De­fa­nis the late hero

HOCKEY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

FRIENDLY Eastcote 2 Queen’s Park 1 MARK De­fa­nis popped up to score the win­ner as Eastcote over­came Queen’s Park last week.

De­fa­nis fin­ished on the re­verse after a neat pull back from Ran­jit Sehmba to se­cure the win against their op­po­nents who were on tour from Trinidad.

Back un­der the guid­ance of coach Adam Mul­hol­land, Eastcote nearly got off to the per­fect start when new striker Kevin Haigh stole the ball, but was un­able to con­vert the op­por­tu­nity.

But after a num­ber of short cor­ners they went in front when the ball was driven into the D from the left wing and new striker Kevin Haigh rounded the keeper and scored.

But they were then pegged back as a high ball went over the head of Alex Moore, who stretched but was un­able to take it cleanly and it fell kindly for Queen’s Park to equalise past Mark Welch, who has re­turned to the club from Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’.

And just when it looked like the spoils would be shared, De­fa­nis popped up to score the win­ner.

Else­where, the ladies’ sec­ond and third teams com­bined to beat Amer­sham & Chal­font 2-0 while a mixed fourths and fifths drew 3-3 against the same op­po­si­tion.

Eastcote will be tak­ing part in the na­tional club week­end on Satur­day and Sun­day which in­cludes seven mixed teams bat­tling it out over a two-day tour­na­ment.

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