A&C smash Tring’s amaz­ing 52-game un­beaten record

Clash of the form sides ends in vic­tory for hosts

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

AMER­SHAM & Chal­font ended one of their ri­vals’ un­beaten runs on Satur­day – and in do­ing so en­sured their own con­tin­ued.

Be­fore the clash, Tring has gone 52 league games un­beaten in the South Hockey League, a run which ex­tended over three sea­sons.

But they came up against an Amer­sham side who had won eight of the eight so far in MBBO Di­vi­sion One, so some­thing had to give, and it was the hosts who kept their run in­tact.

Amer­sham took the lead through their first penalty cor­ner of the game, which Chris Yox­all, miss­ing for the pre­vi­ous two weeks, dis­patched into the bot­tom left cor­ner of the goal.

That was it for the first half, but soon af­ter the restart, co-cap­tain Doug McA­teer was fouled on the edge of the D, and a train­ing ground move re­sulted in Alex Sweet find­ing the space to calmly slot be­tween the Tring keep­ers’ legs.

The visi­tors then pulled one back, but Amer­sham re­sponded with a fine ef­fort from James Easter, who picked up the ball on the half­way line and kept go­ing un­til he found his way into the D, where he neatly sent a tom­a­hawk into the back of the Tring net.

Tring would not take this ly­ing down and pulled an­other back, but Amer­sham en­sured they kept their noses in front when Sweet found Tom McKin­ley at the near post, and he in turn found the roof of the net.

The Tring re­sis­tance was fi­nally bro­ken when Yox­all calmly stroked home an­other penalty cor­ner af­ter Ran­jit Sangu was hacked down, be­fore Ge­off Brown pro­duced a neat lay-off for McKin­ley to tap home for 6-2, and al­though Tring got an­other back late on, it mat­tered lit­tle by then.

McA­teer said: “Tring was go­ing to be a test for us.

“We knew that they’d come here and of­fer us a chal­lenge both phys­i­cally and mentally.

“They’ve been un­beaten in over 50 games, so they must be do­ing some­thing right.

“To break that run is fan­tas­tic for us, and the team worked hard to make it hap­pen. To be able to have a dif­fer­ent set of scor­ers this week shows the depth we have in the squad, and to know we don’t have to rely on one or two peo­ple is great.”

Fol­low­ing on from the first team were Amer­sham’s thirds, who saw off Mar­low fourths 4-1 thanks to a su­perb lob and a re­verse-stick shot from James Con­sta­ble, plus a well­worked goal from Thomas New­ton and a short cor­ner strike from Harry Ghosh-Roy.

Mean­while, Ger­rards Cross men con­tin­ued their own un­beaten run this sea­son, making it eight wins out of nine (one drawn) to main­tain top spot in MBBO Di­vi­sion Three.

Their lat­est suc­cess was a 3-1 win at West Lon­don on Satur­day, thanks to goals from Greg Causer, Dave Leech and Mark Ten­nant.

Clash of the ti­tans: (Above) Doug McA­teer pow­ers for­ward for Amer­sham & Chal­font against Tring; (be­low) James Easter

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