Hockey round-up: Unlucky men succumb to league leaders

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MK Men 1sts 1 Teddington 3

THE men have been in excellent form of late, but league leaders Teddington proved too good when they came to town on Saturday.

The visiting team have scored the most goals and have the joint best defensive record in the league, but MK gave them a run for their money.

And the hosts got off to the best of starts as Jamie Dodd stepped up to dispatch a well worked short corner after MK had already gone close with a couple of break away moves.

Midfielders Frazer McColl, Richard Townsend, Ben Woodford and Dodd continued to create chances for their side, but after the Teddington keeper came to their rescue, the visitors hit back with an equaliser just before the break.

Man of the match goalkeeper Taff Morgan was forced into a couple of good stops from short corners, but even he could do nothing about the visitors taking the lead with a penalty mid-way through the second half.

Suddenly chances to score started to dry up for MK and Teddington put the final nail in their coffin with only five minutes remaining with a third and killer goal.

That consigned MK to their first defeat since the start of November, but there were still plenty of positives to take from the match as the men stay fifth in the table.

Elsewhere, the men’s 3rd team lost 1-0 to Eastcote - that their first loss in 2011 after they were punished for not taking their chances.

The men’s 4th team picked up a 1-1 draw in their match with OMT - Chris Grossick scoring his side’s equaliser, and there was a fine performance in goal from keeper Alan Phillips.

The men’s samurai team were 9-3 winners against Rover Oxford - goals from Ling (2), Joseph (4), Jamieson (2) and Young helped them bounce back from 2-0 down.