Old Girls stunned as Havering fightback

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OLD SOUTHENDIAN Ladies First XI were left stunned after opponents Havering staged an incredible fightback to earn a share of the spoils from an otherwise thoroughly entertaining contest.

The Old Girls played some of their best hockey of the season during the opening period, racing into a three-goal lead thanks to strikes from Anna Cooper, Sami Da Costa and Sarah Herriott.

Havering reduced the arrears shortly before the interval, but there was little sign of what was to follow as they scored twice more after the break to earn a 3-3 draw.

Old Girls captain, Emily Robinson, focused on the positives, explaining: “One point is better than none, while we are disappointed, there were many positives to take from the first half.”

The Old Girls second-string stunned a Brentwood third XI who sat eight places above them in the table.

Chloe Foster dispatched the first goal from a short corner, Ellie Turner finished superbly for the second and a well-worked team effort lead to Cris Liebenberg beating the keeper for the third in a notable 3-0 success. Skipper, Ros Jackson, said: “This was a resolute, confident team performance and a superb start to the new year. The whole team are to be congratulated on their effort and commitment.”

Another thrilling clash saw the Old Girls third team fall a goal behind to Chelmsford, before goals from Suzie Williams, Charlotte Upton and another from Williams turned the game on its head in favour of the Seasiders.

But the mid-Essex side fought back to level the score and might have won it in the final stages had it not been for some resolute Old Girls defending – the eventual outcome, another 3-3 draw.

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 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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