Hockey: Crostyx women alone at top of East One South after win at Folkestone Optimists

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2017

Crostyx celebrate a Sarah Belsham goal against Folkestone Optimists (pic: Crostyx HC)

Crostyx celebrate a Sarah Belsham goal against Folkestone Optimists (pic: Crostyx HC)


A round-up of the latest matches involving Crostyx teams

Crostyx Hockey Club’s ladies first team sit in second spot on goal difference alone in the East Division One South after a commanding showing in a 4-0 win at Folkestone Optimists at the weekend.

The ladies had to face the challenging conditions provided by Storm Brian and made the most of the first half wind advantage to move 3-0 ahead at the break despite the hosts battling.

Coach Simon Blockley was delighted with the win considering many regular squad members were unavailable.

“Another great performance from the squad, made even more impressive with many regular squad members unavailable,” he said.

Crostyx broke the deadlock when Sophie Smith’s side slip pass to Kat Hawes was fired into the D for Laura Abbott to pick out Mia Birchall who finally put the ball past the keeper.

One soon became two with Hawes involved again as she picked out Maddy Green and she smashed the ball into the Folkestone D for Sarah Belsham to slot home.

Crostyx keeper Oli Thorogood had to be at her best to keep the hosts out on several occasions, and they increased their leading margin when a fine individual move from Lucy Leel who dribbled the ball out from the back, beating five defenders before firing home.

After the break Folkestone continued to create opportunities, but were unable to make the most of them and Crostyx ensured the journey home would be a winning one when Belsham netted her second of the game.

The ladies second team kept up the winning run with a 3-1 success over Colchester and the thirds smashed eight past Witham without reply with the help of hat-tricks from Suzy Haven and Gill Woods.

The women’s thirds thumped Witham 8-0, with Suzy Haven and Gill Woods both netting hat-tricks in the scintilating rout for Crostyx.

Meanwhile, the men’s first team edged past Berkhamsted 2-1 thanks to goals from James Buckingham and Joe Hall, but the seconds lost out 4-1 to Saffron Walden.

Nathan Moscow’s double and one for Conner Love helped the thirds to a 3-1 win over Redbridge & Ilford.

The fourths, however, lost 2-0 to Havering.

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