Romford win hockey derby

PUBLISHED: 15:32 31 October 2010

Boyling treble downs Upminster

STUART BOYLING’S hat-trick led Romford to a comfortable 5-1 derby triumph over Upminster 3rds at Robert Clack.

Upminster arrived with a bare XI, but went close to taking the lead when Lester Farrant’s shot was deflected wide by thhe foot of keeper Nick Curtis.

Tom Edwards set up Ben James at the other end, but a scrambling Tony Dance was able to save before Boyling had an effort ruled out as the umpires awarded a short corner.

Dance saved the initial shot from Edwards, but the ball fell to captain James Hibbard, whose shot squirmed under the keeper’s body before brother Alfie made sure.

Romford doubled their lead when Upminster’s Nigel Emes let go of his stick attempting to clear, allowing Edwards to tee up Boyling for a tap-in.

Curtis denied Farrant again before Boyling swept home a reverse-stick shot shortly before the interval, following good work by James.

Dance denied Edwards with a good save, before veteran Emes fired home from an Upminster short corner in the second half.

Romford’s defence held firm in the face of further pressure, although Farrant deflected a Steve Woods hit just past the post before the hosts were awarded a penalty, for a foul on James, and Edwards brushed aside Boyling to score from the spot.

But Boyling completed his treble late on with a run through the heart of the Upminster defence and slide-rule finish past the advancing Dance.

Andrew Peart netted a consolation in the 2nd XI’s 11-1 defeat at Thurrock.

Jim MacAuley and Dave Brazier were on target for the 3rds in their 5-2 friendly defeat against Upminster 6ths.

Andy Walton took the man of the match award for a string of fantastic saves.

Romford’s women beat Old Loughts 4ths in their Essex Division One clash.

Returning to a 4-3-3 formation, with Leah and Kelly Butcher joining Emma James in attack, they took the lead when Leah fired a shot into the bottom corner.

James rounded the home keeper soon after, but was forced wide and could not finish, and was unlucky not to score again before the break.

With Claire Boyling and player of the match Sara Ronayne frustrating the Old Loughts forwards and captain Sheryl James working tirelessly in midfield, Romford doubled their lead when Kelly Butcher set up sister Leah to score.

A fine through ball then allowed Emma James to touch past the onrushing keeper and make it 3-0.

Abi Gowers saw her short corner strike blocked by Kelly Butcher before Loughts grabbed a consolation from a short corner of their own late on.

Vikki Yeomans earned a point for the 2nd XI as they drew 1-1 with Phoenix 3rds in Essex Division Four.

Mahmoona Shah was named Romford’s player of the match.

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