Defeat for St Albans first teams as Vets miss out on final date

Briony Anyon forces a save from the keeper

Briony Anyon forces a save from the keeper - Credit: Archant

St Albans Hockey Club’s ladies suffered a narrow defeat in their final home league game of the season – going down 1-0 to Sevenoaks.

The result leaves St Albans in sixth position in the Conference East table of the Investec Women’s Hockey League.

They travel to Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday in their final league game.

Elsewhere there was disappointment for the ladies vets who missed out on a place in the national Over 35s final after a well-fought battle at Canterbury which saw the Kent team win the semi-final 4-1.

The goal from Julie McConnell was not enough to keep up the Tangerine’s fantastic cup run which included wins against Chelmsford, Bedford and Wimbledon.

Back in the league the 3rds enjoyed an end-to-end 3-2 victory against Brentford at Oaklands.

The home team went 1-0 down in the first minute of the game but came back with goals from Sarah Mobbs, Lou Akers and Vanezza Zabert.

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The 2nds drew 1-1 with Bromley and Beckenham after Annie Barratt beat the keeper with an assist from Chloe Joarder.

In the men’s section there was defeat for the first team who went down 3-1 to Old Loughts. The result moves their opponents above Saints into third in the East League Premier A Division.

The 2nds though came away with a point after drawing 2-2 with Reading while the 4ths beat Hertford 4-2.

The 5ths drew 1-1 with Bedford, the 6ths and 7ths both won 1-0 against local rivals Harpenden and Stevenage respectively and the 8th team won 2-1 against Shefford and Sandy.

In the junior section of the club the Boys U12s have won the Chiltern League Premier Division and also qualified for regional finals which will take place in April.