So near, yet so far – but a Berry good try

The Hockey Paper - - MEN'S CUP - By Richard Dore

FOR­MER Brom­ley star Neil Berry saw his son Tom fall just short of fol­low­ing in his foot­steps and reach­ing the Men’s Na­tional Cup fi­nal, but he in­sists the class of 2017 can still hold their heads up high.

Back in 1989, Berry was lin­ing up for Brom­ley in the Cup fi­nal, one they lost to Old Loughto­ni­ans with both teams in­side the top six of the top di­vi­sion at the time.

A lot has hap­pened since then, with Brom­ley merg­ing with Beck­en­ham in 2005 and now ply­ing their trade in the South Premier Di­vi­sion One.

De­spite that be­ing the third tier of English hockey, they gave Can­ter­bury a good fight on Sun­day with two Will Hey­wood goals send­ing the Premier Di­vi­sion side through to the fi­nal, where they will face Read­ing.

But de­spite the loss Neil be­lieves Tom and his team-mates did the club proud.“Goals win matches, cor­ners win matches, if you don’t get your chances and put them away you don’t de­serve to win, sim­ple as that re­ally,” Neil said. “But I don’t think Can­ter­bury looked miles ahead of us in terms of leagues, cer­tainly we weren’t out­classed.

“The pace def­i­nitely went up in the sec­ond half but we couldn’t cre­ate the chances, if you don’t do that then it’s the same old story.

“The pleas­ing thing is that they were not out­classed. Can­ter­bury were fairly for­tu­nate to not con­cede a goal. I think Beck­en­ham should be quite pleased but dis­ap­pointed they didn’t cre­ate chances.

“It’s just been tremen­dous ex­cite­ment for the club re­ally. This cup run has been what the club needs to buzz it up, that’s where club com­pe­ti­tions come in in all sports.

“This is the high­est­pro­file run we’ve had in ten years re­ally and that’s been ex­cel­lent.”

Good old days: Neil Berry (top)

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