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Hockey: Upminster women celebrate late win

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 October 2018

Upminster's women pose for a team selfie after beating East London (pic Upminster Hockey Club)

Upminster's women pose for a team selfie after beating East London (pic Upminster Hockey Club)

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Upminster’s women claimed a 1-0 win over East London in their East League Division One South meeting at Coopers.

The scoreline remained blank until the very last minute when Alexa Marston capped a fine individual display with a superb solo effort to secure the points.

Upminster go in search of a third successive victory at Crostyx this weekend.

The news was not so good for the men, who made the long trip to Harleston with a bare 11 players and came away empty-handed after a 4-1 defeat in East Division One.

The home side broke the deadlock just before half-time with a strike from a tight angle beating Phil Dixon.

And they went 2-0 up from a shor corner after Nathan Woods was shown a green card, before Upminster hit back through Jamie O’Dell.

Upminster enjoyed good spells of pressure, but O’Dell missed a great chance to level and Harleston made him pay with two late go.

The seconds beat Braintree 3-2 in Division Three, while the thirds won 3-1 at Witham in Division Five.

The fourths had a squad of 15 for a Division Seven clash with Braintree thirds, but lost Dave Smith to the sin bin early on and fell behind.

Guy Robertson denied the visitors further goals before the break and Upminster hit back after the restart as youngsters Liam Robertson, Louis and Ellis Pickering, Stephen Mcloughlin and Dan Boran all impressed.

Ollie Peck hit a post before Smith was penalised for another ill-timed tackle, but Ryan Hodges, John Dunnett and Will Topp worked hard in midfield and Jordan Southan levelled with a reverse hit.

Peck then converted a flick and Smith sealed victory with a polished strike late on as Rob Fordham and Robertson took the defender and man of the match awards.

The fifths were also able to celebrate after beating London Royals 4-2 in their Division Nine clash.

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