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Second-half brace secures points as Upminster emerge from gloom to beat Crostyx

PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 October 2018

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

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Upminster’s men claimed the East League Division One points against Crostyx at a gloomy Coopers on Saturday.

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

Neither goalkeeper was tested as monsoon-like rain fell during a scoreless first half, after the floodlights had been turned on at midday.

But Upminster gradully found their feet after the restart and their increasing pressure told when Ollie Cipa’s drag flick at a corner was saved and Alex Mitchell pounced to score.

And the points were secured when Steve Wright’s reverse-stick shot took a slight deflection to find the net.

Upminster’s women faced an early start as they travelled to Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre to take on their Crostyx rivals in East League Division One South.

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

The visitors attacked hard in the first half, moving the ball up the pitch well, but they could not convert any chances in the opening 20 minutes.

But the breakthrough eventually came when player of the match Megan Miller made a skilful run into the D and crossed for Jemma Cresswell to find the net with a fantastic strike.

Upminster keep up the attacking pace with great plays from forwards Alexa Marston, Chloe Renshaw-Smith and Cresswell.

And they made a confident start to the second half, aiming to capitalise on their lead and constantly pressuring a very well-drilled Crostyx defence who continued to calmly clear the ball back into play.

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

Upminster battled hard to regain possession and win multiple short corners and, on 65 minutes, doubled their lead when Miller set up Bella Boyle.

Crostyx had the better of the last 15 minutes, with nearly all the play in Upminster’s half, but Charlotte Triggs only needed to make one save throughout the whole game for her clean sheet.

This weekend sees Upminster have their first top-of-the-table clash as they welcome newly promoted Blueharts to Coopers as they look to continue their winning ways for a fourth week in a row.

The women’s fourth team edged past Maldon seconds 2-1, but the fifths romped to an emphatic 13-0 win over Chelmsford sevenths, while the sixth team drew 1-1 at East London eights.

Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018Upminster HC vs Crostyx, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 6th October 2018

The men’s seconds, thirds and fourths all drew their matches, against Wapping fifths (1-1), Wapping eights (0-0) and Chelmsford sixths (2-2) respectively.

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