Harts are on a roll in the league
Men s hockey round-up BLUEHARTS thrashed Chelmsford 2nds 8-3 to continue their fine run of form. Chelmsford, who fielded a strong side, were always in the hunt for goals. But excellent defending from captain Tom Morey, and a string of fine saves from goal
Men's hockey round-up
BLUEHARTS thrashed Chelmsford 2nds 8-3 to continue their fine run of form.
Chelmsford, who fielded a strong side, were always in the hunt for goals.
But excellent defending from captain Tom Morey, and a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Will Pugh, made sure they could not catch Harts.
It took just a minute for the in-form Jimmy Lewis to find the net, blasting the ball high from a difficult angle.
Two minutes later, Ashley Hammond put away a loose rebound with immaculate precision.
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Next it was the turn of Colin Burnell, who converted a short corner with an unstoppable drag flick, putting it low to the keeper's stick side.
John Barrett smashed the next short corner hard into the same corner and just before the break, Chelmsford managed to convert a short corner of their own to make it 4-1.
A poor start to the new half allowed Chelmsford in for their second.
Minutes later, a penalty stroke was awarded in favour of Harts and for the third week in a row, Barrett converted.
Then Lewis scored his second, reverse stick sweeping the ball over the beached goalkeeper.
Man of the match Oliver Hammond scored the goal of the game as several passes were put together before he found himself one-on-one with the goalie and drilled the ball hard into the corner.
Chelmsford, who were still putting up a fight, scored a good breakaway goal.
With only a minute left, Lewis popped up to score his third from a well-worked short corner routine.
The seconds had a convincing 5-1 win at their counterparts from Letchworth.
A fine move saw Dan Drew take his opportunity well to fire a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle into the far corner past a stranded keeper.
The prolific Tim Price soon scored a second and the second half saw the lead extended to four as Drew completed his hat-trick. Ben Meyers' powerful drive from the edge of the circle provided the fifth after Phil Britton's corner strike was parried.
Late consolation for the home side came with a strike from a short corner.
Letchworth remain second in Division Two South behind Berkhamsted despite a disappointing result against fellow promotion hopefuls Upminster.
They were beaten 5-4 despite goals from Tom Butler, Will Butler and Dave Gentry (two).
The seconds were comprehensively beaten (Jack Fraser scoring) by a young and dynamic Blueharts team and remain bottom. The thirds lost 3-2 at Luton 3rds, while the fourths dropped to third in Division Six South West after Welwyn GC 3rds did the double in a 4-2 win (Nick Hawkes and Kevin Smith replying).
Gary Putnam (two), Mike Waterman and Gary Pond were all on target as the fifths beat Southgate Adelaide 3rds 4-0. The sixth team lost 4-1 at Hertford 4ths.
Stevenage shared the points at Chelmsford following a 2-2 draw.
Chelmsford took the lead after only two minutes from a well-taken short corner. After 15 minutes, Paul Graves' effort rebounded back to the top of the penalty area where Mike Oliver was waiting to unleash a phenomenal strike.
Stevenage were creating wave after wave of attacks and when they did get through, the keeper made a spectacular save to deny birthday boy Jon Oliver.
The pressure finally told when Rob Cornell found captain Danny Blackburn who, after seeing his first effort well saved, fired home the rebound into the roof of the net for a half-time lead.
In an action-packed finale to the game, Cornell crossed for Graves to hit the post and David Fisk cleared off the line.
Five minutes from time, Chelmsford equalised after a lack of concentration at the back for Stevenage. In the last minute, Oliver missed a good chance for the winner.
Gary Fung scored a consolation as the seconds were beaten 5-1 by bottom side Winchmore Hill and Enfield.
The thirds went down 2-0 to Berkhamsted 2nds, while Ian Brown's hat-trick and a goal for Shaun Webster earned the fourths a 4-4 draw against their Welwyn Garden City counterparts.
The weakened fifths (6-0) and sixths (5-0) both suffered heavy defeats against opposition from Broxbourne.
MBDA enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory over Rickmansworth 3rds.
Paul Lawman opened the scoring after the ball had rebounded back off the post.
A second goal came from Ed Heinzelmann, with a neat chip over the keeper.
After half-time, MBDA continued to play some attacking hockey with their defence also performing well.
The final goals came from new players Dave Goode and Chris Hose, who both avoided the on-rushing Rickmansworth keeper to score.