A&C smash Tring’s amazing 52-game unbeaten record
Clash of the form sides ends in victory for hosts
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