Hockey round-up: MK ladies never say die

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MK LADIES’ 1sts produced a stunning comeback to snatch a draw against Sonning and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

MK started well and put the Sonning defence under great pressure, but without getting on the scoresheet. Instead it was Sonning who started to take control with the MK defence of Dee Davis, Helen Cooke, Annette Van Zyl and player of the match Sarah Lowry forced into action.

It looked like they had kept Sonning at bay going into the break, but just before the half time whistle they found a way to goal with a penalty corner eventually beating MK keeper Laura Pellington-Woodrow.

Sonning continued to boss the game in the second half and it didn’t take them long to double their lead.

Excellent midfield runs by Laura Browne and great work in attack from Gemma Meredith and Kate Cash saw MK go close to getting a goal back, but despite their efforts they couldn’t break through.

And with just six minutes to play Sonning appeared to put the result beyond doubt when they added a third through another penalty corner.

Sonning were sensing a convincing win, but the MK ladies were having none of it as they staged an incredible late fightback.

A well-placed pass into the D from Cooke saw captain Sophie Reynolds pull a goal back and moments later they scored again – Lou Reynolds firing home to give MK hope.

And with just seconds to play they completed a quite remarkable comeback when Reynolds was again in the right place at the right time to blast the ball home and spark great scenes of celebration from the MK ladies.

The hard-fought point sees MK sitting fourth in the table ahead of their game against Abingdon Pilgrims, with that unbeaten record still intact.

The ladies’ 2nds suffered a 3-2 defeat to Amersham and Chalfont after fighting back from two goals down.

Lina Makan and Beth James pulled MK level before a controversial short corner saw Amersham win the game in the closing stages.

The ladies’ 3rds went down 3-1 to Henley, Becky Atkinson getting their goal and the 4ths lost 1-0 to Berkhamsted.

MK men’s 2nds enjoyed a 3-0 win over Eastcote which puts them top of the league.

Despite playing some good passing hocking early on they failed to take their chances and had to settle for 0-0 at half time. However, captain Phil Mayles inspired his side to victory as he intercepted the ball, went on a mazy run into the circle and passed to Paul Hutchinson to open the scoring.

And they made the win safe after that with Jo Vernon and Hutchinson getting the goals.

The men’s 3rds lost out to their Eastcote counterparts 4-3, while the 5ths lost 5-1 to Gerrards Cross.