THE WEEKEND provided a mixed bag of results as the Old Southendian men and women’s hockey teams took up their sticks for week two of their respective domestic campaigns.
The Men’s first XI faced a double-header, taking on Hitchin and Sudbury in the space of 24 hours. Giles Davies and Mike Smithson hit the target to ensure a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw at Hitchin, while an exciting 5-4 victory was achieved at Sudbury.
The Old Boys led 5-1 in Suffolk thanks to goals from Giles Davies, Mike Smithson, Ben Cotton, Jack Andrews and Mike Roberts but a late rally saw Sudbury almost snatch something from what was an incredible game
There was a rude awakening for the 2nd XI, who were hammered 5-1 in the Div3SE clash with Brentwood. Incredibly, Old Southendian enjoyed the majority of the play, but Brentwood’s ruthlessness in front of goal proved crucial – Will Malcolm the star performer for the Seasiders.
Trevor McCarthy’s brilliant strike wasn’t sufficient for the men’s 3rd team who slipped to a 3-1 reverse to Wapping – poor defending sighted for the setback. However, the 4th XI maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw against Brentwood. A penalty flick provided the Old Boys goal in what was an evenly matched encounter.
Both the fifth and 6th XI’s were on the wrong end of the result. The 5th team were beaten 2-0 at Chelmsford’s 7th XI in a hard-fought match. Captain Paul Ashworth said, “It was great to see both teams have young players make their debuts in adult hockey, the opposition scored their two short corners, and sadly we did not.”
Meanwhile, the sixes narrowly lost for the second successive week. Waltham Forest taking the plaudits with a 2-1 victory at the Olympic Park Rich Cooper was on target for Old Southendian while Jacob Chapman impressed for the visitors.
Old Southendian Ladies first XI played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Havering. After going a goal down the team sprang into life with two quick goals – The first a whole team effort with Beccy Withams finishing. The second, a superb individual effort from Sami Da Costa who calmly beat the keeper one-on-one and slotted home.
Early in the second half, Fliss Clarke had a shot from a short corner saved but was there to score the rebound as the Old Girls stretched their advantage to 3-1.
But Havering – to their enormous credit – were relentless in their pressure and hit back to earn a share of the spoils. Captain Emily Robinson said: “It was a great game – but Havering never gave up. Their determination and strength were admirable.”
The Ladies 2nd XI battled well but lost 2-0 to a well organised Brentwood 3rd XI. There were strong performances from Alice Harman and Kate Williams contributed to a well balanced fast-paced match but ultimately Brentwood edged it. Elsewhere, The Ladies 3rd XI lost 1-0 away to Chelmsford.
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