Hockey: Win on the road for ladies but men stumble

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MILTON Keynes Ladies 1sts made it three wins out of four when they travelled to take on Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday.

The first half turned out to be a fairly even affair with both teams going close on a number of occasions, but thanks to some great goalkeeping at each end, the scores remained level at the break.

But seven minutes into the second half, MK found a way through the Hampstead defence when Lou Reynolds rounded the keeper to set up Mally Dolphin to deflect the ball home into an empty goal.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Hampstead equalised shortly afterwards, but it did nothing but spur on the visitors to regain the lead.

MK took the lead for the second time in the game when captain, Sophie Reynolds slotted the ball home from close range before doubling the MK lead six minutes later.

This gave MK a comfortable cushion to sit back on, and it was just as well because Hampstead netted their second of the game with a minute remaining to pull the score back to 3-2.

The ladies will look to continue their league winning streak at home to current league leaders PHC Chiswick 1sts next Saturday.

The men’s 1sts didn’t fair so well though, as they went down 7-4 to Old Georgians.

The men’s 2nds have enjoyed a great start to the season with three wins, 16 goals scored and only one conceded. Travelling to take on Oxford 3rds with a strong team, MK started with their usual fight, controlling the game despite a fast start from the opposition. Attacks were amounting from all angles but great movement and dribbling down the right from Henry Mellor and Dave Brueilly led to the best chances.

The opening goal finally came when a Matt Darvell put the ball away from close range. Not too long after Doug Spencer managed to catch the keeper off guard by redirecting a hit at the edge of the D into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

The second half started with Oxford putting up more of a fight but to not much avail. A strong rotation of players allowed MK to keep up the pressure on the opposition.

Finally a third goal came from one of many MK short corners. A practised routine came off as planned with Grant Webster putting away a reverse stick flick into the roof of the net.

As the game went on, Oxford managed to get a few attacks coming close and gaining a number of short corners.

A confident strike managed to creep into the right hand corner giving Oxford their only goal of the game, but it was nothing more than a consolation as MK won 3-1.

It wasn’t such good news for the ladies 2nds though, as they were hammered by unbeaten Buckingham 2nds 11-1.

MK managed to hold the visitors at 0-0 for the first 20 minutes of the game until Buckingham finally broke the deadlock.

MK fought back and were awarded with a short corner, converted into their only goal of the game with a straight strike from Mel West.

The first half finished 5-1 and despite battling hard for the remainder of the game, MK were unlucky to concede six further goals to leave the final score 11-1.

Player of the match went to Verity Nouch.

It was a similar story for the ladies 3rds as they suffered 7-1 defeat at the hands of Wokingham 2nds.

MK started well but knew they’d be in for a long afternoon as they were under constant pressure from Wokingham. Eventually, the pressure told as they fell 4-0 behind at the half-time break.

Keeper Holly Captainino was having a busy time keeping Wokingham at bay, but her team-mates gave her a quick break as they broke up field. MK forwards drew out the keeper for Sam Grover to score.

This did not last long as MK were battling again to keep Wokingham out, but with three second half goals, the score ended 7-1.

The men’s 3rds won 4-2 against Oxford 4ths, while the men’s 4ths enjoyed a great victory away at Amersham and Chafont. A Justin Pardy hat-trick, a brace from Gary Avery and an Andy Webb strike saw them come home with all the points courtesy of a 6-3 win.

The Men’s Samurai beat Wokingham 3rds 3-2 thanks to first half strikes from Goals from Nick Lygoe-Baker, Ben Jones and Rogier Boeken while it wasn’t such a good say for the men’s 5ths who were beaten 10-1 at Leighton Buzzard 3rds - Merrick Hartslief getting the only goal.