SATURDAY turned out to be a terrific day for most Milton Keynes Hockey Club teams, with lots of good wins to celebrate.
Amongst the winning sides were the Men’s 1sts who had a 4-2 victory against London Wayfarers thanks to goals from Richard Townsend, Nick Anderson, Toby King and Ali McColl as their good form continued.
After putting West Hampstead to the sword a week earlier, MK made the journey to south London in good spirits and began the match looking the more likely to open the scoring.
However, against the run of play it was the home side who opened the scoring, converting a straightforward penalty stroke.
Despite that blow, MK pressed on with Andy Dickson and Nick Anderson controlling possession from the back, while Stuart Clark and Steven Ruse were making inroads further up the field.
And benefiting from a prolonged period of pressure, MK were able to convert two short corners before the interval, courtesy of a poached goal from Townsend, and a somewhat controversial strike by centre-half Anderson.
Demonstrating a level of urgency and control, MK continued to perform well in the second half. But again they were hit on the counter as Wayfarers tied the game at 2-2.
Undeterred, MK were straight back on the attack and retook the lead from a goalmouth scramble, with King firing home from close range.
And to add insult to injury for the Londoners, McColl demonstrated his skill to languidly float into the D before burying his reverse stick shot between the hapless keeper’s legs.
Winning is a habit, and MK will look at their next fixture against Spencer on Saturday as a chance to carry on their excellent form.
Also victorious were the Men’s 2nds who put eight goals past Eastcote 3rds without reply.
Eastcote didn’t have a sniff at goal, apart from a sublime save from Alan Phillips in the second half to confirm his clean sheet. By that time MK had already found the back of the net five times thanks to two goals from Matt Darvell and one for Dave Breuilly, Phil Mayles and Jack Luther.
And the second half started just as well as the first ended, with Darvell completing his hat-trick after going a couple of weeks without scoring.
Giacamo Palmiero then got in on the act, before the final goal arrived from the impressive James Barrow, slotting home to make it 8-0.
Elsewhere the Men’s 3rds lost 3-1 to Oxford 5ths, the Men’s 4ths were 2-0 winners against Eastcote 5ths and the Men’s 5ths went down 5-1 to Staines 5ths, with Gary Avery scoring what proved a consolation goal.
The Men’s Samurai team enjoyed a 4-0 win over Witney courtesy of goals from Ben Spencer (2), Sam Bushell and Mark Ling.
There were some excellent results for the club’s ladies too, with the 2nds running out 2-1 winners over Marlow 2nds.
Some great defending from Mel West, Janet Millar, Victoria Alexander and Olivia Curle kept Marlow out early on, but they eventually found a way through to take the lead.
Excellent work from midfielders Beth James, Hayley Fry, Zoe Carter and Rebecca Atkinson got MK back in the game though, with Gemma Little setting up Rebecca Hildreth to score the equaliser. And Pip Thorne got the assist for Sofie Sokolowski to score a deserved winner for MK.
Meanwhile the ladies’ 3rds were 1-0 victors against Wychwood 1sts thanks to a Trish O’Rourke goal and the 4ths saw off Letchworth 5ths 3-1, with goals by Danielle Jeffrey, Charlotte Cox and Emily Watkins.