Hitchin hockey club Blueharts’ makes strong start to season across the board
PUBLISHED: 10:24 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 27 September 2017
Hitchin’s Blueharts Hockey Club made a strong start to new the season across the board.
The popular sports club at Lucas Lane in the town saw six wins, two draws and only defeats from its teams.
Read on to learn more.
The Ladies’ 1s couldn’t wait to get the season started with their first league match at home against Stevenage in East League 2W.
In front of a number of supporters, Blueharts got off to a strong start with Ellie Cockburn putting away a cross from Jay Livermore to score within the first three minutes. Blueharts had most of attacking play with a second goal from a counter attack when Kate Sherwood drove the ball up the left wing to pass to Ellie Cockburn who took on the keeper to make it 2-0.
The tables then turned with Stevenage having the majority of play forcing Blueharts into their half putting the defence under pressure.
Some fantastic saves by Nat Sullivan and the defence diffusing numerous short corners kept the score line 2-0 at half time.
Blueharts came out after half time determined to get back into their stride and scored again with a textbook goal that started with Carly Madders free hit finding Jay Livermore with pinpoint accuracy. Livermore then sprinted up the right wing, dodging defenders to whip a cross into the D which was expertly put away by Zoe Smith (nee Broadfoot).
The Ladies’ 2s travelled away to Berkhamstead and Hemel Hempstead with Cindy Dixon making her debut in goal. Looking dangerous in attack Blueharts won several short corners which proved tricky to convert on the sandy pitch. Blueharts were first to score with Kate Chappell taking on the keeper in a one-on-one. In the second half Chappell scored a brace after slotting home a ball from Tamzin Wright making it a 2-0 win.
Ladies’ 3s faced Berkhampstead and Hemel at home. 1-0 down at half time, Blueharts equalised with a goal from Tilly Turner after half time but couldn’t keep level with the visitors making it 4-1 on the final whistle.
The Ladies’ 4s got off to a good start beating Broxbourne 4-3 away.
The newly promoted Men’s 4s drew 2-2 against Broxbourne at home for a solid start to their season having gained promotion to 4SW.
This was a game that Blueharts dominated in the first 20 minutes leading to a goal from Swinyard during a short corner. It was then followed by a goal from Tim Sporle during open play. However it seemed like early season fitness seemed to draw in towards the end of the first half, allowing Broxbourne back into the game to eventually score, making the scores 2-1 by the end of the half. The start of the second half was more evenly balanced, with Broxbourne grabbing a second goal moments after the interval. Special mention should go to Adam Taplin and Tom Jackson making their 4th team debuts who both played really well.
Men’s 5s lost 5-1 against Berkhamstead.
The newly promoted Men’s 6s got off to a flying start winning 3-2 at home in a close game against MBDA. A brace of goals from Sean Storey kept Blueharts in the game 2-2. Joe Myhill making his debut for Blueharts men’s hockey scored the winning goal in the final minute. Successful debuts with Blueharts men’s hockey included Ben Bayley, Joe Myhill, Thomas Sadler and Thomas Harvey.
The Men’s 1s drew 1-1 away to Chelmsford. They face Letchworth next week for a local derby in Premier A division.
Men’s 2s comfortably beat Cambridge South at home 2-0.
Men’s 3s won 3-0 away to St Albans