NORTHERN men’s first XI had a disappointing 3-1 defeat on Saturday at Neston South Wirral.
A lacklustre opening half from the travelling Sky Blues coupled with a few mistakes at both end of the pitch meant that Northern were defeated 3-1.
Despite one of Northern’s worst halves of the season they only went in a goal behind after a well-worked penalty corner. Whilst only trailing by a goal Northern knew they were in with a chance.
A much better start to the second period saw them equalise when Andy Halpin lifted the ball over the advancing keeper and made it 1-1.
Northern, now in the ascendancy had great opportunities to take the lead but both Tom Pfeiffer and Alex March were unable to convert their chances in a sustained spell of pressure.
Northern were punished at the other end when midway through the second half, Neston South Wirral scored from another penalty corner.
The game became wide open for the final 15 minutes as Northern pushed for not only an equaliser but also a winner.
However, with the Crosby side throwing men forward they left themselves short at the back and the home team got a third in the dying minutes to put the game beyond doubt.
After the game, captain Anthony Symondson was disappointed his side couldn’t record another victory.
“I felt that the number of injuries we have in the squad currently really showed today and we looked a tired side at times today,” he said.
“We have played the last few games with just 11 men but have played very well in those games and really put in maximum effort.
“Unfortunately today we couldn’t make it three wins from three. However, we won’t dwell on this result and will take the positives from the game of which there were plenty.”
Northern aim to get back to winning ways when they travel to Stockport Bramhall on Saturday.
ALTHOUGH having lost 1-0 on Saturday, Northern’s second team can be proud of a much better performance this week after their previous shocking loss against Mossley Hill.
Good, solid performances were seen from all players and although not able to score there was some good team play throughout the game.
The men’s second XI also had a Sunday game away to a difficult Kendal side. Unfortunately Northern could only get a small and weakened squad for the game and expecting a heavy defeat they put in an incredible solid performance narrowly losing the clash 2-1.
Northern went 1-0 up in the first half through a well-worked goal slotted home by captain for the day, Will Edwards.
As the game wore on the opposition were unable to break down a resolute defence.
In the second half Northern had to soak up a great deal of pressure and unfortunately conceded two goals to trail 2-1.
Northern still attacked when possible and they had a couple of late chances to draw the game that unfortunately went unconverted.
The seconds will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday with a home fixture against Golbourne.