Wins puts ladies top

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THE OLYMPIC Park was the venue as Eastcote men’s hockey club warmed up for the sec­ond half of the sea­son with a nar­row friendly win over Wap­ping 2s.

In what was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to run off any ex­cesses of Christ­mas turkey and the like, the Boars were pegged back three times by their hosts be­fore pinch­ing vic­tory cour­tesy of Mark Al­li­son’s last-minute win­ner.

Jimmy Thomas fired the game’s open­ing goal but it needed Gabriel Emery’s strike to re­store the vis­i­tors’ lead be­fore the in­ter­val.

Wap­ping lev­elled once more and with just four min­utes left the game seemed des­tined to fin­ish 2-2.

Ash­win Von Gurm’s first goal for Eastcote put them ahead once more only for Wap­ping to fash­ion a third equaliser but with sec­onds left, Al­li­son pounced to smash home the win­ner.

Mean­while, Eastcote’s Ladies Masters team went top of the Vet­er­ans South League thanks to a 2-1 win against South Berk­shire, Anita Huntley and Tracey Gus­tad the scor­ers.

The club’s un­der-16 boys and girls sides were also both in ac­tion, a Luke De­fa­nis hat-trick help­ing the for­mer beat In­dian Gymkhana 4-0, while the lat­ter hit five with­out re­ply against Eal­ing.

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