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Hockey: Cipa treble helps Upminster past Nomads

PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 November 2017

An Upminster player hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

An Upminster player hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Upminster survived a late rally from Cambridge Nomads to claim a 3-2 win in East League Division One.

They took the lead through man of the match Ollie Cipa’s short corner strike and he also tapped in at the far post from brother Josh’s pass.

Defender of the match Nathan Woods, Sam Langston and Phil Dixon kept Nomads at bay and Cipa completed his hat-trick in the second half.

Other chances were missed, though, and the hosts hit back with two goals after having a player sent off.

Upminster managed to hold on for three points, though, and will hope for more when they host Cambridge City at Coopers this weekend.

The thirds remain unbeaten after a 3-0 win at Maldon seconds, despite travelling with only 11 players.

They included late call-up Jordan Southarn and began well, before defender of the match John Daltrey made two smart saves.

Upminster’s pressure told, as Phil Hudson and Southarn finished off short corner moves within a few minutes of each other, and Hudson then made a terrific clearance off his own goalline.

Luke Scrivener and man of the match Jacob Fortune bolstered the midfield in the second half, with Daltrey making more impressive saves, before a fine move saw Ryan Hodges, Will Topp, captain Tom Hilson and Hudson combine to set up Southarn for a tidy finish.

The back three of Jonny Appleton, Michael Jones and Rob Fordham dealt with any potential threats from Maldon in the closing stages as Upminster moved up to third.

The fourths were beaten 8-0 by Redbridge seconds, but the score did not do them justice.

Ollie Peck had two early chances, but Redbridge took the lead and added a second goal just before half time.

Stephen McLoughlin, Nigel Emes, John Fortune and John Beach defended well, while Louis and Ellis Pickering worked tirelessly, but fitness told as Redbridge added six more goals to their tally.

The fifths are still pointless after a 2-1 loss to Southend thirds, whose early opener was cancelled out by man of the match Paul Middlemiss.

Upminster laid siede to the Southend goal after that, but could not find the net and conceded a disputed winner.

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