SAMI Da COSTA was in superb form, hitting all four goals as Old Southendian Ladies Hockey first team hammered high-flying Witham 4-0.
Witham arrived in second place but found themselves chasing the game when Da Costa profited from Amy Elvidge’s long cross.
Skipper, Emily Robinson, gave a rousing half-time team talk which was overheard by most of the crowd as she loudly instructed her charges to get more goals.
And that’s exactly what she got as Da Costa responded with a further three as the Old Girls confirmed a resounding success.
Speaking after the match, Robinson enthused: “It was a fantastic effort from all the girls, one of the best matches I have ever seen us play.
Well done to our super entre-forward Sami Da Costa and congrats to our youngest member Kate Williams on her well deserved Player of the Match award. This win takes us up to fifth in the league.”
The Old Girls second-string held their nerve to see off a dogged Havering side.
Chloe Foster grabbed a memorable hat-trick, while Libby Turner was also on target as the Seasiders triumphed by four goals to three.
Captain Ros Jackson, said: “Havering had moments of brilliance from two very talented players that tested our defence to its limit. But the strength of our midfield and strike force resulted in our four unstoppable goals. I am really pleased with another great team performance.”
The Old Girls third team battled hard before slipping to a single-goal defeat against a talented East London outfit.
The games decisive moment arrived during the second half, but the fighting spirit of the Seasiders – particularly with a bare eleven – was noted by those in the crowd who commented on how enjoyable the game was to watch. Captain, Evie Collins, said: “There was no Player of the Match award this week as everyone played well.
“We continue to learn the game at this level, and improve with every match.”
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