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Hockey: Fine wins for Upminster

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 November 2018

Upminster's men produced a five-star display to topple East Division One leaders Sudbury at Coopers.

They survived a string of short corners early on, before breaking out to win their own and seeing Steve Wright set up Alex Mitchell to score.

The hosts doubled their lead in similar fashion as Ollie Cipa’s drag flick beat the keeper and Wright made it 3-0 from close range.

Upminster added a fourth before the break as Phil Dixon cleared to Jamie O’Dell, who picked out Lyndon Ford to round the keeper and net on his reverse.

A flurry of cards left them on the back foot in the second half, but great defensive work denied Sudbury a reply.

And Upminster had the last word as Cipa fired home from another short corner to seal a superb 5-0 win that leaves them in third place ahead of a trip to Wisbech Town.

The women travelled to East One South’s bottom club Canterbury still on a high from their 7-0 wi over Chelmsford a week earlier.

And they applied plenty of early pressure, as Lauren Slater and Megan Miller combined well with Alexa Marston, who fought off stick tackles to create countless chances, only to see the scoreline remain blank.

Upminster used the ball well to keep it out of Canterbury’s reach and their positional discipline and persistence resulted in lots of good hockey played at the back and moving forwards.

Seven short corners were awarded to Upminster in the first half and the seventh was finally put away after a play between Miller and Slater to create a 1-0 lead at the break.

It was a similar story in the second half as Canterbury’s one crucial chance to get level came when a lone forward found themselves one on one with goalkeeper Charlotte Triggs, who has had an outstanding season so far and cleared the danger.

Upminster kept pushing until the final whistle in a bid to boost their goal difference and doubled their lead with a minute to go when Chloe Renshaw-Smith received her own rebound and managed to find the bottom corner.

They now trail leaders Maidstone on goal difference only but have a game in hand and welcome Ashford to Coopers on Saturday.

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