OLD SOUTHENDIAN HOCKEY CLUB’S men’s first XI fought back to earn a share of the spoils, recovering a 3-1 deficit to snatch a thrilling 3-3 draw at St Albans.
The Old Boys trailed 2-0 before Giles Davies pulled one back following a short corner routine. However, the home side soon extended their advantage to 3-1 and looked likely to claim the points.
But the Seasiders hit back. Giles reduced the arrears further with a neat drag-flick and then completed a superb hat-trick – once again profiting from a well-drilled short corner.
Alex Krekis produced a masterful display at the back in what was a feisty encounter which saw green and yellow cards handed out to both sides.
It proved to be a tough afternoon for the threadbare Men’s 2nd XI who slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Old Loughtonians. Meanwhile, the 3rd XI came from behind to win at Chelmsford – Stanley Upton providing the fireworks for the winners with some exceptional wing-play.
The fourth team won 2-1 at Witham. David Jackson bagging a brace after the home side had taken the lead, while the 5ths played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Old Loughts – Hayden Stanford and Phil Herrtage providing the Old Boys goals. Speaking after the match, skipper, Paul Ashworth, said, “We were ahead until the very last minute. They were very skilful, which we countered with work rate and application – and with just a bare eleven.
“A great performance, but just unlucky at the end.”
Elsewhere, the 6th XI was unlucky to lose 2-0 against an experienced Old Loughts 8th XI. Old Southendian dominated much of the game, with Dan Street impressing despite the defeat.
OLD SOUTHENDIAN LADIES first XI played out an incredible 4-4 draw with a tough Witham side.
Fliss Clarke handed the Old Girls an early lead, but Witham soon hit back. Anna Williams spectacularly restored Old Southendian’s advantage, then Anna Cooper made it 3-1 with a penalty-flick.
Witham hit back again, but Beccy Williams made it 4-2. But a late rally saw Witham pull level. Captain, Emily Robinson, explained: “It was the very best I have seen us play, especially attacking. It was enjoyable, and we can take great confidence from this.”
The Ladies second XI won 3-1 against Havering 3rds – Chloe Foster, Cris Liebenberg and Freya Cotton capping a decent performance with the goals. Team captain, Ros Jackson, enthused: “It was great to see our hard work and commitment finally paying off.”
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