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West Herts take Teddington to extra time but lose on a Golden Goal in the England Hockey Cup
10:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
West Herts came close to causing an upset against Teddington in the England Hockey Cup on Sunday but the National League side squeezed through with a 4-3 win after extra-time.
Teddington came out strong and fast but West Herts were equal to the task and opened the scoring through Jason Mallory before extending their advantage soon after thanks to Aaron Mitchell.
The home side improved greatly in the second half however and turned the game on its head with three goals to take the lead.
West Herts then hit back once more as Mitchell picked up the ball on the baseline before rounding the keeper to make it 3-3 and force the game to extra time.
Dreams of an upset were extinguished as the home side grabbed the decisive Golden Goal to seal victory.
There was some consolation for West Herts however who had beaten City of Peterborough 4-2 in the Premier A Division on Saturday.
The Stags were behind within minutes of the game starting but an equaliser came shortly after as Max Webster played in Iain Gordon to slot home.
Peterborough regained the lead but Aaron Mitchell battled through in the “D” to equalise for 2-2.
West Herts piled on the pressure and a well-worked short corner allowed Dan Webster to drag to the bottom corner of the goal and find Dan Scott at the back post to make it 3-2 before Webster turned scorer, adding the fourth to seal victory.
West Herts Ladies thrashed Chelmsford Seconds 9-1 to go joint top of the East Premier Division on goal difference.
Player of the match Anna Coppel started what turned out to be an eventful first half as Charlie Bartlett extended the lead before Coppel put Herts 3-1 up at half-time.
The home side were controlling the game, but it wasn’t until midway through the second half the floodgates really opened.
Becky Perry scored twice from well-worked short corner routines while the other goals came from Bartlett, Jess Perry, player-coach Harriet Preest and finally Coppel to complete her hat-trick.
The Ladies Seconds lost 2-0 to Shefford & Sandy in Five Counties Premier and the Men’s Seconds went down by the same scoreline away to Ipswich & East Suffolk in Division One.
The Men’s Thirds staged a thrilling comeback but came away with nothing in a 5-4 loss to Winchmore Hill but the Ladies were more successful, beating Sheford & Sandy Thirds 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Kate Derry.
The Men’s Fourths recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Rickmansworth and the Ladies went one better, beating St. Neots 5-1.
The Men’s Fifths lost 5-1 to Letchworth Thirds but the Ladies beat Letchworth Fifths 3-1 while the Men’s Sixths thrashed Bishop’s Stortford 5-1. The Men’s Sevenths were awared a walkover by Southgate Adelaide.
West Herts are holding a Junior Hockey Performance Camp at the end of October.
The Under-16 Beginner Camp is on October 28 and 29 from 10am to 4pm while the Under-18 Performance Camp is October 31 and November 1 at the same time.
The sessions will be held at the New Playing Field on Coningesby Drive in Watford and cost £20 per day for members and £30 per day for non-members.
For telephone bookings call Daniel on 07932 212 048 and general enquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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