Promotion dreams dashed for St Albans Hockey

Mark Lowden drives forward against Wapping. Picture: CHRIS HOBSON

Mark Lowden drives forward against Wapping. Picture: CHRIS HOBSON - Credit: Archant

St Albans Hockey Club men saw their promotion dreams dashed by the width of a post.

The top of the table East League Premier A Division game against Wapping ended 1-1 in front of a vibrant crowd at Oaklands.

Unable to convert their early dominance into goals the Tangerines fell behind just before the break when a Wapping penalty corner deflected off a defender’s stick into the net.

A spirited fightback saw David Williams equalise in the second half but the St Albans promotion dream faded as their last ditch penalty corner agonisingly hit the post.

Meanwhile, the ladies returned to winning ways with a glorious team display at Chelmsford.

With captain Ellie Watton returning from international duty, and getting herself on the scoresheet, St Albans ran out 4-1 winners.

Emily Panniers, Hayley Payne and Sarah Embrey grabbed the other goals.

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