Hockey: Six of best for Upminster seconds
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 December 2017
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Upminster seconds ran out 6-4 winners over Saffron Walden thirds after a 10-goal thriller in East Three South East at Coopers.
The hosts began well, creating lots of good chances, but saw Luke Alexandrou’s effort crash against the crossbar.
But they made the breakthrough on 20 minutes when man of the match Luke Scrivener made a surging run into the D and teed up Glen Noller to score.
Walden replied five minutes later with a good deflection and then took the lead after a lapse of concentration in the Upminster defence.
But Upminster came out in the second half knowing further chances would come their way if they continued to play as they had before the break and Mike Scrivener converted a short corner and then tapped in at the far post to put them 3-2 up.
Phil Hudson then bundled the ball over the line before Alexandrou rounded the keeper and smashed into the net, with veteran Scrivener completing his hat-trick with a far-post tap in after some unselfish work from Noller.
Walden managed two late goals, but Upminster shut up shop at the back, marshalled well by defender of the match Andrew Berry, and head to Mile End to take on East London this weekend.
The news was not so good for the first team, who fell to a 3-0 loss at Wapping thirds in Division One.
All three goals came from corners, following errors by Upminster, who host Bishops Stortford this weekend.
The women were beaten 3-1 by high-flying Broxbourne in East One South, falling to a fourth defeat in five outings.
The hosts struck first with a goal in the opening minute of the game as Riva Siggins broke and squared the ball for Jemma Cresswell to score.
A stunned Broxbourne soon started to get a grip on the game and equalised midway through the first half, then took the lead after a fine run and finish from one of their midfielders in the second half.
Upminster rallied but were denied by a fine block on the line and saw the resulting short corner kept out also.
The visitors broke out to claim a third goal soon after to seal the points and Upminster visit Burnt Ash on Saturday, ahead of the national indoor tournament.