Old Boys take the positives from University setback

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Old Southendian Men’s Hockey 1st XI made a promising start to life in Prem ‘A’ despite falling to a frustrating 3-1 loss against Cambridge University.

A slow start from the Old Boys allowed the visitors to take an early 1-0 lead, but the hard work of preseason began to pay off and the home side grew into the game. Despite fashioning some good chances, Cambridge came closest to adding a second, with Dave Catchpole saving a penalty corner on the line, on the stroke of half time. 

The Old Boys began brightly in the second half and Giles Davies equalised from a well won short corner. With the pressure mounting, Catchpole fired in a rebound from a penalty corner, only to see the umpire signal that he had already awarded a foul, ruling out the strike. Cambridge University made the most of this and quickly moved 2-1 ahead with a well-worked corner of their own. The visitors defended well and countered clinically, adding a late third to seal victory as the Old Boys fought for an equaliser.

Next week Old Southendian travel to Cambridge City, knowing that if they can hit the same level of play, their first points in Prem ‘A’ won’t be far behind.

The Men’s 2nd XI opened up their Div3SE season with an 8-0 victory against newly promoted East London. Goals came courtesy of Josh Copeland (3), Connor Andrews (2), Toby Jordan, Connor Jury and Rhys Durban on his OSHC debut.

OSHC Men’s 6th XI started the new season away at their arch-rivals, having beaten Old Loughts to the league championship on goal difference last season. 

Loughts came out hard from the start but the Old Boys defence weathered the early storm and held strong. After the first 15 minutes, Old Southendian turned the tables and took the lead with Harry Raffan slipping the ball from a short corner stop to Captain Paul Stoner who put the ball into the corner of home team’s net. 

Despite only having a bare eleven against an opposition with four subs, the Sixes took control for the rest of the game hitting the post and having most of the rest of the chances. A great 1-0 away win in the first game.

(Reports courtesy of Shireen Ayub) 

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, three ladies teams as well as youths and an active mini hockey section. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email: [email protected]

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Brian Jeeves

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