Old Boys slip to University challenge defeat

OLD SOUTHENDIAN MEN’S Hockey first team suffered a frustrating 3-2 defeat following a dramatic encounter with Cambridge University.

The Students snatched an early advantage. However, Liam Peoples profited from Callum Barber’s toil to restore parity with a sumptuous volleyed-lob over the onrushing Cambridge keeper.

The Old Boys were in front before the break, Jack Andrews’ skilful reverse stick volley finding the net after Giles Davies had initially been denied.

But Cambridge was to hit back in the final stages – levelling the score in the final fifteenth minutes, then claiming maximum points with a last-gasp penalty flick.

It was also a frustrating day for the Old Boys second string who went down by the odd goal in three at Redbridge & Ilford – Connor Andrews with the consolation goal. Meanwhile, the clubs third team had to be content with a share of the spoils after East London recovered a two-goal deficit.
George Miller and Darren Fessey were the Old Southendian marksmen – Skipper, Noel Smith explained: “For sixty minutes we controlled the game and played the hockey that we have been threatening to play all year.

“We will learn from this and go into next Saturday looking for a positive result.”

Top of the table Tower Hamlets proved to be too strong for the Old Southendian fourth team. The east Londoners ran out 6-0 winners.

However, the Old Boys created several opportunities of their own and perhaps performed a little better than the scoreline suggested,

Old Southendian fifths were beaten 5-2 at Chelmsford. Phil Herrtage and Paul Ashworth both converted as the Seasiders twice took the lead. However, the mid-Essex side recovered to score four unanswered second-half goals.

But it was another successful day for the Old Southendian sixth XI who hammered Waltham Forest 5ths by five goals to nil. Steve Holmes and Trevor McCarthy both bagged a brace, while Man of the Match, Darren Stoner, was also on target. Speaking after the game, skipper, Paul Stoner, explained: “This was our 6th win in a row, leaving us in second place. Our next game is a huge top of the table clash with leaders, Old Loughtonians.”

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: [email protected]

Brian Jeeves

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