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OLD SOUTHENDIAN MENS HOCKEY first XI finished 2019 on a high by thrashing Blueharts by six goals to one.
The Seasiders further enhanced their promotion credentials with a super display. Indeed, they have been beaten just three times throughout this calendar year.
Player-coach and former Great Britain international Jonty Clarke scored twice for the Old Boys, while Tim Robinson, Jack Andrews, Alex Krekis – from the penalty mark – and Liam Peoples completed the rout.
Skipper, Alfie Hibbard, enthusiastically greeted this latest success, explaining: “It has been a phenomenal calendar year for these guys, losing only three competitive games in the entirety of 2019. I am so pleased with the first half of our season.
“Following promotion to Prem B this season, we are genuine contenders to go up once again as we are sitting third in the league.
“In 2020 we will re-double our efforts and attack all of our remaining games with tenacity and belief to make our goal a reality this season.”
The Old Boys third team enjoyed a comfortable three-goal win over Saffron Walden – Darren Deadman, Josh Frankel and Matt Elmer all on the mark. And it was a similar outcome from the clubs fourth team, who enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Witham’s Academy with talented youngster Tom Hooper scoring twice and Alex Nash also on target.
The Old Southendian fifth team found the going a little more difficult, going down 3-1 at Southend – The Old Boys struggled in the opening period but improved after the break – Phil Herrtage with their consolation goal.
But there was another win for the sixth team who recorded a narrow single-goal triumph over East London. John Peoples provided the all-important strike which ensured the Old Boys top spot at Christmas, having won nine matches and kept seven clean sheets during their twelve fixtures to date. Skipper, Paul Stoner, enthused: “We are having an incredible season – it’s the perfect mix of youth and experience. We are currently enjoying being the most successful team in the club.”
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