Hockey: Upminster women enjoy winning weekend in East Division One South
PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 March 2017
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Upminster beat both Bromley & Beckenham and Chelmsford in league action over the weekend
Upminster women’s firsts had double reason to celebrate over the weekend as they picked up wins in both of their East Division One South matches.
The successful weekend started on Saturday, with Upminster recording an emphatic 6-0 victory at home to Bromley & Beckenham seconds.
Some early pressing from Upminster made it difficult for the away side to make it out of their own half.
However, it took the hosts until the 20th minute to find a way through when Amy Blackwell tapped home the opening goal.
A strike from an Upminster penalty corner by Lauren Slater shortly followed to make it 2-0 and the visitors were looked like they were in for a long day.
A superb drive into the ‘D’ saw Blackwell claim her second which was swiftly followed by the Upminster player wrapping up her hat-trick before half-time, with the score 4-0.
Upminster continued to press high in the second half and looked to add to their goal tally, with Riva Siggins getting in on the scoring action.
The final goal of the rout came towards the end when Slater added her second of the match, again from a penalty corner.
The following day, Upminster then made the trip to Chelmsford seconds, where they triumphed 1-0.
In testing conditions, both teams found it difficult early on to move the ball around at pace and therefore failed to create any real chances.
As the half went on though, Upminster started playing much the better hockey, with Siggins having a shot saved by the home keeper, but the sides went into the break level.
Upminster started the second half as they finished the first and good pressing saw further penalty corners awarded, but none were converted.
The breakthrough came when Michelle Dixey evaded three players to fire the ball into the ‘D’, where Jemma Cresswell turned and pushed the ball into the goal.
A fine performance at the back from Niamh Robeson kept out any chance of a Chelmsford equaliser as Upminster secured a second win in as many days.
The two victories moved Upminster up to sixth in the table with just three games to go in their season.