Double delight for in-form Old Boys

OLD SOUTHENDIAN HOCKEY CLUB men’s first XI successfully navigated the second of three double-header weekends by stylishly seeing off senior sides from Waltham Forest and Upminster.

A couple of Liam Peoples penalty-corner drag flicks along with further goals from Giles Davies, Tim Robinson, Mike Roberts and Callum Barber – the latter capping a superb Man of the Match performance – ensured a 6-1 success over Forest. And following an ice-bath session at the clubs Warners Bridge home, the Old Boys were sufficiently recuperated to hammer Upminster by nine goals to one – Giles Davies leading the way with four, Tim Robinson and Ben Cotton both bagging a brace and Peoples adding to his scoring exploits from the previous day to complete the rout with a well-placed drag flick.

Speaking after the matches delighted Old Boys captain, Alfie Hibbard, enthused: “It was a very successful weekend of hockey us.

“It leaves us with the most goals scored and sitting third in the league after six games and a quarter of the season played already.”

It proved to be an altogether more difficult outing for the men’s second string. Connor Jury and James Beardwell found the net but couldn’t prevent a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Maldon Hockey Club. Meanwhile, the third XI when down 8-1 to a powerful Old Loughts team.

George Miller handed the Old Boys fourth team a first-half lead against Chelmsford. And they completed a decent days work with a second from Andy Clark and another from Miller to record a three-goal triumph

The fifth XI suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at London Royals. Mark Hopkins had given the Old Boys the lead during the opening half following a well-drilled short corner before the Royals hit back. Elsewhere, the sixes had Richard Cooper and Kieran Guy to thank – the pair scoring the decisive goals in a 2-0 friendly win over Romford. Skipper, Paul Stoner, said:
“It was a really good game that we deserved to win against a mixture of their 2’s and 3’s.”

OLD SOUTHENDIAN Women’s first XI suffered a frustrating 4-2 defeat at Waltham Forest.

The Old Girls trailed 2-0 at the break following a below-par display. However, they hit back through Sami Da Costa and Fliss Clarke to restore parity. But there was to be no happy conclusion as Forest score twice late on to take all three points.

The ladies second string went down by three unanswered goals to wapping at the Olympic Park. Nevertheless, this was a far better performance than the scoreline suggested from the Old Southendian side, who passed up several decent opportunities. Captain, Ros Jackson, explained: “The scoreline doesn’t reflect how well we played and how we dominated the second half. We are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with and I am so pleased with our progress in Division Three.”

There was also a defeat for the ladies third XI – Suzie Williams scoring in a 3-1 setback to Upminster. Although the Seasiders young side played with spirit and continue to improve with every game.

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 and three ladies teams as well as youth teams 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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