Lead thrown away

PUBLISHED: 10:19 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

Blueharts shared eight goals with Broxbourne in an extremely physical game of hockey. After falling behind, captain Oliver Hammond calmly converted a penalty stroke to bring the scores level. Harts began to settle and dominate the game. Two more goals wer

Blueharts shared eight goals with Broxbourne in an extremely physical game of hockey.

After falling behind, captain Oliver Hammond calmly converted a penalty stroke to bring the scores level.

Harts began to settle and dominate the game. Two more goals were added before the half-time break, a goalline scramble allowed Ashley Hammond in for his one and then a great drag flick from Colin Burnell made it 3-1.

Jimmy Lewis added the fourth after the break but then it all went wrong.

Lack of discipline from Danny Fair resulted in a yellow card and gave Broxbourne a one-man advantage.

Harts conceded almost straight after the incident and panic set in with Broxbourne adding a third. Numerous chances to score a fifth were not taken by Harts and Broxbourne scored their fourth and levelled with minutes to go.

The seconds beat Old Southendians by four goals without reply.

Tim Price opened the scoring on 20 minutes and Michael Weeks netted a second after the break. Phil Britton struck twice to put the game out of reach for Old Southendians.

An acrobatic penalty save late on ensured a clean sheet.

Letchworth recovered from 4-0 down to win an exciting game against Broxbourne seconds and keep their promotion hopes alive. Scott Apps scored a hat-trick with two for Tom Butler and one from Chris Wharton.

They need to win against local rivals Blueharts and Old Southendians and hope that promotion rivals Shefford and Sandy drop further points.

The seconds need just one point from their last two games in order to clinch promotion to Division Two South.

They won 5-2 against Hertford with a Dane Hirst hat-trick supported by goals from Ashley Brown and Phil Wareing.

The thirds won 8-1 against Broxbourne fifths thanks to Ben Abbott (two), Dave Thomas (two), Mark Bozdogan, Tony Major, Matt Wade and Nick Cole.

A bruising 2-1 success at Luton Vagrants was the first league win since Christmas for the fourths (Gary Pond and Paul Bellingham).

The fifth XI must win their final league game against Broxbourne to have any chance of finishing runners-up after losing 2-0 to Royston fourths.

A heavy 8-0 defeat against the league leaders Bishop's Stortford sixths leaves the extras bottom of the table.

Stevenage had their relegation confirmed after another league defeat, this time 5-3 at the hands of drop rivals Upminster.

Stevenage found themselves 1-0 down early on before they woke up and created a few openings of their own. Matt Oliver found brother Ben who creamed home a great equaliser with precision.

Upminster had the easiest of tap-ins with a three-on-one situation, giving Tim Dingley no chance for the second.

Just before the break it was 3-1 as Upminster counter attacked and James Hamilton tried in vain to cut out a pass to the centre forward who fired the ball past a stranded Dingley.

In the second half Stevenage took control of the early periods and got their reward when Chris Strickland found Oli Holt who slotted the ball home. Danny Blackburn then equalised, roofing the net after a fine pass from David Fisk.

Stevenage were left to rue misses when Upminster upped the tempo and killed the game off with two quick goals in a five-minute period.

Other scores: Cheshunt 2 Stevenage II 4, Stevenage III 3 Berkhamsted III 0, Stevenage IV 3 (Chris Jackson, Tariq Mahmood two) Blueharts V 0, Rickmansworth IV 8 Stevenage V 1, Stevenage VI 1 (Seb Rose) Winchmore Hill and Enfield V 3.

MBDA regained their form with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of relegation certainties Rickmansworth thirds.

Five different players put their names on the scoresheet - Ross Revers, captain Adrian Monks, Ed Heinzelmann and the two Pauls, Baggaley and Lawman.

With the enforced handicap of 10 men for a period in the first half, MBDA were perhaps fortunate to reach half-time 2-0 up before running away with things.


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