PROMOTION-CHASING Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first team had to settle for a share of the spoils from their long trip to Spalding on Saturday.
The visitors appeared a little jaded from the trip to Lincolnshire, as the home side began with the greater intensity – Old Boys stopper, John Hawke, keeping his side in the contest.
And Hawke’s performance offered a platform. Giles Davies bagged a brace as the Seasiders took charge. However, Spalding were back in it before the break.
Tim Robinson swept Old Southendian into a 3-1 lead after the interval. But the resilient hosts clawed their way back into the game, forcing a 3-3 draw, despite decent late chances for the away side.
The Old Boys still have it all to play for with promotion in their sights. With three games left, they find themselves two points ahead of third-place – two consecutive victories will confirm promotion to Prem A.
Elsewhere, Will Malcolm netted for the Old Boys second string in a 5-1 defeat at Plashet. Meanwhile, the third team won a thrilling encounter with Chelmsford by five goals to three. George Miller and Milo Storer scored twice, while Trevor McCarthy was also on target.
Captain, Noel Smith, explained: “It was another great all-round performance from everyone. The only negative was we took our foot off the gas when we were 5-0 up.”
The Old Boys fourth team were beaten 2-0 by Basildon, despite a brave performance. It was also a tough day for the fifth XI who lost their derby with Southend, 4-1. Captain Paul Ashworth, bagged the Old Boys goal after Neil Threadgold had fashioned an opening.
It proved to be a successful day for the Old Southendian sixth team who clinched promotion with a game to spare following a 1-0 victory at East London.
Darren Stoner sealed the result with a superb finish ten minutes from time following a short corner. Skipper, Paul Stoner, enthused: “Another clean sheet means that the sixes have only conceded five goals all season and sees them needing just one more win to clinch the title.”
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