Boars lose grip on ti­tle HOCKEY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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