Boars’ tar­get in sight

EAST­COTE HC

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

ALL East­cote Hockey Club’s men’s first XI want for Christ­mas is to be top of the league – and that prize is now in their own hands.

Joe Snell’s dou­ble and goals from Gabriel Emery, Ian Sadler and Stephen Rid­dle­ston wrapped up a thump­ing win over Milton Keynes on Satur­day, tak­ing the Boars sec­ond in the MBB Re­gional One stand­ings.

That means if East­cote claim the points on their trav­els to lead­ers Maiden­head this week­end, they will be look­ing down on the rest over the fes­tive break.

There was more good news too for the Ladies, who fur­ther eased their South Clubs Di­vi­sion 3A rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries with a 3-2 win over fel­low strug­glers West Hamp­stead 2s.

Cather­ine Ashton’s short-cor­ner strike gave the hosts a nar­row half-time lead and they looked set for a com­fort­able win when Leanne Cooper dou­bled the ad­van­tage from an­other set-piece soon af­ter the break.

The vis­i­tors, though, hit back with two goals in quick suc­ces­sion to leave the game in the bal­ance as the clock ticked down.

A hero­ine was re­quired and Eleri Smith stepped into the breach for East­cote, slam­ming home from an­other short cor­ner in the dy­ing min­utes.

It leaves the ladies six points clear of the drop zone at the mid­way point.

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