Old Edwards give Wits a run for their money in thrilling 2-1 match. 

The Wits men’s hockey A-side remain at the top of the hockey winter league log even their loss against Old Edwards-A at the Wits hockey stadium on Tuesday, August 28.

The game got off to a strong start with Wits on the attack but was interrupted by a tackle on Old Edwards player, Richard Pautz, in the 24th minute. Pautz was subsequently carried off the field after he took a knock to the knee and couldn’t continue.

Both teams were well drilled and were not giving anything away on either side of the turf.  The deadlock was broken just before half time when  Berne Burger dribbled his way through the Wits defense, to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

The second half saw Wits creating a lot of opportunities with nothing to show for them as the Old Edwards keeper was seemingly impenetrable.

Wits player Chad Futcher, turned things around for the home team after he finally put one past the Old Edwards keeper to make it 1-1, midway into the second half.

Celebrations were cut short when Jeremy Hart made it 2-1, putting the visiting team back in the lead.

In a desperate attempt to get an equalizer, Wits sent their keeper forward. The home side were just not as clinical as needed against the Old Edwards side who walked away with the victory.

Newly appointed cricket and hockey team manager, Sharmin Naidoo, told Wits Vuvuzela that although this was the team’s second loss in a row, they had played a good game.

“We dominated the game, especially in the second half. All the stats were in our favour except the goals because we won shot corners but only managed to score 1.”

Naidoo added, “They [Old Edwards] played very well, their penalty corner defence was strong and for me their keeper was the man of the match.”

Coach of the Wits men’s team, Ricky West said he team should have taken more opportunities.

“We played well and had more than enough opportunities. It is frustrating that that we are creating so many opportunities but we are not putting them to use,” he told Wits Vuvuzela. 

Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela, Futcher said the they had played a good but tough game.

“It’s towards the end of the season, we have played a lot of hockey so our legs are tired. We have two games left for the season and these are games we can win. We can still win the league based on point difference,” he said.

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits on the attack against Old Edwards. Photo: Palesa Dlamini.