Spencer And Blues Stay Ahead Of The Pack

Spencer and Blues kept up their blistering pace with two comfortable wins that set them apart from the chasing pack.

The runaway leaders hammered an under-strength Hitchin side 16-1 while Blues beat a weakened East Grinstead 14-1.

Bristol kept up their winning ways with a narrow, but crucial, 8-7 triumph over Purley – their second single goal victory on the bounce.

Spencer keep purring along and Joe Darkins was the dark destroyer with six goals up front while Tom Leahy was in total control at the back.

“Great to get another win on the board and a potentially tough fixture out of the way. Hitchin usually present a tough test. We played well but they didn’t have the numbers and we ran away with it,” said co-captain Rob Holmes.

“The work being put in at training is paying off and we scored some great team goals. Darkins and Leahy were the stand outs. We are looking forward to Reading this weekend but need to maintain the focus and keep this winning run going.”

Hitchin skipper Rhod Stanford was philosophical about the defeat as the Hertfordshire side fielded a string of 2nd teamers in their line up. They were competitive at the face and hustled throughout but Spencer’s transition game was irresistible.

“It was an incredible display of ball movement,” added Stanford. “If we’d had a full team out I’m not sure we would have put a dent in their transition game. From save or defensive GB to transition to goal was rapid.

“But we did well considering. My targets were to score 1 and concede less than 20. I spoke to all the guys afterwards and they all had a fun afternoon.”

East Grinstead were on the end of another bruising to Blues whose skipper Dave Cluney said: “They were under strength but a lot of credit should be given to Tony Joseph for maintaining a strong fight throughout what was obviously a difficult game for them.

“As a result of numerous absences they really struggled to get involved and we took advantage of that from the very beginning. We had moments where we didn’t play anywhere near as good as I know we can, but ultimately we did enough to get the job done comfortably.”

Hampstead hit 20 goals past Reading, who also travelled with a depleted line-up. Johnny Moore grabbed five and Alex Adler weighed in with four.

Naoki Takamizawa was dominant at face off for the Men in Black who moved clear in Q2 after a tight opening quarter.

“Reading did travel light but competed well throughout the game,” said Hampstead’s Dennis Tobin. “We played some impressive lacrosse but getting a settled line up is proving difficult this season.”

Purley are cursing the close calls that have left them second bottom in the league. They have pushed teams but only have the one win to their credit and suffered an agonizing defeat to Bristol.

“It was a close game that came down to a very fine margin. Bristol’s goalie had a great game and proved the difference in the closing minutes as we put them under pressure,” said captain Dave Copple.

“We’re all disappointed to lose, but the difference in scores from the start of the season shows the progress we’ve made, and I was proud of how the guys bounced back from last week’s defeat to put in a much improved performance.”

Welwyn’s game against Hillcroft was  postponed.

 

Results

East Grinstead 1 – 14 Blues

Hampstead 20 – 8 Reading

Purley 7 – 8 Bristol Bombers

Spencer 16 – 1 Hitchin

Welwyn P-P Hillcroft

 

Fixtures

Bristol Bombers v Welwyn (1:00pm)

Hampstead v East Grinstead (1:00pm)

Hillcroft v Hitchin

Spencer v Reading

Blues v Purley