Leech to take cap­tain’s arm­band in fresh pro­mo­tion bid

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DAVE Leech will take over as skip­per next sea­son as Ger­rards Cross Hockey Club men look to bounce back from their pro­mo­tion near-miss.

The Cross led the MBBO Divi­sion Three ta­ble for much of the sea­son but fell away to­wards the end and fin­ished fourth – but just one point off the top three, who all fin­ished level on 47.

Cap­tain Greg Causer will now step down to con­cen­trate on play­ing du­ties, with Leech, who fin­ished as top scorer with 18 goals, tak­ing the arm­band.

Causer said: “It was un­for­tu­nate that we ran out of steam and we can pin­point it to a cou­ple of games when we suf­fered from play­ers be­ing un­avail­able. We should have beaten both Wok­ing­ham and Wind­sor, and win­ning just one of those games would have seen us win the ti­tle.

“To have the sec­ond best at­tack in the divi­sion (scor­ing 92 goals) and still not go up is just as dis­ap­point­ing as fin­ish­ing one point off pro­mo­tion, but it’s still been a good sea­son.”

The Cross did ev­ery­thing they could to turn things around in Satur­day’s fi­nal round of fix­tures, ham­mer­ing Ox­ford Hawks 5ths 11-0, but other re­sults did not go their way.

Stu­art Coul­son struck six of those goals to fin­ish one be­hind Leech on 17, while the rest of them were shared by James Gar­diner, Andrew Jenk­ins, Michael Thomp­son and Henry White.

All the more frus­trat­ing was the fact Cross could have got the points needed for both the ti­tle and pro­mo­tion if they had played a post­poned game against West Lon­don.

All fel­low MBBO Divi­sion Three teams have been re­fus­ing to play the Northolt-based since Jan­uary to their ill dis­ci­pline, but Causer said safe­guard­ing his team means more than the points.

Else­where, the re­cently-crowned MBBO Divi­sion Six cham­pi­ons, South Bucks, saw out their suc­cess­ful sea­son with a 2-1 win over Ox­ford 6ths.

Dave Leech (left) in ac­tion

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