Six wins out of seven for high-flying Berkhamsted sides

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Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club recorded an excellent set of results at the weekend, with six out of their seven league games ending with victories.

The results leave the Berko sides in strong positions, with five of the club’s eight teams challenging for promotion.

Hariette Holderness was player of the match for the Berkhamsted ladies' first team in their win over Aylesbury

Hariette Holderness was player of the match for the Berkhamsted ladies' first team in their win over Aylesbury

Arguably the result of the weekend came from the men’s development team who romped to an emphatic 6-0 win over Letchworth.

Elsewhere in the men’s section, the first team beat league leaders Stevenage to keep their promotion challenge on track.

The second XI remain top of the league after a straightforward win over Broxbourne, while the third team find themselves just four points off a promotion place after a 3-1 win against second-placed Letchworth.

The ladies’ seconds enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win over Royston, and the ladies’ first team beat Aylesbury 5-2 to maintain the promotion dog-fight with Harpenden and Stevenage.

The ladies’ third squad were the one blemish on the weekend, but the young team battled hard in defeat at top of the table Blueharts.

It was business as usual for the men’s first string as they continued their blistering start to 2014 with a crucal 5-3 win at Stevenage.

Berko made a quick-fire start to the game and soon found themselves 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Duncan Hodges and Pete Allam.

Stevenage responded well and hit back with two goals of their own to level things up, before the hosts took the lead early in the second half.

Berko were not to be denied the win, though, and Allam turned on the style to bag a further three goals to secure the points.

Elsewere, the seconds beat Broxbourne 4-0 with efforts from Roger Payton, Nick Burles and Whitby (2), while the thirds had Paul Dubenski, Tom Moorhouse and an own goal to thank for their win over Letchworth.

The development team’s goals came from Ben Moorhouse (3), Oli Johnson, Tom Kemplem and Andy Prentice.

The ladies’ first team had Harriette Holderness, Molly Beard (2), Claire Barrett-Mold and Hannah Prentice to thank for their win over Aylesbury, while Anna Macklin, Mel Morton and Paula Wilson did the damage for the seconds.