Hockey: Upminster maintain impressive form

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 December 2018

Upminster's men are flying high in East League Division One (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster's men are flying high in East League Division One (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Upminster’s men made it three wins in a row in East League Division One with a 4-0 home victory over Wapping thirds last weekend.

Buoyed by previous successes over Wisbech Town and Sudbury, they hosted a Wapping side sitting above them in the table.

Knowing a win was needed to maintain hopes of securing the title in the new year, they produced another impressive display to easily dispatch the opposition.

Wapping were kept at bay for the majority of the afternoon, restricted to a couple of short corner opportunities despite having their share of possession.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Upminter took their chances on the break, with quick incisive interplay troubling Wapping’s defence time and again and leading to goals from Nick Harris, Alex Mitchell, Ollie Cipa and Steve Wright.

The win leaves Upminster in third place, just one point behind Wapping and four adrift of leaders Sudbury at the halfway stage of the campaign.

They are set to travel to Old Southendian this weekend in their last fixture of 2018, then host Harleston Magpies seconds back at Coopers in their first match of 2019 on January 12

Upminster’s women kept their own fine run of form going in East One South with a 4-0 win at Old Loughts.

A fifth successive victory leaves them behind leaders Maidstone on goal difference but with a game in hand.

And they are set to take on Bishop’s Stortford in their last game of the year next weekend (December 15), before a trip to East London in the new year.

The men’s seconds drew 1-1 with Redbridge in East Three South East, but the thirds lost 5-2 against their Redbridge rivals in Division Five.

The fourths drew 2-2 with Redbridge thirds in another meeting between the two clubs in Division Seven, but the fifths lost 3-0 at Crostyx fourths in Division Nine.

The women’s seconds ran out 10-2 winners over Witham in the Essex League Premier Division, the thirds beat Colchester thirds 6-1, the fourths defeated Basildon 5-0 and the fifths downed Old Southendian thirds 6-4.

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