Cross on fire as lead­ers give goal dif­fer­ence a boost

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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