S&S win again to lead table at halfway stage

Shefford & Sandy Hockey
Shefford & Sandy Hockey

A below strength Shefford & Sandy Mens 1s continued their good form with a 3–1 victory at local rivals St Ives.

Chris Fell was again on target with a brace and Danny Price scored the other goal. At the halfway point in the season S&S are three points clear of second placed Norwich City and very well placed to continue their push for consecutive promotions.

S&S IIs were definitely involved in a game of two halves, beating Cheshunt IIs 3-1.

After a scratchy first few minutes the IIs suddenly clicked and produced 25 minutes of some of the best hockey they have played so far this season. Chris Joannou showed his versatility by moving into the forward line and scoring twice.

S&S completed their show of dominance in the first half with a third, a great deflection by Steve Brookes fell into the path of Lewis Bridger who finished clinically.

The second half saw a shell shocked Cheshunt recover their poise to put S&S under pressure. All the short sharp passing of the first half went out of the window as too much running with the ball and gung ho passing overtook the S&S game.

Cheshunt deservedly pulled a goal back, but fortunately for S&S, keeper Dom Wright continued his good form in goal and the defence lead by skipper Dan Robbins were mostly able to snuff out any further threats.

Defender Jake Danson and Bridger were the joint man of the match.

The Mens IIIs’ 100% record was finally lost with a 1-0 loss at Hertford. S&S dominated the first half, but despite a number of short corner opportunities they were unable to convert. The second half was a much more even affair, with opportunities for both sides. With only a few minutes left Hertford breached the S&S defence to take all the points. S&S remain top of the table by quite some margin and are well placed to push for promotion in the new year.

An under strength S&S IVs were unable to produce the cohesive hockey that had underpinned many of their performances in the last few weeks and lost 4-1 at home to Hertford VI.

Despite having the better of the early exchanges and some early good chances for S&S, it was an increasingly confident Hertford side that started to take the upper hand and not long before half time they took the lead.

The loss of James Pearce up front early in the second half left the side imbalanced and without a target outlet. Hertford took advantage of this and upped the pressure and collected a second.

Despite skipper Trevor Bridger reducing the arrears with a bizarre goal, the run of the game remained with Hertford and they completed their second half dominance with two more goals.