Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first XI were forced to share the points following an entertaining 3-3 draw with Dereham.
Dereham made their intentions clear from the start – sitting deep, defend and hit on the counter-attack. A move which paid dividends when they took the lead
But after passing up several opportunities, Giles Davies swept home a perfectly placed pass from Ben Cotton to level the score. Then Cotton turned the game on its head, controlling and lobbing the onrushing keeper to give the Old Boys an advantage.
Dereham hit back to level, but the Seasiders again took the lead. This time Billy Taylor deflecting in after Davies had fashioned the opening.
But dogged Dereham profited from the last play of the match to earn a share of the spoils which appeared harsh on an Old Boys side that had dominated for much of the contest.
The Old Boys second string had a far more comfortable afternoon, thrashing Southend by six unanswered goals.
Man of the Match, Liam Peoples, scored four times, while Josh Copeland and Jack Andrews completed the rout. Skipper, Jack Stevenson, enthused: “The performance and attitude of my players were top-notch on the day. I couldn’t have asked for more from the boys.”
Old Southendian’s third team went down 3-2 against a strong Basildon side. The Old Boys were two goals behind early on, but David Jackson reduced the arrears just after the break.
Basildon restored their two-goal advantage. However, Trevor McCarthy set up a grandstand finish, with the Seasiders coming up just short.
Goals from Darren Fessey and Owen Stanford confirmed a niggly first Div 6SE win of the season for the Old Boys fourths over their Upminster counterparts. Meanwhile, a goal from Jacob Chapman helped the fifth XI to a 1-1 draw with Brentwood Academy in a highly enjoyable encounter.
Old Southendiian’s all-conquering sixth team maintained their one hundred per cent record with a single-goal success over a young Maldon Academy side.
Striker Steve Holmes scored the only goal to keep the Old Boys at the top of the table. Maldon deserved great credit for their battling performance, preventing a far bigger margin of victory for the Southend-based side.
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