Seventh heaven for in-form Old Boys

OLD SOUTHENDIAN men’s hockey first XI greatly enhanced their Prem ‘B’ promotion credentials with a resounding 7-0 victory over Shefford & Sandy.

The defensive-minded visitor’s parked the proverbial ‘bus’ in a bid to limit the damage. However, the Old Boys made short work of that particular tactic as Tim Robinson netted a stylish hat-trick, while Liam Peoples bagged two as well as one each from Alfie Hibbard and Dave Catchpole.

Speaking after the game, skipper, Hibbard, enthused: “This was a professional display from our ever-improving team. It means we move closer to Letchworth and continue our hunt for promotion.”

The Old Boys second string played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in windswept conditions against Upminster at Warners Bridge. The Seasiders were a little disappointed not to have claimed victory – Connor Andrews, Josh Copeland and Toby Jordan scored the goals. Frustrated captain, Jack Stevenson, bemoaned: “It was a good performance, but on a different day we could have taken all three points.”

The Men’s third team shared four goals with Waltham Forest. Old Southendian had lead 2-0 late in the game thanks to goals from Trevor McCarthy and George Miller, however, the east Londoners hit back to earn a share of the spoils. Captain, Noel Smith, remained positive, explaining: “We played the best hockey of the season so far, with everyone contributing to this. Riz Kahn was very impressive and we scored two good goals.”

There was a disappointing defeat for the Old Boys fourth XI who went down 3-2 at Braintree. The visitors started the game poorly and trailed 3-0 before Darren Fessey and Steve Holmes gave them hope. Skipper, Simon Jackson, said: “Despite sustained pressure for most of the second half we were unable to salvage a result.”

Meanwhile, the Old Boys fifth team won by the odd goal in three at London Royals. Martin Robinson and Paul Ashworth scored the all-important goals, skipper, Ashworth, said: “It was a great win and a great performance – special praise should go to Man of the Match, Mark Hopkins.”

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]

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Brian Jeeves

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