Eastcote close the gap with league lead­ers

Win leaves them only two points be­hind Ox­ford Hawks

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

MBBO DI­VI­SION ONE Eastcote 4 Maiden­head 0 KEVIN Haigh con­tin­ued his fine scor­ing form by grab­bing a dou­ble against Maiden­head as Eastcote ran out 4-0 win­ners on Satur­day.

The league’s top scorer struck the opener fol­low­ing a quick Eastcote break be­fore cap­tain Alex Sto­b­bart added a sec­ond with a re­verse stick shot.

Haigh scored his sec­ond after a string of short cor­ners be­fore Sam For­man capped off the win with a skill­ful run and un­nerv­ing fin­ish.

The re­sult keeps Eastcote third in MBBO Di­vi­sion One and only two points be­hind league lead­ers Ox­ford Hawks ahead of their visit to Staines seconds on Satur­day.

In the same di­vi­sion, Henry Stuttaford scored twice as Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ recorded a 3-1 vic­tory over Walling­ford.

George Smith fired home the hosts’ other goal as OMTs’ lifted them­selves into ninth spot ahead of their trip to Ox­ford seconds at the week­end.

Eastcote seconds beat Newbury and Thatcham 3-0 in the Eng­land Hockey Na­tional Plate on Sun­day as two goals from David Cooper and one from Chris Akhurst put them into the next round.

Mean­while, a Marissa Gre­sophon strike couldn’t stop Eastcote Ladies slip­ping to a 2-1 de­feat at Ox­ford Hawks.

Gre­sophon’s goal proved to be noth­ing but a con­so­la­tion fol­low­ing a good move from a penalty cor­ner to­wards the end of the match.

The Hawks had taken the lead just be­fore half time with a scrappy goal and dou­bled their ad­van­tage shortly after the in­ter­val.

Eastcote fought hard to the end but were un­able to come away with their share of the spoils and sit in eighth place just four points off the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ Duchesses earned a 1-1 draw at Bri­tish Air­ways Hayes Ladies seconds in Mid­dle­sex Di­vi­sion Two at the week­end.

They re­main fifth in the ta­ble ahead of host­ing neigh­bours Old Ux­o­ni­ans Ladies, who were thumped 12-0 by Staines Ladies’ thirds, on Satur­day.

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