Boars lose grip on title HOCKEY
EASTCOTE will need favours from others if they are to be league champions this season after being held to a pulsating draw by leaders Ashford on Saturday.
The Boars twice came from behind against the unbeaten table-toppers, but remain a point adrift of their rivals with six matches remaining.
The hosts grabbed the lead when Andrew Whiting fired home from open play, but Eastcote skipper Sam Forster soon restored parity.
Nevertheless, the visitors looked to be heading for defeat when Tom Akhurst infringed allowing the league’s top scorer Shujah Ur Rehman to restore Ashford’s advantage with a penalty stroke.
But a second leveller from Kevin Haig 10 minutes from time leaves Forster’s men still within touching distance of the silverware ahead of the visit of lowly Wallingford this Saturday.
There was disappointment for the men’s second XI as they went down 2-1 to Oxford despite a goal from Ali Cochrane.
The ladies’ first XI picked up a good point at Henley Ladies on Saturday thanks to goals from Claire Devereux and Georgie Cooper and although they lost 1-0 at promotion-chasing Hampstead & Westminster 2nds 24 hours later, they remain in the safety of mid-table.
Elsewhere, an Emily Reed brace and one for Isabeau Welmer saw the seconds come from 2-0 down to beat Staines 3-2. YOUNGSTERS from Hayes have been taking part in indoor tennis sessions delivered by the Sikh Welfare Awareness Team (SWAT).
Four SWAT volunteers underwent training by the Tennis Foundation’s James Keatley and are now delivering coaching to children at the Hayes Gurdwara.
SWAT’s Dave Chana, who finished runnerup in the unsung hero award at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2016, is among those takes up the racquet.