Hockey round-up: Rare away defeat for MK’s ladies

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MILTON Keynes’ ladies tasted defeat for only the second time this season after a spirited fightback from Amersham & Chafont.

After their own excellent comeback against Maidenhead last time out, the ladies’ 1sts went into Saturday’s game full of confidence but were caught napping when Amersham took the lead from an early short corner.

After riding the tide of Amersham pressure, MK levelled the score shortly before half time following a battling run and cross from Sophie Reynolds found Lou Reynolds who to calmly slot the ball into the net.

In the second half, MK seemed to succumb to the ever intensifying Amersham attack and it wasn’t long before the home side took the lead and MK were left to chase the game. And when the third goal came, it put paid to the visitors’ chances as they slip to third in the table.

It was better news for the 2nds though as they came away from their clash with Wychwood with a deserved 2-1 win.

Despite going in a goal down at the break, a spirited second half performance saw Anya Dunlop net twice to rescue the win and maintain their impressive unbeaten streak.

It wasn’t such great news for the 3rds though as they were humbled by Kindlington. Caught napping in the early stages, Kidlington took the lead almost immediately, and soon opened up a three-goal lead.

MK finally began to get their passing game going and Zoe Carter pulled one back before the break. But when Kidlington scored a goal on the break in the second half it ended any chances of an MK win as they went down 4-1.

Relegation struggling MK men’s 1sts travelled to Richmond looking to pick up three vital points against the team sitting at the top of the table.

Despite goals from Jamie Dodd, Toby King and Ali McCoil, MK were unable to come home with the victory, losing 5-3. MK still sit in the relegation zone with only five games to go.

The men’s 2nds picked up a vital three points though as they saw off Wycombe 3rds at home.

The sun was shining again and everything was looking good for MK after an early goal from Matt Darvell. They seemed to be very much in control but just before half time a short corner from Wycombe put them back on level terms.

In the second half, MK upped their game and once again Darvell came to the rescue, finding a second goal and giving his side a 2-1 victory and the three points they deserved.

There were goals galore for the 4ths as they hammered Staines 5-1 at home to continue their ever-improving run.

MK started on the front foot immediately, and had plenty of chances to make amends for the defeat they suffered earlier in the season at the hands of Staines.

Neil Hutchins soon opened the scoring from a penalty before Andy Webb’s flick doubled the MK lead before Staines pulled one back before the break.

But they could not touch MK in the second half. With keeper Tom Fung on top form, Staines were finding it hard to get back into the game and their hopes were completely dashed when Mark Chadwick added a third for MK.

Hutchins added a fourth for the home side before Webb completed the rout with another neat flick to wrap up the 5-1 win.

But is was disappointment for MK Samurai as they slumped to another defeat, this time away against Maidenhead Boyne Hill.

The home side scored against the run of play but MK didn’t have any response and deservedly Boyne Hill extended their lead early in the second half.

Despite MK finally finding the net rather than the goalkeeper’s pads with 10 minutes to go, the game petered out as they failed to break down the second worst defence in the league again.