Haigh earns Eastcote a gi­antkilling vic­tory

Home side knock out higher placed West Hamp­stead HOCKEY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Rachel Wicks and George Bell­shaw tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Haigh net­ted the de­ci­sive goal from a tight an­gle while vis­i­tors West Hamp­stead, who play a level above, were down to nine men, and put Eastcote into round three with a 2-1 vic­tory.

David Cooper had put the hosts ahead after the in­ter­val but West Hamp­stead con­verted a penalty stroke to equalise.

How­ever, Haigh scored the win­ner as Eastcote cap­i­talised on two red cards for their op­po­nents to give Eastcote the win. The win came a day after a com­fort­able 6-0 win against Mar­low that leaves Eastcote third in MBBO Di­vi­sion One.

Haigh hit a hat-trick, Alex Sto­b­bart scored two and Sam Forster net­ted the other as Eastcote con­trolled the game from start to fin­ish.

In the same di­vi­sion, Ed Richards scored for Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ in a hard earned 1-1 draw at home to Maiden­head.

Mean­while, Eastcote ladies were downed by three sec­ond half goals as they lost to Ep­som and slipped to eighth in South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Di­vi­sion Two.

Eastcote started the game brightly and Claire Dev­ereaux tested the Ep­som keeper with a snap­shot from near the top of the D in a goal­less first half.

Ep­som got the break­through in the sec­ond pe­riod and dou­bled their ad­van­tage as the Eastcote back­line was stretched chas­ing an equaliser.

A con­tro­ver­sial third goal was then scored at the death as Eastcote stopped for one um­pire’s whis­tle, but the other of­fi­cial de­cided to wave play on.

Else­where, Old Ux­o­ni­ans Ladies slipped to eighth in Mid­dle­sex Women’s Ladies Di­vi­sion Two fol­low­ing a 4-0 de­feat at the hands of NPL Ladies’ seconds.

The Ux­ies were with­out Lou Kelsh, who suf­fered a frac­tured eye socket in last week’s aban­doned game with Ash­ford seconds, and found them­selves 3-0 down in the first half.

They fought hard in the sec­ond half but un­for­tu­nately con­ceded a fourth.

In the same di­vi­sion, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ Duchesses earned a 4-2 vic­tory over Ash­ford to re­main fifth.

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