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Hockey: Success for firsts against Old Southendians

Lifestyle / Tue 7th Oct 2014 at 04:20pm

THERE were mixed fortunes for Harlow Hockey Club, as the women’s first team picked up their first win of the season, while the men’s team suffered a first defeat.

It was Harlow Ladies’ first home match of the Essex Hockey League, premier division season.

Harlow took full advantage of the still pleasant autumn conditions to record their first win.

The essence of the victory lay in the consistently excellent passing that saw them cut through the Old Southendians back line time and again in the first half.

Superb movement by the forward line led by Steff Hawes and ably supported by Byers, Castle and Ferdinando created numerous chances.

The first one taken by Hawes following a flowing move down the left. Emma Tweddle had her shot initially saved but took time to pick out a pass to Hawes on the rebound which she finished with aplomb.

Harlow continued on the attack and home keeper Linda Rowley enjoyed a peaceful first half.

Shearman up for a short corner had a shot saved by the Southendians keeper who had a solid game between the sticks.

Byers and Castle had further shots saved before Thomas was on hand to slot a rebound in for her first of the season.

Harlow continued to dominate the play but couldn’t add to their tally before half-time.

Old Southendians came out fighting in the second half and pressed forward with intent drawing tackles from Figg and Chambers who was quicker to the ball than her opponent every time.

The early storm weathered, Harlow began to get more possession and returned to their earlier dominance.

Confidence flowed through the play and if it were not for further excellent saves Byers, Hawes and Tweddle would have added to the score.

Player of the match Bethan Spencer always looked in control of the midfield ably supported by Trimble Thomas and Tweddle.

Next weekend Harlow travel to Havering hoping to continue in the same vein.

Harlow men lost 1-2 at home to East London in the East Hockey League division six south east.

Harlow started off fairly brightly against a well organised East London team.

The first goal in the game came in the first 15 minutes after Hagger ran past a couple of defenders and then passed on to Andrew Boughtwood, who then beat the keeper with a square pass to Rhys Mace to was left with a simple tap-in.

The lead was short lived as East London found there way into the area and equalised with only minutes left of the half.

With the second half under way the game became more open with both sides providing excellent attacking opportunities, but to no prevail.

With 15 minutes left on the clock Harlow’s concentration slipped allowing the away team to capitalise and score the next goal.

Determined to get the next goal Harlow continued to press, but with no reward.

This left big holes at the back to which East London tried to exploit, but they came up against a more determined defence, with some last ditch defending from Cox, Krzoska, Mace and Greenall, and some excellent saves from Johnson ensured the scoreline remained 2-1.

Defeat left Harlow in sixth, and they travel away to Saffron Walden on Saturday.

Squad:- Adam Johnson, Martin Cox, Keith Johnson, Luke Krzoska, Ethan Greenall, Rhys Mace, Benn Hagger, Lee Gorringe, Dan Munro, Andy Boughtwood, Rob Chandler Subs – Ben Light, Reece Boughtwood, Solomon Costillo

Harlow Ladies II 4-0 Waltham Forest 4’s

Harlow have continued their winning streak by beating Waltham Forest 4’s this Saturday.

Due to a recent recruitment drive at the beginning of the season Harlow now have a solid starting line up.

This solid start denied Waltham Forest even a glimps at the Harlow D during the first half and all the play was contained in the Waltham Forest half if the pitch.

Harlow’s first goal came when Samantha Care crossed the ball from the defensive line to Tracey Taylor who managed to tap it in past the Waltham Forest keeper.

Harlow had many near miss opportunities from strikers Emily Taylor, Tanishaka Naidoo, Tracey Taylor and Sarah French-Laskowski.

Harlow got their next goal through link up play between Kelly Ball, Lara Horrax and Sarah Donaghey allowing them to easily pass round the Waltham Forest defence and Sarah Donaghey scoring a straight strike from the top of the D making the half time score 2-0.

The second half started just as strongly for Harlow as the first, but due to players becoming tired and complacent Waltham Forest gained a few opportunities on goal which were effectively cleared away by the Harlow defence consisting of Olivia Figg, Nicole Donaghey and Samantha Care.

Harlow’s keeper Sandra Figg had little to do during the game but was always aware and never caught off guard even when Waltham Forest managed to get a shot on goal it was effectively delt with. Even when Harlow were not entirely switched on they still kept the Waltham Forest players away from the Harlow goal.

Harlow’s third goal came when a cross along the goal came from Tanishaka Naidoo allowing Tracey Taylor to score her second goal of the game. The final goal of the game came when midfielders Nina Johnson-Marshall and Lucy Dearman worked extremely well together to work the ball into Waltham Forest D before laying it off to Tanishka Naidoo who flicked the ball over the keepers pads.

Samantha Care got a well deserved player of the match.

Team: Sandra Figg, Olivia Figg, Nicole Donaghey, Samantha Care, Lara Horrax, Sarah Donaghey (captain), Kelly Ball, Lucy Dearman, Emily Taylor, Tracey Taylor, Sarah French-Laskowski, Nina Johnson-Marshall, Tanishaka Naidoo

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