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Telford & Wrekin head into break with a win

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Telford & WREKIN ended the first half of their Midlands Two hockey campaign on a winning note with a 3-1 success over Coventry & North Warwick.

With many other matches elsewhere called off because of the bad weather, a strong second-half performance saw the hosts claim maximum points. Telford were without midfielder Chris Heath and forward Matt Hadley-Moore through injury as well as Adam Phizackalea.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half with few clear-cut chances as they went in at the break goalless.

After a tactical change by Telford, they started the second half much brighter and dominated early proceedings.

Noah Higginson was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring for the hosts after the ball came to him in the circle with no goalkeeper to be found in the Coventry goal.

Dave Tracey doubled the advantage with a low reverse shot from an improbable angle to give Telford some breathing space going into the final 10 minutes of the match.

Coventry pulled a goal back through Ben Clarke from a short corner in the final five minutes.

But it was captain and top goalscorer Alex Johnson who sealed the win for Telford by walking through the Coventry defence and coolly slotting the ball past the keeper to make the game safe.

Telford are the only side in the league to be unbeaten in the first half of the season and are looking to push on towards promotion in the new year.

Their next game will be the rescheduled fixture away to Coalville on Saturday, January 6.

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