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Upminster ensure happy trip home from Wisbech with win as women stay on title track

PUBLISHED: 17:30 30 November 2018

Upminster HC 3rd XI vs Rochford HC, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 24th November 2018

Upminster HC 3rd XI vs Rochford HC, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 24th November 2018

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Upminster’s men had a happy trip home from their longest away-day in East League One after a 4-2 win at Wisbech Town.

Upminster HC 3rd XI vs Rochford HC, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 24th November 2018Upminster HC 3rd XI vs Rochford HC, East Region League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 24th November 2018

They were not at their best in a scrappy contest, but opened their account with a drag flick from Ollie Cipa.

The lead did not last long as the home side hit back after winning possession from the Upminster defence and finding a free man to fire a first-time shot past Phil Dixon.

The high press continued throughout the game with Upminster struggling to consistently break through, but whenever they did they looked like scoring, with numerous chances squandered.

Josh Cipa made it 2-1 when a aerial ball over the top from brother Ollie found him in space and, after taking a touch to control, he fired a reverse strike past the Wisbech keeper.

The third goal arrived soon after, following a short corner move which found Dave Hadsley at the back post to finish.

But Upminster struggled to retain the ball in the second half, leading to a more defensive display, and the deficit was halved when once again Wisbech won position high up the pitch and moved the ball quickly to score.

The next 10 minutes saw the home team dominate and only a string of fine saves from Dixon kept Upminster ahead.

One such save from a short corner led to a counter-attack that saw Nick Hull find Ollie Cipa, who in turn passed to brother Josh to tap into a open goal.

The win left Upminster in third place with second-placed Wapping thirds at Coopers this weekend, when they will need a better all round performance to maintain their winning run.

The women enjoyed a 2-0 home win over a physical Ashford side in East One South to remain level on points with leaders Maidstone.

Amy Blackwell opened the scoring, finishing at the left post from a short corner, as player of the match Michelle Wright controlled play.

Blackwell, Alexa Marston, Riva Siggins and Jemma Creswell all had near misses, as new left-back Annie Simpson and Lauren Turner impressed in a strong defensive display.

Niamh Robeson and Bella Boyle combined well in a new central partnership and Upminster made sure when Megan Miller set up Marston at the far post to score.

Upminster make the short trip to Old Loughts this weekend.

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