Letchworth 5 Colchester 0
East League Hockey
Premier B Division
COLCHESTER suffered defeat away at Letchworth but, with the four sides below them also losing, the status quo at the bottom of the Premier B division was maintained.
Colchester started the game with high hopes of being able to get something out of the game and virtually ensure their position in the division for next season.
Colchester started the game patiently forcing their hosts into having to break them down. Midway through the first half a mistake in the Colchester defence lead to the award of a penalty corner for the hosts. The resultant drag-flick was sent high into the top corner to give Letchworth the lead. One soon became two as another mistake allowed Letchworth the ball on the left. The forward cut in before firing the ball towards the back post for another forward to deflect the ball into the goal. Letchworth had a third goal before half-time to put them firmly in control of the game.
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Colchester had not been playing badly and at half-time called for calmness and to keep pressing on. Colchester had their best spell of the game in the 20 minutes following half-time, defending well, creating chances and winning a couple of penalty corners. However they were unable to find a way back into the match.
In the final ten minutes Colchester lost the composure they had displayed throughout the second half and gifted their host the match. Richard Sexton gave the ball away in the Colchester ‘D’ with the Letchworth forward controlling the ball, before firing into the bottom corner. Then with a little over five minutes remaining Colchester were reduced to nine men. Tim Wright made a tackle in midfield, which the umpire deemed to be a foul, Wright disagreed with the umpire and his protestations earned him a yellow card, with Wright walking off the pitch. Joe Rich made a comment to the other umpire and he was also awarded a yellow card; a card which will see him miss next week’s fixture at home with top of the table Blueharts.
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With Colchester down to nine men, Letchworth completed the scoring with a ball fired in from the top of ‘D’ taking a deflection in front of Jack Gardner in the Colchester goal.
Colchester will be disappointed with the size of the defeat, but will be happy with how they played the majority of the match, but will be hoping they can make that last for the whole match in their next game. Ellisons Solicitors Man of the Match was Richard Sexton for his solid defending.
THE second eleven recorded a two all draw at home against the promotion chasing University of Essex in division 3SE. The third eleven’s hopes of promotion from division 5SE were dealt a blow as they went down 3-1 at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Saffron Walden 3rd XI.
The fourth eleven managed a draw in their top of the table clash with Saffron Walden 6th XI. The draw leaves them third, a point behind second placed Thurrock 3rd XI with a game in hand, in division 8SE.