Eastcote made to pay for missed chances

RUGBY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THIRD-placed Eastcote could not knock league lead­ers Ox­ford Hawks off their perch as they missed out on the chance to close the gap at the top.

Hawks nar­rowly won 1-0 due to a hotly-con­tested penalty stroke to main­tain their po­si­tion at the top of the pile.

The vis­i­tors had sev­eral chances through­out but failed to con­vert as they were left to rue missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Eastcote have dis­played some ex­cel­lent at­tack­ing play in re­cent weeks and con­tin­ued this week­end with the best chances go­ing to Kevin Haigh, who can count him­self very un­lucky not to have found the net at least once.

This was a very frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for the Boars, who take on Wy­combe at home on Satur­day.

The seconds played Brack­nell in a top-two clash with the home side com­ing out 5-1 win­ners with a brace from Ben Thorpe and one each from David Cooper, Gabriel Emery and Ian Sadler.

Jimmy Thomas net­ted three times over the week­end for the 3rds as they had a dou­ble header, emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous with a 1-0 win at Wok­ing­ham on Satur­day, be­fore beat­ing Mar­low 2-1 on Sun­day.

The fourths re­mained top after beat­ing West Hamp­stead 3-0, while it is back-to-back wins now for the fifths as they beat Ash­ford 2-1 with Chris Ma­clan­nan scor­ing both. A Chris But­ler hat-trick was enough for the 6ths as they beat Maiden­head.

Eastcote Ea­gles lost 4-0 to West Hamp­stead, but the two veteran sides both recorded wins with the Old Boars com­ing out on top in a 9-4 thriller and the Past Masters beat­ing Wim­ble­don 2-0.

Mean­while, Eastcote Ladies were back in league ac­tion against Mar­low, who sit just above them in the ta­ble.

A tight first-half saw both teams reach the break with the score still at 0-0, but a more open sec­ond saw Mar­low take the lead from a short cor­ner be­fore Cather­ine Ash­ton lev­elled with five min­utes to play.

Mar­low took the lead again almost im­me­di­ately from another short cor­ner and then, with the home side look­ing to get another late equaliser, Mar­low fin­ished the game on the break.

Else­where, the ladies’ seconds match was post­poned due to a frozen pitch and the thirds suf­fered a heavy 6-0 de­feat to West Hamp­stead, but the fourths re­main top, beat­ing PHC Chiswick 4-0, with goals from Emily Walker, Sophie Nor­man, Ge­orgie Cooper and Cerys Ed­wards. The fifths lost 3-0 to West Hamp­stead.

Else­where, Old Ux­o­ni­ans were beaten 2-1 by PHC Chiswick fourths. Robyn Good­win got the goal for the Ux­ies.

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CLASH: David Cooper was on the score­sheet for Eastcote’s seconds

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