On-fire Old Boys stun Norwich

Old Southendian Men’s Hockey first team followed up last weekend’s Prem ‘A’ victory over Ipswich with a stunning 3-2 success at high-flying Norwich City.

The Old Boys headed to Norfolk looking to enhance their credentials sat this level and they didn’t disappoint.

Indeed, Old Southendian has swiftly adapted to life in the fourth tier of English hockey. On a wet afternoon, it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of opening exchanges. Nevertheless, the Seasiders managed Norwich’s counter-attacking style and provided a threat of their own, with   

Tim Robinson and John Hawke

However, it was Norwich who opened the scoring shortly before the interval following a lightening raid after an Old Boys attack had been rebuffed.

But the Old Boys responded strongly, restoring parity within ten minutes of the restart. Giles Davies rifling against the backboard following a well-drilled short corner routine. It was his tenth goal in six matches. 

Davies then turned provider, surging forward before finding Robinson at the back post to deftly lift over the onrushing stopper – the turn around rapid – only fifty seconds between the two goals.

Norwich pressed hard, and with just seven minutes remaining, they made it 2-2. But Old Southendian were not to be denied a notable victory. Skipper, Alfie Hibbard exchanged passes with Sam Lowe, the latter firing across the circle for Hibbard to finish from close-range – sparking wild celebrations amongst players and supporters of the Essex side.

The victory moved Old Southendian into fourth place ahead of the lockdown. Undoubtedly, they can’t wait to get restarted and finish what they have started this season.

The Old Boys second-string hammered Chelmsford 5-1 t Warners Bridge to make it six victories from as many matches. 

Chelmsford did their utmost to stifle the Seasiders, but two goals from Josh Copeland and one apiece from Jack Andrews, Connor Andrews and birthday boy, Toby Jordan, secured the three Div3SE points.

The Old Southendian third team were involved in a physical battle with Rochford’s top team. Despite falling behind early on, the Old Boys were to eventually prevail thanks to goals from Miller, Hooper and Ashworth. 

There were defeats for the Old Boys fourth and fifth teams. The fourths went down by three unanswered goals to their Chelmsford counterparts, while a single goal was enough to see London Royals topple the fifths in a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

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]

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Brian Jeeves

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