Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BACK IN THE GAME; Victory Erases Pain as Boro Roller Squad Thrash Champs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BACK IN THE GAME; Victory Erases Pain as Boro Roller Squad Thrash Champs

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MIDDLESBROUGH Roller Hockey Club had to put their last-gasp league defeat to HBU behind them as the chance of silverware was still very much alive in the form of the National Cup.

Having successfully navigated the earlier rounds, Middlesbrough found themselves up against newly crowned National Division One champions Halifax.

Both teams turned out full-strength sides and, with a place in the final up for grabs, it was no wonder both teams started nervously.

Boro adopted their usual aggressive defensive style but were caught off-guard in attack as Halifax pressed Middlesbrough all over the rink in order to regain possession.

The first five minutes were scrappy as both teams fought for supremacy, neither team finding the back of the net - although that was not due to a lack of chances, as both defences made uncharacteristic mistakes.

The deadlock was broken in the sixth minute by Boro's Sam Kay. Cutting in from behind the goal, he dribbled his way past two defenders and dispatched his chance to give Boro a 1-0 lead.

Halifax remained strong, however, and the game was tightly poised as neither team managed to take control.

With the home support stacked heavily in Halifax's favour they continued to create chances, although Boro stopper Dan Palmer was more than a match for everything which came his way. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes of the first half that Boro managed to get their offensive game flowing. With Halifax beginning to tire, Boro's top goal scorer, Owen Stewart, found the back of the net to make it 2-0. With the half drawing to a close, Halifax seemed to lose concentration just as Boro were going up through the gears. Kay netted once more with John Jones adding a further two, taking the half-time score to 5-0 for Boro.

Boro remained cautious at the start of the second half. …

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