‘Winning league more important than being top scorer’
GEOFF Brown is not bothered who wins the race for the golden stick – as long as Amersham & Chalfont Hockey Club’s men get promoted,
Both he and top scorer James Easter bagged braces in Saturday’s MBBO Division One 9-1 hammering of Thame, putting Easter on 15 strikes for the season and Brown on 14.
He said: “I don’t think it really matters. It’s nice to have a bit of competition between us, but I would happily come second in the scoring stakes if we win the league.”
Alex Sweet was another who netted a double against Thame, while Richard Martin, Tom McKinley and Ranjit Saggu all added their name to the score sheet too. The result saw A&C bounce back in style from dropping their first points of the season last week, but despite being nine points clear at the top, they are not counting their chickens just yet.
Brown added: “That was a good reaction and gave us some confidence back in terms of what we can deliver, but we’ve been playing teams in January that haven’t really challenged us. February will be a tough month, however, with games Ramgarhia and Witney.”
Next up, however, is a trip to Oxford 3s this Saturday, while the ladies have a season-defining trip to leaders Reading Ladies 2s in Trysports Premier One.
They trail their hosts by six points with a game in hand, and warmed up for the must-win game with a second half demolition of Bracknell, winning 6-0 after leading by just a single goal at the break.
Alice Keddy led the way with a hattrick, while Freya Courtaux helped herself to two goals and Cathy Hollies netted the other.
Meanwhile, A&C are this week celebrating the granting of planning permission for their new home at Amersham & Wycombe College.