Battling Old Boys make their point

Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first XI earned their first point of the season from a thrilling 2-2 draw with Cambridge City’s second string.

The Old Boys began the game very quickly and within the first ten minutes, a short corner was won and slotted bottom right by the ever-reliable Giles Davies. The Seasiders continued to hold this lead until half time by playing some great patient hockey.

Shortly after half time, Cambridge City won a short corner and converted to level the score. And City were soon in front as the pressure continued to mount on the Old Boys. 

But in the dying moments, the Old Boys won an extremely important short corner, from which David Catchpole was able to finish and salvage a share of the spoils

The Old Boys second XI maintained their place at the top of Div3SE with a 5-2 win against a combative Crostyx team at Warners Bridge. Goals came courtesy of braces from Josh Copeland and Toby Jordan with Jack Andrews having opened the scoring.

The third team made it two wins from two with another comfortable 5-0 win against Brentwood. The Old Boys young front line looked threatening throughout, while defensively, they were rarely troubled and extremely happy with another clean sheet.

Old Boys fourths played Tower Hamlets in div 6SE. The opposition -unbeaten in three seasons – were up 2-0 by half-time. The Seasiders clawed a goal back through a short corner scored by Giles Smithson before Hamlets scored again. Darren Fessey then reduced the deficit but Hamlets added a fourth. Young Joe Hankey made it 4-3 to pile pressure on the East Londoners, but Hamlets scored a fine individual goal at the death to win a great game 5-3.

The fifths draw 2-2 away at Saffron Walden 6th team – Dan Street and Mark Hopkins on target. 

Old Southendian’s in-form sixth team continued the winning streak with a 3-1 success against a strong Waltham Forest side. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half but the Old Boys scored an equaliser through Mark Elvidge shortly before half time. Another short corner strike from Elvidge together with one from midfielder Simon Richardson saw maintain their 100% record.

Old Southendian Hockey Club welcomes new members looking to return to hockey or take up the game for the first time. We run six men’s teams, three ladies teams as well as youth and an active mini hockey section. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email: [email protected]

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Brian Jeeves

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