Three wins and five defeats in difficult weekend for Berkhamsted

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After last week’s unbeaten heroics, Berkhamstead & Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club came back down to earth with a bump at the weekend – winning three and losing five of their matches.

The good news is that the men’s first team continued their resurgence with a gutsy 3-2 win at Broxbourne.

Despite falling behind, it wasn’t long before Berko drew level through a neat Duncan Hodges scoop.

Simon Royal slammed in a short corner to give Berko the lead, but with just a few minutes to go Broxbourne levelled with a dubious penalty flick.

The visitors were not to be denied the win, though, and snatched the points courtesy of a deflected strike from Nigel Edwards.

The ladies’ second XI, meanwhile, beat promotion challengers Saffron Walden to climb up to second place in their league, and the ladies’ third side continued their winning ways with a 2-1 victory at Letchworth.

The seconds went in 0-0 at half-time, but got the job done with goals from Poppy Lloyd and Anna Macklin, while the thirds fought back from 1-0 down thanks to efforts from Patricia Steed and Becca Bowman.

Elsewhere, the ladies’ first team lost 3-1 to Stevenage, and the men’s seconds were beaten 3-1 by Blueharts.

The men’s thirds were edged out 5-4 by St Albans, while the fourths went down 6-2 to Blueharts and the fifths were thumped 7-0 by Stevenage.