MARKET Drayton’s hockey team faced the most important two fixtures in their season last weekend in their quest for promotion.
However a draw in the first game of two against Bloxwich meant that ultimately it was not to be the year for this young Drayton side.
Goals from Kabir Bowry and James Joule gave Drayton a 2-1 lead with minutes to go; but a late Bloxwich rally ensured that the points were shared.
Dan Bentley was unfortunate to be yellow carded twice in the match; the second occasion allowing Bloxwich a way back into the game.
Sunday’s game against Leamington was largely unimportant with Redditch facing lowly Kidderminster a week later, the Worcestershire side were to triumph and take the second promotion spot behind league champions Tamworth.
Although heartbreak for Drayton the optimism around the team is high; with plans for another assault on the league next year, they will be buoyed thanks to this year’s highly successful campaign.
Having beaten league winners Tamworth both home and away and having beaten Redditch comfortably at home Drayton can take heart from the campaign.
Having won 10 of the eleven home games this season they can be confident that if they are to address their away form for next year then development and progression will come.
Brendan Jones once more finished top goalscorer with 29 goals with James Joule and Simon Rawsthorne chipping in with 10 each.
There was success at the back to with Craig Ruscoe and his defenders boasting the tightest defence in the league.
Keele University students Zach Shellman and Owen Morris took the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards respectively,
Unfortunately for Drayton however this season will be remembered for the chance missed.