IT was a mixed bag of results for the men of Milton Keynes Hockey Club on Saturday with two wins and three defeats to show for their efforts.
The men’s 1sts were on the end of a 5-1 defeat to Chichester as they made the long trip to West Sussex short on numbers due to injury and illness.
MK’s frailties were evident as they fell a goal behind from a penalty corner early on, before the hosts doubled their advantage, with stand-in keeper Allan Phillips given no chance once again.
The visitors moved the ball around well, but just weren’t able to convert good play into goals and instead Chichester hit them on the counter attack to score a third.
MK’s efforts were rewarded when Brett Holland deflected a shot home to give the away side a glimmer of hope.
But despite going close to scoring again with a couple of penalty corners, MK could not find the back of the net again and their fate was sealed with two more Chichester goals in the latter stages.
The men’s 2nds enjoyed better luck as they beat Ashford 4-1 to end a poor run of form going back to Christmas time.
Having the majority of possession and chances in the first half, MK looked well in control but fell a goal behind from a short corner.
But MK reacted well to that setback as Giacomo Palmiero drew them level before the break. And they finally started to take their chances in the second half with goals courtesy of Dave Breuilly, Phil Mayles and Jo Vernon.
The men’s 3rds went down 5-3 away to Slough, despite the best efforts of Corey Jaimeson, but the 5ths enjoyed a 6-2 win against Tring, However, the samurai team lost 4-3 to their Tring counterparts.
It was a disappointing weekend for the ladies of Milton Keynes as the 1sts, 2nds and 3rds were all beaten.
The ladies’ 1sts lost 3-2 to PHC Chiswick but still put up a good fight against the side sat top of the league.
MK began the game with good pace and intent – with Lou Reynolds chasing down a couple of loose back passes to go close to scoring on several occasions.
The home side eventually moved ahead with a goal from a penalty corner, but they soon drew level in the second half when a well-placed and weighted pass from Lucia Martinez Lopez found Lou Reynolds to slot past the keeper.
The MK defence of Sonia Fraser, Steph Bates, Sarah Lowry, Maxine McMenamin and player of the match Helen Cooke had to work tirelessly to keep Chiswick at bay after that – keeper Emma Small required to make some fine saves to keep MK in it.
But Chiswick found a way through with two goals in a few minutes to take control of proceedings.
MK weren’t done yet though, and got a goal back from a penalty corner – Sophie Reynolds this time firing home. However, it only proved a consolation as Chiswick held on for the win.
The ladies’ 2nds were on the end of a disappointing 8-0 defeat to Buckingham, while the 3rds fell 2-0 to Wokingham.
The 2nds were also involved in England Hockey Trophy action on Sunday, but lost 4-0 to Matlock Baileans.