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Hockey round-up: Sam sets Marlow on course for a comfortable victory over Eastcote

Sam North

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Marlow Hockey Club

Sam North set Marlow Men’s 1sts on their way to a comfortable 5-1 win over Eastcote on Saturday.

David Hand blasted in a spectacular second before Chris Sewell’s brace and Pat Staal’s deflected finish capped off a comprehensive win.

The Men’s 2nd team were forced to weather a storm as they came from behind for victory over Wycombe 2nds this weekend.

In dreadful conditions the visitors stormed into a 2-0 lead, however, a quick change of tactics gave Marlow some much needed traction in the game. A brace from Dan Bradley got them back on level terms before Chris Jackson played in James Ashburner to make it 3-2. A defensive error gifted Wycombe a route back into the game but Marlow continued to press and deservedly picked up the points when Ashburner deflected home his second to make it 4-3.

Elsewhere the men’s 3rd team drew 3-3 away at Wallingford 2nds, the 4ths were beaten 2-1 by Bicester 2nds at home. The 5ths drew 1-1 with Oxford Hawks 6ths away and the 6ths were thumped 5-0 at home by Amersham & Chalfont 5ths. The Strollers were on form as they beat Thames Valley 4-2 at Chertsey.

Marlow Ladies 1sts staged a dramatic fightback to beat East Grinstead 3-2 at Pound Lane.

The visitors carried a two goal advantage into half-time but Kerri Smith’s strike turned the game in Marlow’s favour. Jane Smith scored to level things up for the Reds before Jess Rees netted her first goal of the season in the final minutes to make it 3-2.

Elsewhere the 2nds lost 3-1 away at Oxford Hawks 3rds, the 3rds beat Reading Rockets 2-1 away and the 5ths were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bicester 2nds.

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Windsor Hockey Club

Windsor Ladies 2nds took one of their biggest scalps of the season as they unseated unbeaten league leaders Thame 2-1 on Saturday.

Thame are sure to be crowned champions having come into the game off the back of a 15 game winning run having not dropped a point all season. But on Saturday they were pressured into uncharacteristic errors and Windsor were able to take full advantage.

The home side took the lead after a terrific move saw Elle Gatehouse’s shot saved by the keeper but Mel Van Huffel was on hand to pounce and slide the ball home.

Thame were repelled by a series of excellent saves from keeper Ruki Sayid but she was powerless to prevent them equalising before half-time when a deflected shot from outside the D left her wrong-footed and slammed against the back board.

Windsor shook off the setback after half-time, however, and retook the lead when Van Huffel seized upon a loose pass in the D and took the ball around the flailing keeper before finding the net. Annalise Hogan, captain Emma Briggs, Tasha Bailey and Nikki Hill then snuffed out some dangerous attacks and Sayid made a couple of quality saves as Windsor held on for a huge win.

They now have a week off before playing bottom of the table Abingdon Ladies 2nds at home on February 29.

Milton Keynes Ladies 2nds managed to end Windsor Ladies 1sts’ eight-game unbeaten run as they won 2-1 on Saturday.

Playing at their closest challengers Windsor took the lead through Maxine Bonnage’s goal, but lost momentum when their talismanic captain Freya Hayter was forced off injured. The home side levelled with 15 minutes to play before seizing upon Windsor’s indecision at the back to score the winner six minutes later.

Windsor remain top of Division 1 but Milton Keynes are now breathing down their necks sitting just four points adrift of them with games in hand. Next up for the 1sts is a home game with Marlow 4ths on February 29.

Windsor Men’s 1sts were beaten 5-2 at home by Amersham & Chalfont Men’s 2nds, with Ali Parkes and Sean Wright on the scoresheet. On Saturday they’ll visit South Berkshire Men’s 2nds in MBBO Division 2.

In Division 5 the Men’s 2nd team were beaten 2-1 away by Staines Men’s 3rds. They’ll host Sonnning Men’s 4ths on Saturday. The 3rds slumped to a 7-0 defeat against Aylesbury Men’s 3rds in Division 6. They’ll host Newbury and Thatcham 4ths on Saturday.

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