‘Dead rub­ber’ drawn

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

AN MBBO League re­or­gan­i­sa­tion means there is no longer a pro­mo­tion play-off spot avail­able – ren­der­ing East­cote men’s sec­ond ver­sus third clash against Ox­ford a dead rub­ber.

How­ever, the game was still hard fought and, de­spite some good play, East­cote were un­done by two lapses in con­cen­tra­tion at the back and an in­abil­ity to fin­ish in attack.

How­ever, they did grab a 2-2 draw thanks to a first East­cote goal from Kevin Haigh and a late equaliser from Alex Sto­b­bart.

The sec­onds beat Slough 4-1 to go top of their league thanks to goals from Gabriel Emery, Dan O’Sul­li­van, Kern Sorzano and Ben Thorpe, while the thirds got back to win­ning ways with a 2-0 win against Ox­ford, with Lewis Wat­son and Scott Reed on the score­sheet.

The fourths’ game fell vic­tim of mo­tor­way chaos on the M1 and M40, while the fifths came from 2-0 down to beat Mar­low 5-2, thanks to a brace from Ash­win Von Gurm and fur­ther goals from Joe Snell, Tim Fitzger­ald and Mike Pell.

Gra­ham Jack­son struck the only goal of the game as the sixths beat Bri­tish Air­ways, while the Ea­gles lost 4-1 to Phoenix & Ranelagh, with an Andy Child goal the con­so­la­tion.

On Sun­day, the over-60s lost their EH Plate quar­ter fi­nal 3-2 to Glouces­ter­shire, de­spite Lloyd Eood and Pali Sidhu goals.

In the ladies sec­tion, the firsts lost 3-2 at home to Lon­don Way­far­ers, de­spite tak­ing a first minute lead when Sofie Cas­tle fin­ish­ing a sweep­ing move up the right hand side of the pitch.

But the vis­i­tors were in front by the break and although East­cote equalised mid­way through the sec­ond half from a pow­er­ful cor­ner strike from Claire Dev­ereaux, Way­far­ers struck the win­ner just three min­utes later to leave East­cote bot­tom of the league with five games re­main­ing.

Else­where, the sec­onds lost 2-1 to Winch­more Hill & En­field, de­spite a Ni­cola Cross­ley strike, while skip­per Laura Shep­herd earned the fourths a 1-1 draw with Staines.

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