With the Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first-team out of action, focus turned to the Seasiders second string who faced a tough encounter with a string east London side on the Olympic Pitch.
Despite producing a spirited display, it was the promotion-chasing Londoners who took the points, profiting from a couple of short corners to seal a 2-0 success.
Promising youngster, Stanley Upton, provided a Man of the Match performance for the beaten side. Old Boys skipper, Jack Stevenson,
was frustrated with the result, explaining: “It was a tough day, and one I hoped we would have got more out of. Decisions didn’t go our way, but we played well and look forward to going again next week.”
The Old Boys third XI lead 5-0 against second-placed Havering thanks to a Milo Storer hat-trick and one apiece from Trevor McCarty and Sam Mille. However, they were made to seat as the London-based side hit back. The eventual outcome, a narrow 5-4 victory for the south-east Essex team.
The Old Boys fouth team saw their recent unbeaten sequence concluded as fellow promotion-chasers, Colchester, won by two unanswered goals
It was an out of character performance from the home team. However, they remain in contention with five games remaining.
The fifth team went down 5-1 to an impressive Old Loughtonians side. Phil Herrtage bagged the Seasiders consolation, while Rob Hucker’s performance merited the Man of the Match award against a young and skilful side.
The impressive Old Boys sixth team returned to the top of the table following a 2-0 victory over previous leaders, Old Loughts.
A goal in each half from Paul Stoner and Steve Holmes proved to be decisive. Both sides now head into their final two league fixtures with the title in the balance. Old Southendian’s outstanding defensive record, having conceded only five goals all season currently the difference between the pair.
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