Six on the bounce for ruthless Old Boys

Old Southendian HC 3-2 St Albans

OLD SOUTHENDIAN men’s hockey first XI extended their winning sequence to six matches with a dramatic last-gasp victory over St Albans.

A penalty stroke from Giles Davies handed the Old Boys the lead, then Alex Krekis reacted the quickest following a short corner to double the home sides advantage.

Goalkeeper, John Hawke, kept St Albans at bay, however, the visitor’s pressure told as they clawed their way back into the contest and looked likely to leave with a share of the spoils.

But in the final moments, play, player-coach Jonty Clarke collected on
the half-way line and surged forward into the opposition circle before picking out Davies, who scored the winner from close range

Speaking after the match, delighted Old Boys captain, Alife Hibbard, enthused: “That was an incredible finish to the game. I’m delighted with the result and in particular the form of Giles Davies. He is our top scorer with 17.”

A frozen surface saw the Old Boys second string without a game. However, the third team did beat the icy conditions as well as hosts, Chelmsford. Josh Frankel hit an impressive a hat-trick while other goals came from Trevor McCarthy, George Miller and captain Noel Smith as the visitors recorded a 6-1 triumph. Skipper Smith said: “A 6-1 victory at Chelmsford was a just reward for some of the best hockey I’ve seen us play.”

The fourth team’s push for promotion was checked as they played out a 2-2 draw with a strong Witham side. Victory would have seen the Seasiders leapfrog their opponents, but despite twice taking the lead through Andy Clark, the points were shared.

The Old Boys fifth team played out a tremendous game at Maldon Academy, eventually winning a rollercoaster of a contest by five goals to four. Incredibly, Old Southendian found themselves 4-1 down with twenty minutes to go. Paul Ashworth, Roy Murnane (penalty), Phil Herrtage with a brace ensured they went into the final stages on terms. Then after the award of a penalty corner on the final whistle, Old Boys worked it short and in the melee that followed, skipper, Ashworth, slotted home his second and a dramatic last-minute winner.

The super sith team continued their winning streak with a comprehensive 3-0 success over Braintree’s fifth XI.

The Old Boys remain top of the league on goal difference. Steve Holmes, Rich Cooper and Paul Stoner with the all-important goals. Skipper, Stoner said: “The sixes have only conceded four goals all season and Saturday’s game was another clean sheet. Man of the match was central defender Michael Raffan who has been at the heart of the strong defence all season.”

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Brian Jeeves

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