Martongate into finals for the seventh year

Martongate School hockey team
Martongate School hockey team

Martongate School were so dominant at the North East finals of a national hockey competition, that their goalkeeper did not have a single shot to save during their four games.

While Eugene Gray enjoyed a quiet afternoon, his team-mates were busy and ensured the Bridlington team qualified for the North of England finals of the National In2Hockey Championships for the seventh year.

Martongate travelled to St Peter’s School in York last Tuesday, where they were representing Humberside.

Ten teams from the North East of England competed in two leagues. Martongate’s first match was against St Olave’s School from North Yorkshire.

Martongate dominated the opening few minutes and soon found themselves ahead through a well taken goal by Shane Tyers. After some good quick, accurate passing from the team, Arnie Tindall added another to secure the match 2-0.

The boys then took to the field against Hill House School from Doncaster.

The team started as they had finished the first match, dominating the play and Joe Pratley took command of the centre midfield supplying the forwards with accurate passes to produce goal scoring opportunities.

Riley Potts was soon on the scoresheet, followed closely by a fine strike from Tom Manson. Josh Davey created space on the right and once again after good interlinking play Manson added another.

Potts then ran after a long through ball that looked as if it was going out of play. He managed to control the ball and on the dead ball line with his reverse stick pushed the ball through the narrowest of gaps to score his second to complete a 4-0 win.

The third game of the pool was against St Michael’s Primary School of Durham, and Martongate spent most of the game in their attacking D.

The forwards kept the St Michael’s keeper very busy and any attack from the opposition was dealt with confidently by Bailey Smithson, but the result was a 0-0 draw.

The final game of the pool matches was against Scarborough College and the team were determined to get back to scoring habits and it wasn’t long before Potts scored.

After a display of good passing, he added another as Martongate won 2-0.

This meant that Martongate and St Michaels were equal on points but Martongate won the pool with +8 goal difference compared to St Michael’s’ +5.

Deputy headteacher Di Levitt said: “The team should be extremely proud of themselves.

“After last year’s disappointment they have worked hard to get these results as a team and can now go and enjoy the finals in Leeds in the knowledge that they have a fantastic record so far in the competition, scoring 31 goals and conceding 2 during match play.

The North of England finals are to be played next Tuesday at Leeds University.