Hockey club looks to thrive in Mirfield

Mirfield Men's Hockey Club who played against Leeds on Mirfield Free Grammar School's all weather pitch. (D506A248)
Mirfield Men's Hockey Club who played against Leeds on Mirfield Free Grammar School's all weather pitch. (D506A248)
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MIRFIELD Hockey Club is aiming to grow and succeed following their move to the town.

The club became established at the ICI in Huddersfield and also played as Zeneca, Syngenta and Bradley before finding a permanent home at Mirfield Free Grammar School’s all weather pitch and finally adopting the Mirfield club name.

The team play in Yorkshire Hockey League Division Five North and home matches are usually played on Saturday mornings, starting at 10.30am.

The league also sees them travel to play teams in Thirsk, Harrogate, York and Driffield.

Training takes place on Thursdays (8pm) at Mirfield Free Grammar, while post-match refreshments are provided by The White Cross pub in Bradley.

Mirfield were given a boost when Haigh’s farm shop kindly donated the club £900 to buy new home and away strips together with goalkeeping equipment.

The club are looking to recruit new players in the hope of establishing a second team and anyone interested can contact secretary Chris Parkin on 07929 045613.

n Last Saturday, Mirfield came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Leeds Fifths in Yorkshire Division Five North.

Defences were on top in a goalless first half which saw both sides create chances.

The game came to life after the break and Leeds broke the deadlock when Ama Solomons gave Mirfield goalkeeper Ryan Morgan no chance with a forceful shot into the net.

Captain Andy Parkin encouraged his team forward, ably supported by defenders Craig Gallant and Peter Collins.

Mirfield’s efforts were finally rewarded with a well-worked equalising goal.

Steve Ferrari did well and set up Ben Hemingway to score and secure Mirfield a share of the spoils.