Stone Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI return to the pitch after lockdown

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With England coming out of lockdown and grass roots sports being allowed in the new tier format, Stone Hockey club’s 1st XI men are set to begin training ready for the restart of the Midlands Hockey League in January.

The Enson Lane men have had a slow start to the season with only one win in the first five league games after a reshuffle in tactics from head coach Stephen Williams at the start of the season.

Captain George Bradbury said “The start of the season was a hard one with some injuries and availability issues causing problems with the performance of the team it has been a slow start to the year but I only expect it to improve going forward with our new system.”

Stone Men’s 1st XI 2018 vs Northampton Saints (credit- Stone Hockey Club)

With lockdown ending it was the choice of the Midlands Regional Hockey Association to suspend all league games until January with the tier systems unclear indication of traveling in between tiers for grassroots sport.

Stone’s 1st XI Striker and Chairman Jonathan Alchin spoke about how tier 3 wasn’t all that bad in regards to the hockey club. He said: “Coming out of the lockdown and being placed in tier 3 there was an uncertainty around the club of what would happen in regards to our sport, thankfully tier 3 you are aloud to train and this was brilliant news.

“A lot of our members use hockey as a downtime from working life and also to keep competitiveness in their day to day life.

“I’d like to show my gratitude to England Hockey in these tough times for getting hockey back on the pitch.”

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