OLD SOUTHENDIAN Men’s Hockey first team reaffirmed their promotion credentials with notable back-to-back victories over Broxbourne and Bourne Deeping.
Broxbourne arrived in south-east Essex defending an unbeaten sequence stretching back beyond the start of the current campaign and they looked on course to extend that with an early goal.
However, Tim Robinson swiftly drew the Old Boys level and then they spun the game on its head when a visiting defender turned a Jonty Clarke centre into his own-goal.
And the host wasn’t finished. Ben Cotton added a third before a penalty corner from Liam Peoples made it 4-1 at the interval. A lively second half saw Broxbourne claw a goal back, but Mike Smithson brilliantly restored the Old Boys three-goal advantage following a sustained spell of pressure.
Again, the visitors hit back, but it was a case of too little, too late as Old Southendian held firm to win 5-3 and end their rivals one hundred per cent record.
A trip to Peterborough twenty-four hours later saw the Old Boys record a routine 5-1 success over struggling Bourne Deeping. Smithson set the ball rolling before Luke Knowles, Alfie Hibbard, Liam Peoples and James Beardwell found the net to confirm a big win on the road. Skipper Hibbard, enthused: “This was another great doubleheader. We are now promotion contenders and we have an exciting second half of the season ahead.”
The Old Boys second team played out a well-contested 2-2 derby draw with Southend HC. Both goals were scored by Will Malcolm, his second a sight to behold as he beat three players on the dribble before slotting the ball past the Southend keeper.
The Men’s third XO when down by a single goal at East London. “Despite creating a number of good opportunities, it was once again our failure to put the ball in the goals when these arose,” skipper, Noel Smith, bemoaned.
However, there was a welcome return to winning ways for the fourths who dominated for large spells at Romford before taking the points thanks to goals from Milo Storer and Alex Nash. The was a narrow defeat for the Old Boys fifths, who went down by the odd goal in five against a strong Old Loughtonians side- Paul Ashworth with a brace for the defeated Seasiders.
But it’s seven successive wins for the all-conquering sixth team. Old Loughtonians were beaten by four unanswered goals – Steve Holmes with a terrific hat-trick and one from Richard Cooper completed another positive outing for the Old Boys. Promising youngster, James Balkwill, claimed Man of the Match with a mature performance from midfield – the result leaves Old Southendian in second place after ten matches.
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