Old Boys promotion push takes shape

OLD SOUTHENDIAN Men’s Hockey first team moved four points clear of third-placed Broxbourne HC following an impressive 2-0 victory over Upminster at Warners Bridge.

The Old Boys have now won their last eight in a row. Jonty Clarke handed the home side a first-half advantage – Liam Peoples secured the victory after the break.

Speaking after the match, Peoples said: “It was good to get back on the scoresheet.

“Personally, it’s been a frustrating season for me and sometimes I let that get the better of me but hopefully this goal will help me kick on and support the team in their quest for promotion.”

Meanwhile, skipper, Alfie Hibbard, added: “We rarely got out of second gear today but we didn’t need to.

“Having worked on a couple of things in training it was nice to see the boys put that into practice to get the three points.

“We weren’t at our best and should have scored at least five or six. But the main thing is, we got the three points and we can look forward to making it nine from the last nine in two weeks against bottom of the table Shefford and Sandy.”

The Old Boys second string also picked up a useful victory, seeing off Braintree in a nine-goal thriller.

James Beardwell bagged a brace, while Connor Jury, Josh Copeland and Toby Jordan were also on target, securing a 5-4 triumph and their first ‘double’ following promotion to Div3SE.

Old Boys thirds edged out a strong Clacton team by the odd goal in three – Josh Frankel and Milo Storer on target for the winners. Meanwhile, two goals from Alex Nash earned the fourth XI victory by a similar scoreline against another of Clacton’s teams and kept them in the hunt for promotion.

2-1 was a popular scoreline with the Old Boys teams. The fifths saw off Chelmsford’s seventh XI in an exciting encounter. Roy Murnane and a bizarre Phil Herrtage goal proving decisive.

But the Old Boy’s sixth XI saw their ten-match unbeaten sequence brought to its conclusion as host’s, Waltham Forest, won by a goal to nil.
A highlight for Old Southendian was the outstanding debuts from youngster Alex Rowe and Simon Richardson.

This Saturday, they take on Old Loughts in a table-topping six-pointer which could see them return to the top of the league as it heads towards the run-in.

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Brian Jeeves

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