First de­feat for East­cote

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HOCKEY

EAST­COTE Hockey Club men fell to a first de­feat of the sea­son on Satur­day as they lost 3-1 to lo­cal ri­vals OMTs in a game they could have won.

In­stead, a Ge­orge Smith hat-trick for the vis­i­tors en­sured it was they who took the points, with only a Gabriel Emery re­ply for the Boars.

The fol­low­ing day, East­cote took on Ox­ford in round one of the EHL Tro­phy, los­ing 4-3 on penal­ties af­ter a 2-2 draw in nor­mal time.

Emery put East­cote ahead, only for spurned chances to al­low Ox­ford to come back and take the lead, and while cap­tain Peter Brookes equalised for East­cote with five min­utes left, the penalty shoot-out went Ox­ford’s way.

Mean­while, the quickly im­prov­ing ladies side drew 3-3 with South­gate 2nds in a see­saw game where the lead changed hands four times, leav­ing East­cote dis­ap­pointed not to take all three points.

South­gate opened the scor­ing, only for a brace from youth prod­uct Phillippa Jones to give East­cote a 2-1 lead into half time.

South­gate then equalised from a well worked short cor­ner, only for Cather­ine Ash­ton to slam home a firm shot from a re­bound and a win looked on the cards, but South­gate would not lie down and equalised again, while a fi­nal flour­ish from East­cote was not enough.

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