Men s hockey round-up Letchworth s top two teams both hit the opposition for six in league outings. The firsts won 6-1 at Berkhamsted thanks to Scott Aps (hat-trick), Tom Butler (two) and Ian Heywood. And the seconds were 6-0 winners over Chelmsford third
Men's hockey round-up
Letchworth's top two teams both hit the opposition for six in league outings.
The firsts won 6-1 at Berkhamsted thanks to Scott Aps (hat-trick), Tom Butler (two) and Ian Heywood.
And the seconds were 6-0 winners over Chelmsford thirds with goals from Ian Crosse (three), Matt Spreckley, John Callis and Phil Wareing.
Other scores: Shefford and Sandy II 0 Letchworth III 0; Letchworth V 4 (Nick Pye two, Adam Taylor, Steve Nicholson) Shefford and Sandy IV 2; Harpenden V 3 Letchworth VI 0.
Stevenage won a nine-goal thriller this week against promotion hopefuls Winchmore Hill and Enfield.
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Nick Russell and Geoff Trew were called into the side for the game.
Matt Oliver released brother Ben to run from the halfway line before opening the scoring.
The home side came back and took a 3-1 lead but Danny Blackburn halved the deficit.
Gary Brown's classy finish restored parity by the break.
Brown fired in his second with a superb flick into the roof of the net to take the lead for Stevenage in the second half.
Ryall Schwarz was sent off for a crazy challenge on a home defender to hand the advantage back to their opponents who then equalised from another set play.
The goal of the game also proved to be the winner. Blackburn and Ben Oliver combined well to find Graham Swinyard whose pinpoint pass found Brown to complete his hat-trick and score the Stevenage winner with the last hit of the game.
Other scores: Stevenage II 2 (Terry Kingston, Nick Riley) Luton Town 4; Stevenage VI 0 Potters Bar II 5.
Blueharts battled hard for a draw against rivals Broxbourne in the East Premier A Division.
Broxbourne scored first after 20 minutes, a free hit from just outside the D well deflected past keeper Will Pugh.
Blueharts kept their cool and continued to pressurise the Broxbourne defence.
Ashley Hammond went close, forcing the Broxbourne keeper into the save of the game, and Jimmy Lewis hit the post soon afterwards.
Blueharts entered the second half with much of the same spirit, with Danny Fair, Gillan Ide, Matt Gardner and Paul Buckland putting in good defensive work.
John Barrett kept the team going in midfield, missing captain Oliver Hammond meant John Sapsed stepped into centre midfield, and he played with pace and skill throughout creating good chances.
Pete Cornell equalised for Blueharts midway through the second period, getting on the end of a precession pass to the back post from Hammond.
Cornell, Sapsed and Lewis carried on the good work, creating chance after chance.
Unfortunately it was just one of those days and Blueharts could not get past the Broxbourne keeper despite having 14 shots on target.
Blueharts travel to Cambridge City this Saturday for a much-awaited return fixture where a win could see them move up to third place in East Premier A.
The seconds went down to league leaders Wapping seconds at home. They lost 4-2 despite a gutsy performance with goals coming from Colin Burnell and Larry Hamilton.
MBDA played some excellent hockey in a difficult away game at Luton Town thirds.
But they were left heartbroken as a last-minute winner from the hosts deprived them of what would definitely have been a well-earned point. The two relegation strugglers produced a tight battle until the last few seconds of the game when Luton Town won and scored from a short corner.
n Letchworth were beaten 2-1 at Canterbury in the Men's Vets Cup fourth round despite a goal from Paul Hutson.