Keeping pressure on
PROMOTION may prove to be beyond them now, but Amersham & Chiltern Hockey Club Ladies still kept the pressure on the Trysports Premier One front-runners on Saturday.
They beat Aylesbury 4-1, but required a real second-half effort after squandering the lead they took through a Cathy Hollies penalty flick, when a sloppy pass led to an Aylesbury equaliser.
However, Alice Keddy scored two goals in quick succession after the break before Emma Hewitt rounded off the scoring, keeping Amersham third.
The seconds are just treading water above the Premier Two drop zone following a 3-1 home defeat to Banbury seconds, but the thirds stayed on course for promotion from Division Four, after winning 3-0 at Phoenix & Ranelagh thirds, keeping them level on points with Thame seconds.
In Division Six, the fourths were unable to field a team at Abingdon thirds and conceded the game 3-0.
In the men’s section, Geoff Brown helped himself to four goals as the firsts beat Oxford thirds 5-0, with James Easter also on the score sheet as A&C bounced back from last week’s single-goal defeat to MBBO Division One leaders British Airways to consolidate fourth place.
The second team remain rock bottom of Division Three after going down 9-2 at Marlow, with consolation goals coming from Thomas Powell and Jack Whitaker while in Division Five, a Mark Dickson strike was not enough as the thirds lost 3-1 at home to Reading University Knights. But the fourths remain unbeaten and top of Division 10 East after winning 2-0 at Maidenhead Mystics.
Goals from Stuart Coulton and Simon Swerling gave Gerrards Cross men a 2-0 win over Oxford fifths in MBBO Division Three but in Division Nine, the seconds were unable to build on their brilliant win at leaders Ramgarhia Slough last week as they went down 3-2 at home to relegation rivals Leighton Buzzard thirds and fell into the relegation zone.
The ladies’ firsts are just about out of the danger zone in Trysports Division One after losing 5-1 at home to Abingdon, while a 4-2 home defeat to Maidenhead sees the seconds remain bottom of Division Three.