Berkhamsted sides start the year in style with a hat-trick of wins

Molly Beard hit a hat-trick for the Berkhamsted ladies' first team in a 4-0 win over Shefford and Sandy
Molly Beard hit a hat-trick for the Berkhamsted ladies' first team in a 4-0 win over Shefford and Sandy

Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club made a good start to 2014 with three wins for their top teams.

The men’s first team moved up to fourth in their league with a comfortable 8-2 win, while the ladies’ first string won 4-0 and find themselves in a three-horse race for promotion.

The men’s seconds had a straightforward win against lowly Welwyn and they are now nine points clear of third place in the race for promotion.

The ladies’ and men’s third teams both had draws but can consider themselves unlucky to not get wins, while the ladies’ second side lost a tough top-of-the-table battle with a strong Bedford side.

The men’s fifth XI lost 1-0 to Rickamansworth, while the men’s fours were defeated 5-0 by an impressive Bishop’s Stortford side.

The men’s first team went into their clash with Southgate Adelaide eager to get 2014 off to a flying start.

And they were quickly into their stride, racing into a 6-0 lead before half-time courtesy of a brace from and Ollie Bowman, as well as strikes from Simon Royal and Pete Allam, and two own-goals.

Adelaide hit back with two goals in the second half, but Berkhamsted were never in trouble and made sure of an 8-2 win with further efforts from Allam and Bowman.

The ladies’ firsts, meanwhile, enjoyed a convincing 4-0 win at home against Shefford and Sandy.

The home team dominated the match throughout and midfielder Molly Beard scored a stunning hat-trick to earn herself the player of the match accolade.

Abi Lawlor scored the remaining Berko goal with a neat finish from close range.

The men’s seconds beat Welwyn Garden City 3-0 with second half goals from Alex Macindoe, Julian Laxon and Oli Love, while the ladies’ twos lost 5-1 to Bedford despite a goal from Mel Morton.

Ed Goodwyn got the goal for the men’s thirds in a 1-1 draw with Welwyn, while the ladies drew 2-2 against the same opposition.