Leech to take captain’s armband in fresh promotion bid
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