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Hockey: Upminster succeed at Long Sutton

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 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 made the long trip back from Long Sutton in high spirits after a 4-2 win in East League Division One.

The visitors fell behind from a short corner and conceded a second goal soon after to leave themselves up against it.

But they sprung to lift and halved the deficit before the interval through Jack Downes.

A stern half-time team-talk from coach Matt Malby reinvigorated Upminster and they came out of the blocks quickly to draw level after the restart as Ollie Cipa converted a well placed penalty corner.

Upminster continued to press and were rewarded with Cipa converting his second of the game to put them in the lead for the first time.

Long Sutton pushed for an equaliser but Upminster’s defence stood firm, with good work from keeper Phil Dixon and defensive duo Jack Coleman and Nathan Woods.

And the visitors sealed the points in the last five minutes as Alex Mitchell scored to keep their unbeaten run going ahead of this weekend’s shorter trip to the Olympic Park to face Wapping.

An experienced Romford second string edged past Upminster fifths in awful conditions.

Romford took an early lead when goalkeeper Matthew Chapman made a great stop, but the ball got caught under his foot and Femi Fanibi reacted quickest to slot home.

Upminster hit back quickly, forcing a short corner, and although it was miss-taken, Romford could only clear as far as Aiden Hewitt who smashed home to level.

The game was free-flowing with Upminster’s youngsters doing very well and Teerath Sangheera impressing at the back as Jim Monaghan, Will Doyle and man of the match Hewitt made runs on the wings.

John Beach was in great form in defence, but Gary Venus restored Romford’s lead and they held on for a 2-1 victory, despite Upminster having the better of the late stages as they fell to a fifth odd-goal defeat this season.

Upminster’s women made the long trip back from Folkestone empty-handed after falling to a 1-0 defeat against their struggling East One South rivals. They are set to host Broxbourne this weekend.

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