Blueharts Hockey Club round-up
PUBLISHED: 14:41 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 29 January 2018
As Blueharts move into the deciding part of the season, with teams contesting for promotion or to avoid relegation, adult sides had four wins, two draws and four defeats, keeping the Ladies’ first’s, Men’s third’s and Ladies’ fourth’s prospects of promotion alive.
The Men’s sixth’s won 6-0 at home against a St. Albans side they lost to in the reverse fixture.
It was a fine display from the youngsters in the sixth’s, who were on the wrong end of a 6-0 score line last week.
The youngsters stepped up to the plate with Jamie Addison and Will Guest putting on a strong performance playing central midfield for the first time.
Gowan McQuade had his best game and scored two well deserved goals.
Ben Bayley and David Addison also turned on the skill to score and Tom Sadler assisted a goal with his finest pass of the game.
Not to be outdone by the youngsters, Bobby Bridges and Chris Slack smashed the ball on target for a conclusive 6-0 victory meaning the sixth’s jump to 8th in the 7SW league and out of the relegation zone with two games in hand over the side three points above them.
The Men’s first’s continued to battle in what has been a tough season so far, playing well at home to top of league side Wapping.
Starting the game under pressure from the visitors, man of the match Nick Ross and Chris Batchelor were dominant in defence.
Wapping created few chances despite some long spells of possession. They found it hard to break down the Blueharts press and the team were able to win the ball and create some chances of their own.
Both forwards put in a season’s best performance, holding the ball up well and keeping the game flowing.
Ed Atkins and Liam Connelly caused problems for the defence, Ben Phillipson kept it simple on his debut but showed maturity and an understanding of what has asked of him and he rarely gave up the ball, Harry Sampson was an excellent point man.
Despite all of this good work, it was Wapping who scored first.
Some over-zealous defending gifted the visitors a short corner and despite an excellent save from Will Gallimore, the visitors were able to work another chance and find the back of the net.
Blueharts dug deep and stayed in the game with Bailey Farmer solid at right back and Simon Leeson controlling the left, allowing Jeff Parker the freedom to come forward and create more chances.
Another excellent run from Liam Connelly found a foot in the D and a solid drag flick from Nick Ross found Steve Turner’s stick and the back of the net to score against his old club.
That levelled the score at 1-1 going into half time, leaving the game very much in the balance.
However, some good running from Wapping’s forwards exploited some defensive errors to make it 1-2.
Despite putting Wapping under real pressure on the break, the chance to equalise didn’t come.
The Men’s second’s drew 1-1 away to East London.
The Men’s third’s continued their great run of form and top Div 4SW with another convincing win at home, beating a much improved Winchmore Hill side 6-0.
The Men’s fourth’s lost 4-1 away to Hertford.
The Men’s fifth’s put in a great effort at home against a strong St. Albans side in contention for promotion from 5SW earning Blueharts a valuable point in a 1-1 draw.
The U14 Boys played a Mercian league match on the Sunday and drew 2-2 at home against Eastcote with Ben Bayley scoring a brace for Blueharts.
The Ladies’ first’s won 4-1 away to West Herts.
Donning the new Blueharts kit, the first’s set the tone for the game with the fastest goal of the season.
Harriet Marsh stole the ball off the opposition within seconds of push back, quickly passing to Jay Livermore who slipped the ball expertly into the goal.
Despite Blueharts having the majority of possession the home side equalised from a short corner.
Kate Sherwood put Blueharts back in control, picking up a rebound from a short corner to find the back of the net.
It wasn’t long after that Sherwood scored her brace connecting with another rebound taking it to 3-1 at half time.
With the opposition goalie saving straight strikes, Blueharts created chances by varying their attempts on goal.
They were so close to scoring with the ball hitting the cross bar, posts and saved several times on the line by West Herts defence.
The final goal of the game came from a rapid attack down the right that started with Sarah Baxter passing the ball to player of match Livermore, who had run into the D to smash the ball on target.
The win secures the second place slot in East Div 2SW, six points behind Sudbury and two points above Wapping.
The Ladies’ second’s hosted Hertford seeking their first points of 2018 and they managed to pick up all three with a 2-0 win.
The Ladies’ third’s lost 3-1 away to Hertford and the Ladies’ fourth’s remain in top three despite losing 2-1 away to Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead.