Students dish out a lesson to Harpenden

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HOCKEY: THE students of Cambridge University proved to be no dunces on the hockey pitch as they dished out a lesson in opportunism. Indeed, it was Harpenden who were left feeling blue as they conceded four entirely avoidable goals, yet were only able to put one away at the other end.

Skipper Tom Bunbury said after the game: “It was a terrific effort from the lads. If I put the four goals we gifted them to one side, which you can’t, then in many ways I think it was one of our best performances this season, and it was certainly enjoyable against a very good side. I was very pleased with the organisation, and for the most part our ability to move the ball quickly, both short and long, left and right. We need to build on this against Dereham next week.”

At the start, defenders Muddy Waters and David Jefferys were about as popular as a graduate tax as they put in monumental shifts harrying, tackling and denying the students. However, unlike the current government, Harpenden soon found a seam of generosity for the undergrads, kindly donating several goals to the Fenlanders.

For Harpenden, performances of note included the young defender James Evans, who again proved his growing status as a star for the Whites, with a quality display. In addition seasoned campaigner David Falk finished off a fine flowing move with a tasty slap shot to bag Harps solitary goal.

After the game the skipper said: “I took a punt on some youngsters today and they look to be ready for this level of hockey.

“This season has almost run its course now so I’m pleased we have come through this period intact and with some new blood in the side. We have one game to go, we will get out there and enjoy it, then the hard work starts over again as we prepare for the new season.”

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Elsewhere in the club there was better news for the Mens IIs, who clinched the Division 4SW title with an emphatic 5-1 win over Hertford IIs. Goals from Ali Arnsby, Al Clark, Simon Cain plus a brace from veteran Fraser Tant gave the Lilywhites their 16th win of the campaign, and their 11th in 12 matches.

Skipper Kevin Moxham said: “It’s great to return to Division 3 at the first attempt. Without question this is the proudest moment in my hockey career.

“It’s now a case of looking forward to performing at a higher lever and seeing whether we can win Division 3. It’s a big ask, but with the squad I have here, its entirely possible.”

With the Mens IIIs needing one win from three remaining games to win Division 5, and the IVs and Vs comfortably mid-table in their respective leagues, it has been a highly successful season Harpenden outfit.