Emery the late hero

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

GABRIEL Emery earned new first team coach Lee Pet­tifer his first win in charge of East­cote Hockey Club men with a last­minute win­ner against Slough on Satur­day.

The first half was an even af­fair, with East­cote open­ing the scor­ing through a David Cooper penalty stroke, only for Slough to equalise, be­fore Ben Thorpe re­stored the home sides ad­van­tage by bril­liantly fin­ish­ing a well worked team ef­fort.

Slough came back into the game mid­way into the sec­ond half with a clin­i­cal fin­ish, but this only seemed to fire up East­cote, and they started to put pres­sure on the Slough goal but could not find a way past their keeper.

How­ever, with the game go­ing into the last minute, Stephen Rid­dle­ston drove into the D and his skills forced a penalty cor­ner which Emery coolly fin­ished to give East­cote vic­tory in their penul­ti­mate friendly.

They still have one more pre-season game, against Bri­tish Air­ways, to come, but the East­cote ladies got their league season un­der way with a 2-1 home de­feat to Wy­combe Rye.

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