Cross on fire as leaders give goal difference a boost
THIRTEEN was anything but an unlucky number for Gerrards Cross Hockey Club’s men’s first team on Saturday.
The Dukes Lane side hammered Bourton & Sherborne 13-1 to retain top spot in MBBO Division Three and give their goal difference a muchneeded boost.
The win kept them two points clear of Wycombe thirds, who they play this weekend, and four clear of Harrow, who have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.
Following last week’s defeat, when they had seven regulars missing, the Cross had a full team back and went goal-crazy, finding the net at a rate of once every five minutes.
Dave Leech led the way with a 20-minute hat-trick, while Stuart Coulson and Andrew Jenkins also stuck to earn a 5-0 half-time lead – but there was plenty more left in reserve for after the break.
Leech added two more to take his personal haul to five, while Jenkins completed his hat-trick and doubles from Greg Causer and Raj Tiwana completed the rout.
Leech’s nap hand took him to 18 goals for the season, second in the top scorers charts, with Causer not far behind on 15, while Coulson’s strike took him into double figures for the first time ever.
Causer said: “Confidence is high, and with players back at the just right time It’ll be a fight to the death. But this week showed, with everyone available, we are a formidable team.”
Over in Trysports Division One, promotion may be beyond Gerrards Cross Ladies, but their 5-0 win over Wycombe Ladies thirds showed they are determined to finish the season on a high, moving them up to third.
Katie Jurdon and Holly Barrett bagged a brace each, while Imogen Relf netted the other, and there would surely have been more had regular short corner Cathy Taylor been available.
Aimee Stapleton was named player of the match for the Cross, who host bottom side Sonning Ladies seconds this Saturday.