Six of the best for unbeatable Berkhamsted

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Cracking performances from all their teams saw Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club put together an unbeaten set of league results over the weekend.

They recorded six wins and two draws, making it the best weekend the club has had so far this season.

The two stand out performances came from both the men’s and ladies’ third teams; The ladies took the next step in their development and won their first game, while the men were outstanding in a pulsating 5-4 win against top of the table Bedford Vets.

Katie Hedge notched both goals for the ladies’ thirds in a 2-0 win over Milton Keynes, and the men fought back bravely from 1-0 down at half-time to see off Bedford with three goals from Mark Robinson and one apiece from Will Hanwell and Ed Holderness.

The men’s first team, meanwhile, built on last week’s convincing win at West Herts with an equally-impressive 5-1 drubbing of Bedford.

Duncan Hoddges helped himself to a brace, with Ollie Bowman also netting a double and Pete Allam adding his name to the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, the Berko ladies’ first team came through their hardest test of the season so far with a hard fought 2-1 win away at Harpenden.

Harpenden took the lead from a short corner, but Berko’s response was immediate. Hannah Prentice crossed from the right wing and Faye Potton won a mighty tackle in the D before sweeping her shot home.

The game was very open with both teams creating chances, but it was Berko who emerged victorious as Claire Barrett-Mold smashed a short corner into the back of the net to give her side the points.

The men’s second XI beat St Albans 2-0 courtesy of goals from Paul Dubenski and Simon Kaye, while Mel Morton ran the show as the ladies’ seconds thrashed Rickmansworth 6-0.

The men’s fourth side, meanwhile, drew 2-2 with Royston and the fifths drew 4-4 with Hertford.

On Sunday the men’s firsts were in action again – this time in a pulsating cup match against Southend which ended in 3-3 draw before Berko lost out 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Allam (2) and Hodges had put Berko 3-1 up before they were pegged back by a gutsy Southend side.