Hockey round-up: Defeats all round for MK ladies

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SATURDAY was a disappointing day for the ladies of Milton Keynes Hockey Club as all three teams crashed to defeats.

The first team returned to action with a game against west London side Chiswick, looking to maintain their good start to the campaign, but they came unstuck in a 3-1 loss, while the ladies’ 2nds went down 3-0 to Kidlington and 3rds were beaten 4-0 by Oxford Hawks.

MK began the game confidently against Chiswick, playing with pace and creating a number of good chances to score early on in what proved a fairly even first half, with neither side able to find that cutting edge requited to force the breakthrough.

The second half began with both sides knowing that the first goal would be vital, but unfortunately for MK it was the away side who scored it to take the lead.

Unfazed by conceding, MK continued to play some good hockey from defence to attack, with player of the match Helen Cooke working tirelessly at the back and linking play down the right side with Max McMenamin and Lou Reynolds.

Despite creating a number of attacking chances, MK couldn’t find a way through the Chiswick defence and it wasn’t long before the home side found themselves two goals down and facing an uphill battle.

With 10 minutes remaining MK found a way through the visitors’ defence to give themselves a chance – Sophie Reynolds firing the ball across the circle for sister Lou to score from close range.

However, Chiswick made the game safe with a penalty corner strike to secure their victory, while MK’s 2nds and 3rds also had days to forget despite good performances from Alex Dunn and Holly Captainino.

Elsewhere the men’s 4ths were held to a 1-1 draw by West Hampstead and 5ths also drew 1-1 with Tring.