Hockey round-up: White scores hat-trick as Marlow beat Newbury & Thatcham

Marlow Hockey Club

Callum White scored another hat-trick for Marlow men’s 1sts as they produced some of their best hockey of the season to win 3-1 away at Newbury & Thatcham.

Marlow were clinical when chances came their way and White took his season’s goal tally to 13 in 11 matches.

Tactically they had to get things spot on against resolute opponents, and when they lost possession, they had to be resolute in defence to prevent their hosts scoring more than once.

White netted his first from open play before converting the other two from penalty corners.

The win is likely to give the 1sts plenty of confidence heading into Saturday’s home game with Oxford University 2nds, 3pm push back, and lifts them up to second in the South Central Premier League 2.

They still have a game in hand after their match at Fareham was postponed before Christmas.

The men’s 2nd team also enjoyed a good win as they beat Reading 3rds 3-1 in front of a good crowd.

They pressed hard from the first whistle and, although it took a while to break down Reading’s defences, once they got themselves in front, they looked relatively comfortable. Mav Girn helped himself to a brace and John Butt was also on the scoresheet with a well taken goal from a short corner.

Other results saw the men’s 4ths lose away to Yateley 2nds, the 5ths lose 4-3 to Tring 1sts, the 6ths defeat Sonning 5ths 4-0 and the 7ths win 5-0 away at Sonning 6ths.

The ladies’ 5ths were 2-0 winners at Yateley 2nds and the 6ths defeated Maidenhead 5ths 9-0, while the 7ths almost matched them with an 8-0 away win at Slough 4ths.

Marlow’s u18s girls made it through to the semi-finals of the National Supersixes indoor tournament in Wolverhampton before losing to Knole Park from Sevenoaks.

Both the u18s and the u16s did exceptionally well to qualify for the national competition, and, while the u16s failed to progress from their group, the u18s came second and went through to the semis where they lost to Knole Park. They did though have the consolation of losing to the eventual champions, with Knole Park going on to beat Surbiton in the final.

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Maidenhead Hockey Club

Maidenhead Men’s 1st team squandered a chance to lift themselves from the depths of the Premier Division 1 table as they lost 3-1 away to Staines on Saturday.

Phil Cowell and his men were looking to kick off the new year in ideal fashion and were presented with a favourable opening tie against a side that were winless in their last five matches.

Maids were also only a handful of points below Staines before the game began and were coming into the game on the back of a victory against Milton Keynes. In contrast, the men were able to hold second-placed Reading 2nds to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday evening.

These recent results combined keep Maidenhead entrenched in 11th place of the division. They return to home turf on Saturday to face Slough (10th) for what promises to be an entertaining, and rewarding, local derby.

W Maidenhead Women’s 1st team are gearing up to face Oxford this Saturday.

The two sides last met at Altwood School (October 2) with the visitors triumphing, 4-1. Results since then have guided Maidenhead into fifth and Oxford one place above in Premier Division 1.

Maids will be feeling reasonably confident approaching this second encounter having drawn one and won four of their last five competitive matches.

Oxford, meanwhile, will still hold a considerable advantage over the side if they were to lose but will undoubtedly go all out for the win after they were defeated in their last outing.

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