Blueharts Hockey Club round-up: ladies second team produce torrent of goals to triumph against Tring
PUBLISHED: 13:17 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:49 13 November 2017
It was another busy week for Hitchin’s thriving Blueharts Hockey club.
Blueharts ladies second team produced a torrent of goals against Tring to triumph 5-1 at the weekend.
They returned to winning ways as Kate Chappell and Ella Blackmore got on the scoresheet as the hosts took control of the game.
The visitors began the second half with more belief but the defensive line of Ellen Robertson, Mia Luk, Claire Dainton, Rachel Morey and Lizzie Bayley looked strong throughout.
Ellie Walton was next to get on the scoreboard with some lovely pass and move sequences putting Blueharts 3-0 up.
A lapse in concentration let Tring pull one back before Blackmore deflected the ball to Player of the Match Chappell who tucked it away and bagged a brace. Zoe Smith popped up with the fifth after a well worked long corner.
*The Ladies third team won 3-2 away to Saffron Walden in a tough match. They went 1-0 down after a quarter of an hour as Walden boasted quick forwards and a strong defence. With five minutes left in the first half, Hannah McPherson hit the back board making it 1-1 at half-time.
Both teams battled hard after the interval with a short corner allowing Blueharts to smash another in by Julie Buckland from a great pass from Niamh Krishman. Walden then pulled it back to 2-2 but with five minutes remaining Sam Vaughan grabbed the winner to make it 3-2.
The ladies fourth team drew 2-2 against Bedford with the ladies first team losing 3-2 to Letchworth.
*The men’s first team drew 2-2 at home against Spalding after being 2-0 up against the visitors who were promoted along with the Hitchin side last term.
Despite two losses against them last season, Blueharts felt a victory was possible and a great opportunity to kick start the season. The Men’s 1s also welcomed Mark Flint returning to the first team after a year off who bought his solid style of hockey and stick skills back in the side.
The game started exactly how the home didn’t want it to with mistakes all over the park giving the visitors lots of chances and possession in the midfield. Fortunately for Blues, they were unable to convert some excellent chances thanks to some resolute defending and some excellent goalkeeping from man of the match Will Gallimore. The main threat was the Spalding drag flicker so it was imperative that the Blues didn’t give away many short corners. Making things hard for themselves the visitors won several short corners in the first half. Fortunately Gallimore was up to the task and when he wasn’t, Danny Fair and Matt Gardner on the line each made some remarkable stick saves putting their bodies on the line for the team with spectacular results.
After weathering the storm some strong running from Liam Connelly won a short corner which was duly dispatched into the corner of the goal by Nick Ross, proving that placement often wins over power. 1-0 up at half time the Blues felt that their performance could improve and after half time it did. The game started to open up and some good work from Steve Turner in the midfield found captain Richard Julian with some time and space in the D and he duly dispatched the ball into the corner with a great shot to make it 2-0. The chances continued to present themselves but we were just unable to convert, with many golden opportunities to increase the lead going begging. Then came the inevitable fight back. Spalding converted a short corner and despite being comfortable enough in the game, mistakes crept in, the game plan was forgotten and the visitors could sniff a second goal coming. A short corner was awarded at the death and despite another incredible save on the line from post man Danny Fair, the ball dropped onto his foot, a flick awarded and dispatched to joyous celebrations for the visitors and yet more heartbreak for Blueharts.
*The men’s seconds drew 1-1 versus Crostyx while the men’s thirds took on 2nd placed and unbeaten Potters Bar emerging 1-0 winners moving up to second place in the East 4SW League.
The men’s fourth team lost 2-4 away to Vauxhall. Nathan Edwards scored twice with two slaps from the top of the D in a match which saw successful debuts from Tom Russell, Will Guest, Charlie MacDonald and Flynn Krishman.
*The men’s fifths beat West Herts 2-0 at home while the men’s sixths travelled to face Royston seconds going down 5-2 down with both goals coming from Jason Trickett.
*The U16 Boys had a challenging game against an Amersham side with a 100 per cent record in the Mercian League this season. After going a goal down the boys equalised from their only short corner when James Henry scored. They were unlucky not to lead at half-time through another good chance.
Going 2-1 down early after the interval the boys responded with a Charlie MacDonald equaliser before an excellent move saw Charlie set up Raymond Lin to beat the keeper and give Blues the lead.
A ten minute period of dominance saw Amersham score three goals to take them to a 5-3 win with the Blueharts squad tiring but it was another good performance against strong opposition and an encouraging U16 seasonal debut for rising star George Storey.