‘Dropping down the leagues was best decision for us’
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
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.