Impressive Old Boys go from strength to strength

With a Prem A point on the board from a tough away fixture last week, Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first XI continued their forward momentum against a tough Bedford side, recently relegated from National League.

A large socially distanced Warners Bridge crowd saw the Old Boys get off to a flier with Dave Catchpole driving round the baseline and slotting the ball past the goalkeeper early in the game. However, Bedford equalised shortly after with a well-worked short corner.

Giles Davies re-established the home sides lead with a quickfire brace. One a slotted drag flick, followed by a tap in, assisted by Ben Cotton’s weaving dribble. 

A late fightback from the visitors saw them reduce the arrears from another short corner. However, Man of the Match, Sam Lowe, helped shut out the visitors for the final ten minutes, securing three points for the seaside outfit.

The Old Boys Men’s 2nd XI continued their strong start to the season with a 7-1 win away at Wapping with goals courtesy of a Josh Copeland (3), Liam Peoples (2) and one apiece from Jack Andrews and Rhys Durban – the result cementing their place at the top of Div3SE on goal difference. Captain, Jack Stevenson, enthused: “the boys worked tremendously hard throughout the game, we were dominant from the start”

The third team also remained on the front foot, beating Witham by five goals to two. 

George Miller scored a well-worked goal off of a short corner. Miller then doubled his and the Old Boys tally, and it was three before half time – David Ashworth deflecting a pass from Josh Frankel into the Witham net. 

Trevor McArthy added a fourth, but compliancy got the better of the team allowing Witham to pull a couple of goals back. But the Old Boys retaliated, began to look dangerous again and came back with another magnificent goal from Frankel.

It proved to be a difficult afternoon for the Old Boys fourths who went down 7-3 to Witham. Darren Fessey scored twice and youngster Hayden Stanford bagged a debut goal, but it was insufficient against a very skilful forward line.

There were five goals for the fifths as Witham Academy were handsomely beaten by five goals to one.  

The Old Boys came from behind to turn the contest around with Phil Herrtage hitting a hat-trick – Paul Ashworth and Dan Street were also on the mark. Neil Threadgold providing a virtuoso dispaly to provide the foundations for the victory.

The Sixth XI made it three from three with a 2-0 triumph under the floodlights at Havering.

The Old Boys fielded a side mixing youth with experience. Indeed, the side included two debutants and two father/son combinations. 

Having weathered the early storm, last seasons leading marksman, Steve Holmes, gave Old Southendian the lead. Holmes added a second following a run through the opposition’s midfield. 

Man of the Match was 13-year-old, Alex Rowe, now into his second season and encouraging his dad John to take up hockey and make his debut. The other father and son duo of Perm and Ruhan Ghir both performed well – Ruhan making his first appearance alongside his dad in the defence.

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 and three ladies team’s as well as youth and an active mini hockey section. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email: [email protected].

Brian Jeeves

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