Letchworth defeat the league leaders
Men s hockey Letchworth had a fantastic result against league leaders Vauxhall. They came from a goal down to win 4-3 thanks to goals from Ian Heywood (two), Matt Scott and Kevin Sanger. The seconds kept their promotion hopes alive with a comfortable 4-0
Letchworth had a fantastic result against league leaders Vauxhall.
They came from a goal down to win 4-3 thanks to goals from Ian Heywood (two), Matt Scott and Kevin Sanger.
The seconds kept their promotion hopes alive with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Cheshunt, Ian Crosse scoring a hat-trick plus a goal from Ashley Brown.
Their third team were held to a 0-0 draw by the fourth XI in a highly competitive match.
The fifths also managed a 0-0 draw despite going down to 10 men when striker Mark Sheard broke his collarbone after a crunching tackle from a Rickmansworth fourths defender.
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The sixth XI went down 4-1 to West Herts, midfielder Andrew Jones scoring his first goal of the season.
Blueharts' unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 3-1 at home to league leaders Cambridge University.
Both sides were evenly matched but it was Cambridge who got on the scoresheet first.
Loss of possession and some slack making led to their first and it was another defensive blunder minutes later that led to a second.
Harts continued to apply pressure and were rewarded just before half time.
A well-worked short corner resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded which John Barrett calmly put away.
Blueharts fought hard in the second half and seemed to be dominant everywhere except the opposition circle.
Then, with 10 minutes remaining, Cambridge scored from a lucky short corner, a drag flick which seemed to scuttle along the floor and enter the goal between the keeper and the man on the line.
Blueharts were offered some hope when they were awarded another penalty stroke two minutes from time.
This evaporated when Simon Shorter failed to convert, flicking the ball high and wide of the goal.
The seconds produced a gritty and hard-working display which was rewarded with a fine win at Luton.
Two short corner strikes from captain James Moore led the way to three vital points.
Phil Britton (two) and Adams Wells added further goals to put the game out of Luton's reach.
Other scores: Blueharts III 3 (B Bridges, M Weeks two) Bishop's Stortford III 0, Blueharts IV 4 (J Brandon two, C Maylin, J Williams) Rickmansworth II 2, Blueharts V 1 (O Fas) Royston III 1.
Stevenage suffered a gruelling 6-2 drubbing as they hosted high-flying Shefford and Sandy.
Ill-discipline continued to plague a downhearted Stevenage team, with Matt Oliver getting a yellow card for a clumsy challenge.
A goal from Olly Holt and another from Gary Brown showed that Stevenage can still convert, giving a glimmer of hope for the next two away visits to Southend.
With survival still to play for, the whole team now need to turn in strong performances to ensure Division Two South hockey next season.
Other scores: Winchmore Hill and Enfield 2 Stevenage II 2, Stevenage III 4 Shefford and Sandy III 3, Berkhamsted IV 0 Stevenage IV 2 (Ian Brown, Tariq Mahmood), Broxbourne VII 3 Stevenage V 2, Stevenage VI 1 (Lee Gorringe) Bishop's Stortford VI 1.
MBDA achieved another topsy-turvy 3-2 win, this time at Berkhamsted thirds in an eventful game.
All five goals occurred in the first half, with MBDA surging into a two-goal lead within five minutes.
Paul Lawman opened up, with a firm shot into the top corner, followed by an early short corner which was put away by Adrian Monks.
Berko equalised with two goals before MBDA grabbed the important goal - a rare strike from Vinod Mistry, low and powerful from close range.
Stand-in keeper Keith Scivier kept the goal advantage safe with a string of vital saves.