Promotion secured for St Albans men in the Super Sixes
- Credit: Chris Hobson
St Albans men finished second in their England Super Sixes indoor hockey league – giving them promotion to Division One next year.
Despite handing Harleston Magpies their only defeat of the round-robin tournament in Bristol, Saints ended just behind the Suffolk outfit.
Victories over Fareham (6-5) and Ashmoor (8-4) were countered by defeats to Bournville (4-3) and Cheltenham (4-2).
It was still enough to take the Tangerines up to the second flight, where they will face West Herts among others next season.
The club had further success with their mixed outdoor team who beat Essex University 15-0 in the first round of the Mixed Cup on Sunday.
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There were hat-tricks for Andy Tyler and Josh Rose; Hayley Payne, Scott Apps and Maddie Davies scored twice each with Emily Panniers, Simon Clapham and Ranjit Sehmbi grabbed the others.
In league news, the ladies first team drew 1-1 in a friendly with Buckingham while a goal from Jo Martin also led to a 1-1 draw for the 2nds against Old Loughtonians.
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The 3rds beat West Herts 5-1 while the 4s won 1-0 against Saffron Walden.
The men’s teams also fared well with a 4-2 win against Guildford for the 2s, a 3-2 win against Surbiton for the 3s and a 4-2 victory against Vauxhall for the 4s.
The 6th team successfully fought hard for three points in a 3-2 win against Bedford while the 7ths drew 3-3 with Berkhamsted.
The 8s won 5-1 against MBDA and the Praetorians celebrated a 3-2 success against Surbiton.