League business as usual for A&C after cup defeat
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.