Hockey: Men's second team secure promotion


Alderley Edge Men's 2nd Team wrapped up the North Division 2 (West) title when they defeated Liverpool Sefton 1st Team 2-0 on Saturday and took the teams unbeaten run to 20 games.

The win also achieved the team's 4th promotion in six years and the club will now have a team in each of the top 2 leagues in the North next season.

Alderley achieved the win despite missing three key players and were grateful to a James Riley save early on whilst they were still getting into the game.

The match changed when captain Julian Scarsbrook rolled back the years with a skilful run through the heart of the Liverpool defence before teeing up Andrew Wood who beat the keeper with a well struck shot.

This settled Alderley down and they dominated from then on. Jack Smith added the second with a neat spin round the keeper after being picked out in the D by Sam Buckingham's fine pass.

The lead allowed Alderley to control play throughout the second half and they let several opportunities go including a number of penalty corners, but with Liverpool posing no real goal threat Alderley saw out time to collect the points and seal the title.

Match report by James Riley.

Alderley Edge Hockey Club, Hockey