‘Drop­ping down the leagues was best de­ci­sion for us’

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GREG Causer reck­ons a de­ci­sion to drop down the leagues a few years back is fi­nally pay­ing off for Ger­rards Cross Hockey Club’s men.

It was not so long ago that the first team were play­ing in the MBBO Re­gional top flight, but they are now ply­ing their trade four lev­els be­low in Di­vi­sion Three.

How­ever, a bril­liant start to the new cam­paign has seen the Cross re­main un­beaten from their open­ing 10 games, win­ning nine and draw­ing the other.

In fact, last Satur­day’s 2-0 win over Wind­sor means even if they lose their un­blem­ished record this week­end, away at Ox­ford Hawks 5s, they will re­main top of the ta­ble over the win­ter break.

Causer, who was one of the scor­ers against Wind­sor, along with Dave Leech, said: “We’re really happy with the way the sea­son has gone so far.

“Two or three years ago we were play­ing re­gional hockey, but a lot of the guys went off to univer­sity and we were left with just three play­ers.

“There was no point in get­ting thrashed ev­ery week, so we took the de­ci­sion to drop down a few lev­els to keep the club to­gether.

“But we’ve got a lot

of

those play­ers back now and brought some more in the mean­time, so we should really kill this league now.

“Most of us have played at a higher level and now is the time to push back up. We need to get through this league and have a crack at the next one.

“We have more than 150 colts, coached by for­mer GB in­ter­na­tional John Shaw, and a club of our size should really be punch­ing higher than we are.

“To stay un­beaten in the first half of the sea­son would be bril­liant and if we can then beat our two main ri­vals, Ayles­bury and Har­row, in Jan­uary the rest should be pretty straight­for­ward.”

The win over Wind­sor left Ger­rards Cross five points clear at the top of the ta­ble, while Leech’s goal was his 12th of the sea­son and Causer’s his ninth.

Mean­while, the ladies’ firsts kept up their own pro­mo­tion hopes by win­ning 2-1 at Read­ing Ladies thirds, to stay third in Trys­ports Three Coun­ties League Di­vi­sion One ahead of this Satur­day’s trip to Wind­sor.

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