Jim Hockley hat-trick helps Cambridge South set sights on top spot
Berkhamsted win makes it three in a row
Jim Hockley hit a hat-trick for Cambridge South as they moved to within three points of the top of East Men’s League, Division 2S thanks to a 4-2 win over Berkhamsted.
South started well and hit the post twice, but fell behind to a well-executed drag-flick from Berkhamsted.
They were level when Harry Chalk deflected in a drag flick, and it stayed 1-1 at half time.
Berkhamsted went 2-1 up early in the second half, but Hockley turned things around with two goals in two minutes, first deflecting in Paresh Parsot’s powerful ball and then producing a tidy finish after a good team move.
Hockley completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time to give South their third win in a row ahead of a visit to leaders Crostyx this Saturday.
Cambridge Nomads let slip a 3-1 half-time lead to be beaten 4-3 by Bishop’s Stortford in Division One.
Martin Hamon scored two and Jack Franklin got one in a good first-half performance from Nomads, but after an injury shortly before half time they lost their concentration somewhat.
Honours were shared in the Cambridge South derby in Division 4NW as the club’s second and third teams drew 1-1.
James Menzies’ slick first-half penalty corner goal, set up by Jon Mann, gave South II the lead.
But South III were level after Ash Dookun finished off good work by Dom Nelson and James Mathews.
South II were left to wonder what might have been after Owen Harrison’s reverse stick strike went just over Matt Saint-Gower’s goal while they were leading 1-0.
An early start upset Cambridge Nomads II as they lost 1-0 at Peterborough VI in 4NW.
Chris Snow opened the scoring for Cambridge Nomads III as they withstood a bombardment to draw 1-1 with top-of-the-table Kettering III in 6NW (S).
Simon Jelley’s penalty corner goal was enough to maintain Cambridge South IV’s unbeaten run in Division 6NW (S).
But the 1-1 draw with Ely City II brought an end to their 100 per cent winning record.
Ely went ahead at the start of the second half and their keeper kept them in front with a spectacular save from Toby Watson’s penalty corner drag-flick.
But Jelley volleyed home at the back post to earn South a draw.
Adrian Granger Brown shrugged off a suspected broken finger to score for Cambridge South V as they drew 1-1 with St Ives V.
South had the majority of the possession and chances but could not find the finish to give them the win their approach play deserved.
Granger Brown got their goal, while at the other end, volunteer goalkeeper James Piper put in an impressive performance in his first game in the pads to earn the man-of-the match award.
Cambridge City retained top spot in the Men’s Investec Hockey League, Conference East with a 5-2 win at Old Georgians.
Brennan Alexander Parker scored a hat-trick and Darren Cheesman and Euan Gilmour got one apiece.