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Fightback is not quite enough for under-13s.

Byline: PETER LONSDALE

MIDDLESBROUGH Roller Hockey roller hockey
n.
Hockey played on a hard surface in which two opposing teams of roller skaters, using curved sticks, try to drive a ball into the opponents' goal.
 put out their new under-13 team for their first game against Spen Valley Spen Valley may refer to:
  • The River Spen, in West Yorkshire, England
  • Spen Valley (UK Parliament constituency) (1885–1950)
See also
  • Cleckheaton#Cleckheaton and the Spen Valley for a history of the area
.

In the first 10 minutes, despite some good defending from Shannon, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Chris Stobbs took a relentless battering from Spen Valley but showed great promise and saved some good efforts on goal.

Despite Stobbs' heroics, Middlesbrough lost four goals before Dan Miller spotted an opportunity to sprint down the middle and score the side's first goal of the season.

This gave Middlesbrough a much-needed confidence boost and minutes later following an excellent pass from Luke Pickering, Jack Richards Clifton James "Jack" Richards (born August 10, 1958, Penzance, Cornwall) is a former English cricketer who played in 8 Tests and 22 ODIs from 1981 to 1988. He was a wicketkeeper and a useful lower-middle order batsman, who made a brilliant 133 for England against Australia at Perth  slammed in their second goal.

Now on a high, Luke Pickering had several good shots at goal but all were spectacularly saved by the Spen keeper.

Then Harry Pickering came from nowhere to pick up the ball and slip it in the left hand corner making the score 4-3. Spen Valley kept up their attack in the second half and scored twice more taking the final result to 6-3. After such a shaky start the mini revival meant Middlesbrough left with their heads held high.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2009
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