There was a mixed bag of results for Southend Hockey Club’s men’s section with all three teams in action.
James Lockwood bagged a brace but unfortunately finished on the losing side as opponents, Upminster, triumphed by four goals to two.
Despite the defeat, debutant Paul Taylor impressed, producing a Man of the Match display for the Seasiders.
Nick Porter scored Southend second strings goal in a 2-1 defeat to Old Loughtonians. However, the game of the day saw Mickey Walsh hit all five goals in a thrilling 5-3 victory over London Royals.
The Royals more than played their part. Nevertheless, Southend captain, Ian Richardson, was delighted with the outcome: “I’m chuffed with the result, even though we were not at our fluent best the season is young and we have time to improve.
“It feels good to get three points on the board early on and before we really get going.
“I’m pleased for Gary Webber, Dan Bisgrove and the Arnolds making their league debuts and all playing a part in this winning return to action.”
Richardson added: “This is always a tough fixture and I believe this is our first victory against them in the last five attempts so we will take it. These are games we have to win to be in with a shot of a second successive promotion this time around.”
(Thanks to Rachel Garfirth for her continued support with Yellow Sports coverage of Southend Hockey Club)