Old Boys share the spoils after a thrilling draw

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THE OLD SOUTHENDIAN Men’s Hockey first XI were unable to rediscover their Premier ‘B’ winning formula and had to be satisfied with a share of the spoils following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spalding at Warners Bridge.

Spalding dominated the early moments and it came as no surprise when they made the breakthrough. However, leading marksman, Giles Davies, finished a probing run to hit the backboard shortly before the interval, then Liam Peoples ensured the half-time cuppa tasted that bit sweeter for the Old Boys, firing them into a 2-1 lead.

And the garden looked decisively rosy for the home side when Tim Robinson added a third. But Spalding wasn’t finished. Two late goals ensured the visitors left with a point, much to the frustration of Old Boys skipper, Alfie Hibbard.

“That feels like two points dropped, but we are still sitting in a strong position of third in Prem B,” he explained.

The Old Boys second-string registered back-to-back Div3SE victories for the first time this campaign, seeing off Plashet by four goals to three. Josh Copeland, Stuart MacDonald, Will Malcolm and James Beardwell were all on target for the Seasiders. Meanwhile, it was a tough afternoon for the third XI, who went down 6-1 to Chelmsford – Will Green with the consolation strike.

The Old Boys fourth team finally tasted defeat – their unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 scoreline after a close and competitive match against league high fliers Basildon. The fifth team were also on the wrong end of the scoreline, losing 5-1 to a well-drilled Crostyx team – Neil Threadgod with the goal.

But the Old Southendian sixth XI continues to shine. This time a Steve Holmes brace ensured a 2-1 away success at Saffron Walden 8’s – Midfielder, Ollie Gull, providing a notable Man of the Match display for the winners.

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: oldsouthendianhc@gmail.com


Brian Jeeves

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