No escape for Upminster

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 March 2014

Upminster's men have suffered relegation from East Division One (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster's men have suffered relegation from East Division One (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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East Div 1: St Ives 5 Upminster 0

There was no final-day escape for Upminster’s men, as they fell to a 5-0 defeat and relegation at St Ives.

They began well, but could not convert from a string of short corners and paid the price as two mistakes gifted Saints goals at the other end before the break.

The home side added three more goals as Upminster heads dropped and captain Steve Wright said: “It’s been a disappointing season. We came into this division with high hopes, but for one reason or another it never really kick started.

“We know we’re more than capable of competing at the top end of this division, but it will take a kick up the proverbial to get the club back on track.”

Glen Noller steps down as player-coach and Wright added: “A special mention must go to Glen. He experienced ups and downs, taking on a difficult role, and we wish him luck in his coaching endeavours and truly hope we will see him donning the blue and gold as a player next year.”

The fifths battled to an entertaining 0-0 draw at Phoenix thirds, in a match that defied their mid-table safety.

Nick Green took the man of the match award for Upminster, who were left to wonder what might have been after taking seven games to pick up their first point of the season.

n Upminster handed out trophies to over 130 colts members at their annual prizegiving, with Rose Monaghan receiving the President’s player of the year award from Eric Collier.

Monaghan was singled out for the top prize having proved a valuable asset to the colts section, ahead of her move into the senior ranks next season.

Other prizes were given to the goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, centre forward, most improved, players’ player and coaches player of the year in the under-eight, under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.

Colts chairman Tony Dance received a special gift after stepping down from his role and said: “I have really enjoyed my 10-year stint at the club, which has grown enormously from 20 odd members to our largest to date.

“A number of juniors have fed into the senior squads and climbed through the ranks. The women’s teams have also done very well, with players coming through from our colts section. “We put out a 5th XI team two years ago and are considering putting in another team next season, making it six apiece.

“I leave knowing we are really well placed and the future for Upminster Hockey Club looks brighter than ever.

“Andrew Berry, my replacement, has worked with me during the 2013/14 season and takes over the reigns fully in September. I wish him and all of the brilliant coaches, parents and more importantly, our fantastic colts members every continued success.”

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