5v5 Match versus Wakefield 27.10.18

On Saturday 27th October, York Floorball had their first competitive match of the season, hosting close neighbours, Wakefield Wolves. This was, surprisingly considering the distance between the two clubs, the first ever meeting between these two teams. The match consisted of 5 players per team, plus goalkeepers, in a full-length match (60 minutes), split into three periods of 20 minutes. The match was a tough test for York, as their team contained many players who had only picked up a floorball stick since September, and Wakefield were a well established, competitive side.

The first period of the match was well balanced, with both sides defending well and with a similar number of attacking movements. Some quick attacking movements from the Wolves led them to score, yet Vikings debutant goalkeeper James Clare made equally impressive saves to keep the score down. Towards the end of the first period, Chee Zheng Yang scored for the Vikings with a shot from distance, opening the scoring for the home team. Wakefield had gained the upper hand with some attacking prowess and the first period ended 5-1 to the visitors.

The second period was much more successful for the York Vikings as they put in a heroic defensive display to keep a clean sheet, Clare making many great saves. In offense, Zheng Yang scored again to bring the score to 5-2 to the visitors.

The final period was a cagey affair, with the Wolves capitalising on some quick passing around the rink. After being fouled to deny a clear goal, Francis Overton-Eccles had a penalty saved by the outstretched hand of the Wolves goalkeeper before Piotrek Przyborowski, York’s current top goalscorer, added a third goal for the Vikings. Wakefield finished the game strongly, scoring some late goals as the game finished 9-3 to the Wolves.

Despite the loss, the game was a success for York, showing that they can defend valiantly, yet still have power in attack. York now hope to build on what they learned from this game to continue improving for the already booked reverse fixture in Wakefield and approaching matches against Manchester and Warwick.