Hockey: Upminster let leaders off the hook

PUBLISHED: 08:30 03 November 2017

Upminster pose for a team photo before a game at Coopers (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Upminster pose for a team photo before a game at Coopers (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Upminster let a three-goal lead slip in their 4-4 draw with East Division One leaders Shefford & Sandy.

Upminster thirds drew 3-3 with Old Southendian thirds at Coopers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Upminster thirds drew 3-3 with Old Southendian thirds at Coopers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The first half was one of their best for some time, with Steve Wright netting two opportunistic goals and Ollie Cipa converting a drag flick.

But the visitors hit back from a short corner before half time, after Phil Dixon had made a good save from the original effort.

And that gave Shefford & Sandy a boost for the second half, only for defender of the match Dixon to save a penalty flick.

Man of the match Wright compelted his hat-trick to make it 4-1, but the final 20 minutes proved to be disastrous for Upminster.

After seeing their lead cut to a single goal with five minutes remaining, they conceded an equaliser with only 30 seconds left when a bad pass and some poor tackling were punished.

However, Upminster extended their unbeaten run to four matches ahead of a trip to Cambridge Nomads.

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