Mixed start for Havering Hawks
PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 March 2015
Club get new inline hockey season underway
Havering Hawks experienced mixed fortunes as the 2015 inline hockey season got underway at the weekend.
A near full squad took on Hastings-based South Coast Devils in their first match of the new campaign, but after two slow periods they were 5-4 down.
A strong third period saw the Hawks score three unanswered goals, though, as they dominated the Devils to eventually run out 7-5 winners.
Brandon Ayliffe and Anthony Laird finished with a hat-trick apiece in the success, but Hawks were two players short for their meeting with league new boys Oxford Blues.
They got off to a flying start with two quick goals, but Oxford hit back to lead 4-2 at the break.
Hawks hit back after the restart and produced another strong third period to suggest they might salvage something from the game, only for their rivals to seal the points with a late fifth.
Assistant captain Laird, of Hornchurch, said: “Overall, it was a good start to the season. We’ve only had about a month or so training together and we’ve got a lot of new players so it’s bound to take time getting used to each other and how we play.
“We finished strongly in both games, which is something we struggled with last season, so it’s proof our hard work is paying off.
“We still have a few players to come back from injury and work commitments.”
Hawks have this weekend off before facing Kent club Ash Avalance and London Streeet Warriors B on March 22.
Laird added: “Ash are a solid team, with some good, skillful players so that will be an interesting game.
“The Warriors second team are a good team, but I’m aiming to take all four points next weekend. If we play like we did this weekend, I think we can!”
Scorers, v Devils: Ayliffe 3, Laird 3, Reffell 1+1; v Oxford: Hooper 1+1, Dimond 1+1, Reffell 1.
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