Old Boys pick up a vital victory at Waltham Forest

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OLD SOUTHENDIAN travelled to the home of GB hockey and brought home maximum points following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a highly competitive Waltham Forest outfit.

Leading marksman, Giles Davies, handed the Seasiders the lead following a well-drilled short corner routine – Davies stylishly drag-flicking into the bottom corner of the goal.

However, Forest restored parity shortly after the interval as they looked to put a dent in the Old Boys promotion asperations. But it was the visitors who came through. Davies scoring his and the visitors second of the afternoon and despite heavy late pressure after the home side replaced their goalkeeper for an extra on-field player, Old Southendian held firm to seal the victory.

The Old Boys second string found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline at Maldon. Josh Copeland with the consolation, although the visitors passed up several opportunities to add to their tally.

The depleted third XI went down by five unanswered goals at league leaders, Old Loughts. Skipper, Noel Smith, remained positive, explaining: “I was really proud how we fought throughout the game. For the first fifty minutes – we were in with a shout. But then, their squad of sixteen made a huge difference as they scored four in the final twenty minutes.”

The Old Boys fourth team had to be patient before claiming the points from a 2-0 success over Chelmsford.

The Seasiders largely dominated against a dogged opponent. However, they rarely threatened until after the interval when Darren Stoner handed them the lead.

Tom Hooper set up Steven Holmes to doubled their lead as the Old Boys stellar campaign continued.

A youthful fifth team went down 4-2 at Crostyx fourths. Roy Murnane and Phil Herrtage were on target for the Old Boys, but experience told as the home side triumphed.

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, 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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