Hockey: East London men in five-star show

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 October 2017

A new hockey season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A new hockey season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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East London’s men kept their unbeaten start to the East League Division One season going with a 5-2 home win over Cambridge Nomads.

Freddie Goddard put the visitors in front, but back came East London as Jonathan Ogle slammed a drag flick high into the corner of the net, before a cool finish from Joe Balouu Green put the hosts ahead at half time.

The visitors levelled matters in the second period, before a quickfire double from Andrew Cumine and Guy Paul put East London in command again, before Ogle secure the win with another flick.

The second team got their first win of the season with a 4-2 success over Crostyx.

They did it the hard way, though, coming from 2-0 behind as Steve Canwell’s short corner initially reduced the arrears.

Nick Ivory levelled matters at half-time, before Karl Khan scored the best goal of the season yet and man of the match Jelmer Block steered them to victory when scoring from a short corner.

Dom Ellis’ effort proved in vain as the fourths lost 2-1 at Havering seconds.

They trailed 2-0 at half-time and despite a second-half improvement and Ellis’ strike from a short corner, they were unable to find a leveller.

The fifths drew 1-1 at home with Colchester seconds, but the sixths picked up a 2-0 win at Chelmsford sixths, a side that had not lost a game since December.

The victory was enough to keep East London top of the table and, despite a slow start, the Chelmsford goalkeeper had to be on top form to keep the visitors out.

A trademark Jamie Rosser short corner gave East London the lead, and it proved third time lucky for Marc Bull who doubled their advantage going into half-time.

Chelmsford came back in the second period, but East London defended well to pick up another clean sheet as James Lennard hit a post and Hiren Amin volleyed wide at the other end.

In an action-packed encounter, the sevenths won 7-3 over Chelmsford fifths with the scores tied at 3-3 after the first period.

East London came out fighting in the second half and eventually strolled to victory.

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