Old Boys win a seven-goal thriller against Cambridge University

OLD SOUTHENDIAN Men’s Hockey first team stand on the cusp of promotion to Prem ‘A’ following an exciting 4-3 victory over Cambridge University at Warners Bridge.

Looking to avenge a 3-2 setback earlier in the campaign – the Old Boys last defeat – Giles Davies, Mike Smithson and Alfie Hibbard were all thwarted by the Cambridge goalkeeper. And that looked significant as the visits snatched the lead before the interval.

However, a devastating spell after the restart saw the Old Boys turn the match on its head. Tim Robinson restored parity, then added his second. Smithson got in on the act to make it 3-1.

Cambridge hit back, but Robinson made it 4-2 – all-but sealing the contest. The visitors again responded, but the Old Boys held firm. 

Speaking after the game, elated Old Southendian captain, Alfie Hibbard, said: “A win against fellow promotion contenders Broxbourne on Saturday ensures promotion to Prem ‘A’ with a week to spare and taking the club to the highest level of hockey in its recent history.”

The Old Boys second string took a huge step towards avoiding relegation with a 4-2 Division 3SE victory over Redbridge & Ilford.

Josh Copeland bagged a hat-trick, while Stuart MacDonald’s short corner completed an impressive home win with two games remaining.

The third team went down 5-3 in an entertaining contest with east London. Milo Storer scored twice, while McCarthy was also on target. 

Tom Hooper made an impressive debut and claimed a well-earned Man of the Match award. Skipper, Noel Smith, explained: “Unfortunately, despite playing some of the better hockey we ran out of legs with no substitutes.”

Old Boys fourth team went down by seven goals to one at top of the table Tower Hamlets, a team unbeaten in three seasons – Roy Murnane with the consolation. Meanwhile, the fifth team won 4-1 at Thurrock seconds – Paul Ashworth with a brace, Phil Herrtage and Hayden Stanford adding the others. Skipper, Ashworth, said: “It was a tighter game than the scoreline suggests. Both sides had a string of shorts, but all goals came from open play.”

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 and three ladies teams as well as youth 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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