Men s hockey round-up Blueharts took all three points at Chelmsford seconds thanks to a superb hat-trick from Simon Shorter. Playing on their water base pitch was never going to be easy, so it took until midway through the opening half for Harts to regist
Men's hockey round-up
Blueharts took all three points at Chelmsford seconds thanks to a superb hat-trick from Simon Shorter.
Playing on their water base pitch was never going to be easy, so it took until midway through the opening half for Harts to register the first goal.
Some great interchange play between Larry Hamilton and Adam Wells down the left led to Shorter scoring from close range.
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With Harts dominating in midfield, John Sapsed made a great individual break down the right to set up Shorter for his second before the break.
A well-rehearsed short corner routine 10 minutes into the second half saw Colin Burnell hit the post but Shorter scored the rebound to claim his first hat-trick in a Blueharts shirt.
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Then a fourth was added soon after courtesy of Wells, finishing off an excellent piece of flowing hockey.
Four goals up, Harts took their foot off the pedal and conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes.
Blueharts seconds were 3-2 winners over Letchworth to earn the local bragging rights.
Ben Meyer, celebrating his engagement, Phil Britton and James Moore were the scorers for Harts. Letchworth's goalscorers were Matthew Scott and Scott Apps.
This loss for Letchworth was a heavy blow because rivals Shefford and Sandy's draw with Ford was enough to clinch Sh'andy's promotion to Division One.
A 3-1 defeat to Welwyn means Letchworth seconds must beat Blueharts thirds in their final league game of the season to guarantee going up into Division Two South and join their first team in that league next season.
The thirds came back from 2-0 down to draw at Berkhamsted (Ben Abbott and Nick Hawkes), while Gary Putnam scored in the fourth team's draw against Welwyn seconds.
A 5-1 win at Broxbourne sevenths (Nick Pye hat-trick and Lucas Hessling two) in their final league game of the season saw the fifths move up to third place and may just be enough to clinch them promotion to Division Seven South West next season.
Goals from Keith Knight and Gary Pond meant the sixths beat Royston fifths 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table to finish second from bottom in Division Eight South West.
Stevenage were crushed 10-0 by a strong Vauxhall side.
Two Stevenage defenders had to retire injured, another got hit on the head with a stick, while Gary Brown was yellow carded for an unfortunate collision, meaning he will miss the end of the season through suspension.
Other scores: Stevenage II 1 Bishop's Stortford III 1, Cheshunt II 3 Stevenage III 3, Stevenage IV 3 (John Mould, Ian Brown, Dan Phoenix) Vauxhall II 0, Stevenage V 1 Winchmore Hill and Enfield IV 1, West Herts VI 4 Stevenage VI 0.
MBDA dropped two important points in settling for a disappointing 1-1 draw at Welwyn Garden City thirds.
Much of the first half saw end-to-end action. Eventually, via a clumsy tackle on MBDA's flying winger, the visitors were rewarded with a short corner. Paul Lawman dispatched it with excellent accuracy to give MBDA a well-earned lead.
Welwyn pushed for an equaliser and three minutes from time, they levelled.