the game opening up, the next goal would be crucial, but it fell to Witney. The visitor’s striker lifted the ball over keeper Sam Spencer to level.

MK pushed to regain the lead but as with other games this season, a lack of a clinical edge cost them, with the game finishing 1-1.

A sloppy first half on and off the ball during a downpour cost the Men’s 3rds as they lost 4-2 at home to Henley 2nds.

Slipping 4-0 down, Russell Brazier pulled one back before half time, and added his second in the second half in a much improved performance, but it wasn’t enough to rescue the result.

The Ladies 2nds celebrated a 1-0 win over Abingdon 1sts.

There were plenty of short corners for both teams but none were converted until Lisa Kavanagh made it 1-0.

The second half was more even with the MK defence under more pressure and Janet Millar saving a goal on the line during a short corner.

But MK absorbed the pressure to hold on for the win.

The Ladies 3rds couldn’t recover from their slow start against Phoenix and Ranelagh 1st, losing 1-0 after conceding an early goal.