Old Boys fight back to snatch late success

Old Southendian Men’s Hockey Club first XI provided a dramatic late finale to see off a strong Ipswich side at Warners Bridge.

The Old Boys fell behind to an early counter-attack. However, they soon began to assert control and possession, resulting in a well-worked equaliser. Billy Taylor’s shot from the top of the ‘D’ was helped over the line by Giles Davies. And soon after, Davies added his, and the Seasiders, second to turn the contest on its head.

But despite the Old Boys dominance, it was Ipswich who were next to strike. A quickfire double from a short corner, then a deflected effort restoring the Suffolk clubs earlier advantage.

With the game now open, Ipswich passed up several opportunities to seal the points – John Hawke performing remarkably well in the Old Boys goal. And that ultimately proved costly.

Two short corner goals in the final ten minutes from Davies provided a twist and a 4-3 victory for Old Southendian, moving them up to fifth place in Prem ‘A’ ahead of next weekends clash with table-toppers, Norwich.

It’s five out of five for the Old Boys second string who recorded a resounding 5-1 win over Braintree. Liam Peoples (2), Callum Liddell (2) and Josh Copeland with the goals. Captain, Jack Stevenson, enthused: “I’m really proud of how the boys played against the only other unbeaten team in our division. It bodes well for the rest of the season, how they performed in this stern test.”

The Old Southendian third XI had too much for East London, winning by three unanswered goals and moving them into fourth spot, three points behind the leaders – Josh Frankel, Milo Storer and George Miller with the all-important strikes. Meanwhile, the fourth team slipped to defeat at Redbridge & Ilford, despite recovering a two-goal deficit.

Toby Goddard scored twice for the Old Boys who eventually went down 3-2.

Another dramatic fightback saw the Old Boys fifth team recover a 3-1 deficit to earn a share of the spoils with Chelmsford’s 6th XI.

Phil Herrtage was twice on target, while Mark Elvidge added another in what was a rugged encounter.

There was a first defeat of the season for the Old Boys 6th XI. Despite producing a spirited performance, it was a talented Basildon 2nd XI who won by five goals to nil. Goalkeeper, Neal Misell, took the plaudits for the Seasiders with a tremendous dispaly, despite the setback.

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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