Seventh heaven for Old Boys special reserve

WITH THE OLD SOUTHENDIAN MEN’S FIRST XI enjoying a week off, focus switched to the clubs second string, who were looking to bounce back at Braintree following back-to-back defeats.

And it proved to be a successful day for the newly promoted Seasiders who ran out winners by seven goals to two – a result which moved them away from the wrong end of the table.

Ben Cotton scored twice during the opening period, while Mark Williams was also on target as the Old Boys led 3-1 at the halfway point.

Ill discipline proved costly to Braintree – a flurry of cards allowing Old Southendian to enjoy a numerical advantage, which they exploited expertly.

Josh Copeland bagged two of his won, while Jack Andrews and Connor Jury completed the rout. Speaking after the match, Old Boys skipper,
Jack Stevenson said: “This was back to the form from last season – it was great to see. Man of the Match, once again, went to the excellent Will Malcolm in his maiden season for the 2nd XI.”

The Old Boys third XI won 4-1 at Maldon. Will Green leading the way with an impressive hat-trick. Bouyant captain, Noel Smith, enthused: “This is always a tough place to come, but we have played well and gone away happy.”

The fourth team remain undefeated this season thanks to a resounding 4-0 win over Clacton. George Miller followed up his exploits from the previous week by snaffling a hat-trick, while Josh Frankel also found the net. This result leaves the Old Boys in second place as they look to mount a serious title challenge.

The Old Boys fifth XI played out an exciting derby with Southend’s third team, starting strongly and racing into a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Mark Hopkins and Owen Stanford (2).

Southend hit back after the break, reducing the arrears to 3-2. But the Old Boys held firm to take maximum points. “It was a thrilling game with our friendly neighbours, played in great spirit,” skipper Paul Ashworth explained.

And it proved to be a terrific afternoon for the Old Boys sixth XI who won 3-0 at top of the table East London, thanks to a hat-trick from promising youngster, James Balkwill – his first goals for the Warners Bridge club.

A DEPLETED Old Southendian Ladies first XI didn’t hold back at Wapping. Blaise Copeland brilliantly opened the scoring, while Fliss Clarke scored twice to ensure a 3-1 success.

Old Girls captain, Emily Robinson, was delighted with her side: “It was a great game and a fantastic performance from the girls,” she said.

“This win has allowed us to shoot up the league and is a real morale boost.”

Despite dominating the game for large spells, the battling Old Girls second string went down by a goal to nil against Chelmsford. Captain Ros Jackson, bemoaned: “This was a tough result for us as we had played some super hockey but I have every faith in the team that we will come back from this defeat stronger and tougher.”

The third team also went down to a single goal as Benfleet enjoyed success at Old Southendian’s expense. Nevertheless, a young Old Girls side provided plenty of positives and displayed great levels sportsmanship which has been recognised throughout the local hockey scene.

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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