‘Win­ning league more im­por­tant than be­ing top scorer’

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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.

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James Easter

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