National victory for county side

The successful Northumberland men's hockey team.
The successful Northumberland men's hockey team.

Northumberland’s men’s team proved once again that the county is thriving when it comes to hockey.

For the second time in three years, the side won their division in England Hockey’s annual County Championships.

Northumberland topped their group in the pool stages, with wins against Northants (8-2), Cheshire (7-2) and Kent (2-0) and a draw against Lancashire (4-4).

Finals day, which was held at Old Loughtonians in Essex, saw the men beat Devon 2-0 in the semi-final and they then staged a dramatic comeback to win 5-4 against Kent in the final.

Northumberland were 2-0 down after five minutes, with Kent’s Australian international playing a telling part in proceedings, but they rallied and fought hard to get the scores level.

The game was end-to-end in the second half and with the score deadlocked at 4-4, Northumberland scored a winner on the break with only four minutes left to win the championship.

Special mentions go to Morpeth Hockey Club members Bruce McPate and Ian Kendall, who coached the side to success, as well as Morpeth players Ritchie Brown and John Wood, who played for the county side.