Lincolnshire hockey players win county championship

NATIONAL CHAMPS: Lincolnshire Men's Hockey Team.
NATIONAL CHAMPS: Lincolnshire Men's Hockey Team.

Hockey players from Lincolnshire have been crowned County Men’s Champions of England for the first time since 1957.

Last Sunday Lincolnshire Men’s Hockey Team won the England Hockey County Championship for Men at Wakefield Hockey Club.

Lincs, captained by England and Great Britain international Glenn Kirkham, were drawn against the Pool Two winners, Sussex, in their semi-final, which they won 1-0.

Other members included David Appleton, Simon Miles and Jonny Bryan, who all played in the National Champions Lincs Under 21.

In the final Lincolnshire were drawn against Staffordshire for the second time, having disposed of Shropshire in their semi-final.

Staffs started the better and won a number of penalty corners in the first 10 minutes which Lincs defended.

Eventually the tide turned and it was Lincs in the ascendancy when on 11 minutes Appleton was on hand to slip the ball past the Staffs goalkeeper to give Lincs the lead.

They held out well and just before half time doubled their score with a well taken low drag flick from Cunnington at a penalty corner.

After 45 minutes Staffs clawed one back to make it 2–1 through Inderpal Soor, and through Lincs’ first error of poor marking.

David Appleton scored his second after 65 minutes to secure the game for Lincolnshire, with a blistering reverse stick shot into the roof of the net, which the keeper just did not see. The last 10 minutes had Lincs keeping possession and the team carried the spoils to the end as the winners.