Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Hockey: Mager delighted at major upset

Colchester 2 v 5 Thurrock 2nds

WITH the men’s section almost at full strength last weekend, the 2s lined up with a team which would rival any side in Division 5.

Colchester had looked at the vast gap between the two teams in the league table, and expected to roll the Tees over, but on the back of his hat trick away to Crostyx last week, veteran Darren Huggins caused early problems for the visiting defence, and opened the scoring after 12 minutes.

Where Huggins goes, Mike Fallows follows, and ignoring his captain’s advice to stay behind the midfield quartet of Jeff West, Dave Everett, Jordan Salmon and Paul Mailey, the new signing drove the ball into the opposition’s D uninvited, needing only one chance to open his Thurrock account.

Colchester replied with a goal from a short corner when the Tees defence seemingly forgot to look after the right hand post.

Much discussion took place at half time concerning the threat which at least two of the visiting players could pose should they be allowed to play to their full potential, but the 2s totally dominated their opposite numbers in the second half, so much so that Colchester’s main threat could be seen sitting on the bench scratching his bald head in bewilderment at what was happening on the pitch.

Huggins added another two, and Jeff West lifted the ball sublimely into the net for his first of the season, and Thurrock’s fifth.

The visitors did manage a break away consolation, but for all their efforts could take the game to the dominant Tees.

Skipper Keith Mager said afterwards that his team should now be looking at getting within striking distance of the promotion places, and a win at old rivals Old De Ferrians on Saturday would see us fly up the table.

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