League busi­ness as usual for A&C af­ter cup de­feat

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SKIP­PER James Easter hailed his side’s grow­ing ma­tu­rity af­ter Amer­sham & Chal­font Hockey Club men put last week’s cup exit be­hind them to main­tain their 100 per cent league record.

Bicester were the lat­est team to fall un­der their spell as the visi­tors made it eight wins out of eight for the MBBO Di­vi­sion One lead­ers.

Ge­off Brown’s brace of penalty cor­ner strikes led the way to a 5-2 win, which Easter said demon­strated a real growth in the team.

He said: “This week really showed the team work that has de­vel­oped in the side since pre-sea­son, to show the ma­tu­rity that we did to pick our­selves up from our loss last week.

“Bicester are a good team and at times put us un­der real pres­sure – it was pleas­ing to see the hard work from train­ing pay­ing off in the sec­ond half.”

Bicester had an early goal dis­al­lowed and Amer­sham were quick to cap­i­talise when a flow­ing move in­volv­ing Ritchie Martin, Dan Clay­ton and Sam Fer­nan­dez ended with Martin flick­ing over the keeper, and the lead was dou­bled when Fer­nan­dez bun­dled home a re­bound from a Gary No­ble penalty cor­ner.

When No­ble slammed home the next penalty cor­ner chance to make it 3-0 the visi­tors ap­peared to be cruis­ing, only for Bicester to strike twice in quick suc­ces­sion, but Brown’s first from an­other cor­ner strike just be­fore the break eased nerves, and he struck again late on to add the gloss to an ex­cel­lent win.

The ladies firsts also con­tin­ued their win­ning ways in both league and cup. Hav­ing reached the fi­nal of the Vase last year, A&C sent a less ex­pe­ri­enced team to Phoenix and Ranelagh to start this sea­son’s ven­ture – which nearly ended at the first hur­dle.

Clare Win­ter gave them an early lead, but they needed a sec­ond-half strike from Emma He­witt to take the game to penalty strokes. There, keeper Vicky Wil­liams emerged the hero­ine with two bril­liant flick saves to al­low A&C to ad­vance.

The cup ex­ploits came 24 hours on from their lat­est league win, a 7-0 trounc­ing of Son­ning at Royal Ma­sonic in Trys­ports Premier One.

Alice Keddy’s four goals led the rout, while Freya Cour­taux weighed in with a brace and Kate Wooldridge was also on tar­get.

Else­where, two goals from Greg Causer and one each from Dave Leech and Mar­cus Wil­son saw Ger­rards Cross beat Wy­combe 3s 4-1 in MBBO Di­vi­sion Three, while their ladies won 4-0 at Son­ning Ladies 3s in Trys­ports Di­vi­sion One.

James Easter

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