Old Boys unbeaten run it brought to a conclusion

OLD SOUTHENDIAN HOCKEY CLUB’S men’s first XI saw their unbeaten Premier ‘B’ run brought to a conclusion against a stubborn Letchworth side.

Letchworth – recently relegated – took the honours by the odd goal in three. Lian Peoples handed the Old Boys hope, scoring from a drag-flick following a penalty corner to reduce the arrears after his side had fallen two goals behind.

Old Southendian pressed in the latter stages but was unable to salvage the match. Captain, Alfie Hibbard, explained: “We will look to make up for last weekend’s frustrating result as we host Spalding at Warner’s Bridge on Saturday. We’ll be back on track.”

The Old Boys 2nd XI won an entertaining contest at Upminster by three goals to two. James Beardwell, Josh Copeland and Will Malcolm with the all-important goals for the visitors. Skipper, Jack Stevenson, enthused, “This was a great result, next we play Plashet at home, the team that have been promoted alongside us the last two seasons – we know them well.”

The third team saw off an organised Waltham Forest side 2-1 in what was a hard-fought encounter at a wet Warners Bridge ground. Miller and Upton on target to secure the three points. Meanwhile, the unbeaten fourth XI played out a tense goalless encounter with Braintree in difficult weather conditions.

Joe Hankey provided the only goal as the fifths edged out Maldon Academy, with the Old Boys impressive sixth team recorded their fourth-successive success, beating Braintree’s 5th’s by seven unanswered goals – Steve Holmes and Rich Cooper each bagged a brace, while Trevor Guy, Ollie Gull and Paul Stoner finished the job.

OLD SOUTHENDIAN LADIES first team earned a share of the spoils following a 1-1 draw with a strong Upminster side. Sami Da Costa scored early on for the Old Girls – Upmister salvaged a point in the final moments. Captain, Emily Robinson, said: “It was a great team effort with some beautiful hockey being played.”

The tempestuous weather conditions threatened to hinder the ladies second string’s progress. However, they defeated both the elements and Southend & Benfleet thirds with some fast-paced hockey. Cris Liebenberg, Freya Cotton and Chloe Foster scored the goals – Captain, Ros Jackson, enthused: “I am delighted with both the way the team played today and their ongoing commitment to training and fitness which has contributed to this result.”

The ladies third team found the going hard against a strong Wapping side. Despite their best efforts, the Old Girls went down by nine goals to nil. Praise was heaped on 13-year-old Charlotte Armitage, who capped her senior debut with a sterling display with earned her the Seasiders Player of the Match.

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Brian Jeeves

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