Rotterdam frustrated by three Amsterdam goals in six minute spell

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While Jeroen Hertzberger’s late penalty stroke salvaged a controversial 3-3 draw, it felt like a defeat for HC Rotterdam after they let a 2-0 lead slip to three AH&BC Amsterdam goals in the space of six second half minutes.

It leaves them with six points to make up on the top four if they are to chase down a playoff place.

Hertzberger had opened the scoring from the penalty spot following a Klaas Vermeulen foul. Hertzberger then combined beautifully with Thijs van Dam who applied a delightful backhand lob for a 2-0 advantage.

But for a Justin Reid-Ross intervention, Nick Catlin was in for a third goal from Seve van Ass’s pass and that let off allowed Amsterdam a way back into the game.

Billy Bakker slipped in a push from the right of the circle and then Boris Burkhardt added two close range finishes to turn things around from 2-0 to 2-3 between the 42nd and 48th minute.

At the end, Hertzberger snuck in from the left wing to create a chance which eventually ended in a stroke though Amsterdam argued long and hard that the ball hit his back stick in the process.

The Rotterdam striker drove home his second stroke of the day for a share of the spoils but it felt like a missed chance to close the gap to the top four.

Coach Albert Kees Manenschijn admitted enough afterwards when speaking to "This affects me very much. Amsterdam has one period where they played all or nothing. Then we made mistakes; we lost the race there.

“Maybe we have not been good enough all year round. We have just had a difficult season.”

SV Kampong remain top after their 3-2 win over Pinoke with goals from Philip Meulenbroek, Jip Janssen and Quirijn Caspers.
HC Bloemendaal crushed HGC 5-0 with Xavi Lleonart, Tim Swaen, Roel Bovendeert, Jasper Brinkman and Jamie Dwyer sharing the goals.

Two Mink van der Weerden goals saw Oranje-Rood win 2-1 against Den Bosch for them to remain in third place.