Men’s fourth team lead the way with a perfect ten

Molly Beard bagged a brace for the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club ladies' first team against Aylesbury
Molly Beard bagged a brace for the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club ladies' first team against Aylesbury

With five from eight games, Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club can look back on another satisfying weekend.

The men’s second XI and ladies’ first team continue to lead the way but the performance of the day came at RAF Halton from the men’s fourth side.

The young development team – half of whom are 13 to 15-year-olds – ran Hertford ragged with an excellent display of flowing hockey.

The team included 13-year-old Joseph Devey in goal, who equipped himself very well between the sticks.

The men’s thirds, meanwhile, continued to impress against the odds with a 3-0 win against Cheshunt II.

The ladies’ firsts played their part in arguably the most entertaining game of the day as they beat Aylesbury 5-3 in a high scoring encounter.

Berkhamsted started brightly and took a deserved lead after a neat finish from Claire Barrett-Mold, but Aylesbury hit back to level the scores before half-time.

Player of the match Molly Beard then took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring two and setting up one for Anna Macklin.

Aylesbury kept battling and scored from a short corner before Barrett-Mold added her second goal, and Aylesbury completed the scoring with a consolation third.

The win maintains Berko’s unbeaten start to the season following promotion at the end of the last campaign.

The men’s seconds’, meanwhile, beat St Albans 4-1 with goals from Oli Love, Paul Whitby Julian Laxon and Roger Payton.

The men’s fourths thrashed Welwyn Garden City 10-1 as man of the match Jake Alderson led the way with a hat-trick and Ben Moorhouse (2) Roger Macklin (2), Andy Prentice, Dom Peachey and Ed Holderness completed the rout.

The men’s thirds beat Cheshunt 3-0 and the fifths beat Southgate Adelaide 5-0, but the first XI went down 5-3 to Welwyn Garden City despite a brace from Peter Allam and a diving effort from Oli Bowman.

Elsewhere, the ladies’ second side lost 6-1 to title rivals Bedford, while the thirds were beaten 5-1 by Saffron Walden.

> Pic - Molly Beard bagged a brace for the ladies’ first team against Aylesbury