By - Sour
This Saturday 16 October sees Newcastle upon Tyne LC make the tortuous trip to Hull. Whilst not their longest away trip this season, they aren't looking forward to trip east down the M62 to the site of last season’s worst performance by the Knights where they came away with a 5-3 loss.
"It was a nightmare," explains club chair and attackman Mark Webb, "We went there and tried to play some up-tempo slick lacrosse, but we couldn't string two passes together in attack, and we relied too much on our goalie Austin at the back to keep it close. Our whole game plan fell apart"
If further motivation for either team was needed a combination of a bye week and a concession from the opposition means that both side’s seasons have failed to get off the ground in the first two weeks.
"Last week was a huge disappointment," says midfielder Andy Higginbottom of last Saturday's no show from Chester, "We’re not sure where we’re at in terms of settled play. When you add this to the fact that Hull have really picked up their game over the last two years, and we played two close games against them last season, it could be a close call.... But if we can play to our talent level, I'm confident we can pick up the 2 points."
Newcastle are also reeling from the news that two of their new recruits picked up from Sheffield Steelers during the off-season are out with freak injuries. Goalie Zanner Michael required surgery on a broken arm sustained during an arm wrestling contest, and midfielder Andy Oliver slipped down some stairs and dislocated his shoulder.
“Losing Zanner is a huge blow” commented Webb, “And we were expecting big things from Andy O this year, but we’ll have to put the injuries to the back of our minds and pick up the slack. It’s even more frustrating that neither of the injuries were in anyway lacrosse related.”
A version of this story also appeared in Wednesday 13 October's Evening Chronicle and online here at Chroniclelive
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