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Hockey: Late derby loss against Wrexham leaves Northop Hall cold

THE freezing conditions may have abated long enough to ensure Northop Hall’s North Wales derby clash with Wrexham Glyndwr took place, but the Flintshire side were put on ice as they lost 3-2.

After two weeks without a match Hall faced Wrexham, who they beat 3-2 in the first game of the season, fully expecting to win again in the North Hockey Men’s League Division Two West.

Both sides playing good quality hockey with Wrexham, as usual, the more physical side.

This time Hall didn’t rise to the bait however and continued to play good, disciplined hockey.

Wrexham opened the scoring with two quickfire goals before the break which left Hall reeling.

But in the second half they pushed higher and stretched Wrexham to breaking point.

Hall opened their account when Nick Critchley picked up a loose clearance and calmly slotted it through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Soon afterwards Hall drew level from their only short corner of the game, Neil Worrall making sure by rifling the ball home with a drag flick.

It looked as if it would end in a draw until Hall were caught out late on.

Hall 2nds fell 5-3 to Lymm in Division Four, an improvement on the 13-0 loss suffered earlier this season.

Ed Iffla bagged a hat-trick for Hall as they took a 3-1 lead but it wasn’t enough.

Llandudno dealt a heavy blow to Hall 3rds as they won 13-0.

Forwards Elliott Harlow and Joe Turner impressed but Hall’s young side were outclassed.

Hall 2nds went through in the North Wales League Cup after beating Llandudno 3-1.

Llandudno started with conviction and pressed hard right from the off, but Hall took the lead 10 minutes in when a scramble in the Llandudno D ended with Nick Critchley pouncing to put away an easy first goal.

In the second half Critchley spotted an unmarked Steve Vale standing on the penalty spot and pinged a hard pass from the byline to Vale who confidently struck the ball straight into the goal.

Then, in the moment of the match, Lewys Taylor drove toward the opposition and beat four players before firing home to seal the result.