Emery strike hoists club into the top four

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

MARK Welsh and Gabriel Emery were the heroes for East­cote as they edged out Ox­ford on Satur­day to move into the top four.

Keeper Welsh was in sparkling form, keep­ing the vis­i­tors at bay to en­sure that Emery’s soli­tary strike was enough to take all the points and move the Boars up a con­gested ta­ble.

Ox­ford had the bet­ter of the early ex­changes, but Welsh proved un­beat­able with three ex­cel­lent saves.

Emery broke the dead­lock soon af­ter the in­ter­val and the hosts con­trolled the se­cond half to bag an im­por­tant win. They visit an­other of this sea­son’s con­tenders, PHC Chiswick, on Satur­day.

The Ladies, mean­while, climbed off the bot­tom of South Hockey League 3A with a su­perb 4-2 win at Hen­ley. Top scorer Claire Dev­ereux, Cather­ine Ash­ton, Eleri Smith and Emma Bell were all on tar­get as they stormed into a 4-0 lead and, de­spite a late rally from their hosts, the ladies held on for just their se­cond win of the cam­paign.

Sun­day’s ac­tion saw the over-60s go down 8-3 to In­dian Gymkhana in the Eng­land Hockey Cup de­spite goals from Lloyd Wood, Addy Ad­he­sera and Dickie King, while the Ladies Masters drew 1-1 with Wy­combe, thanks to To­nia Gann’s short-corner strike.

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