Hockey: “Defensive Hero” lives up to his name and helps BBCHC’s Mens 1st keep a clean sheet

Doug Macklam reports on last weekend’s matches. Tomorrow, the Mens 2nd XI are home to Bloxwich (12.30 pushback) and the Ladies are home to Warwick (15.30 pushback). The Ladies match is a promotion decider against the league leaders. Games are played at the the Westwood Astros, University of Warwick.

Berkswell's 1st XI - picked up from where they left off

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Hockey: Berkswell falter attempting to snatch top spot

Berkswell's 1st XI - picked up from where they left off

Doug Macklam reports on the weekend’s matches:

Mens 1st XI: Nuneaton 1 – BBCHC 0

Berkswell entered this hotly anticipated top of the table clash at Nuneaton knowing a victory would put the fate of the East Midlands Division 2 title in their own hands, with anything less leaving them relying on Nuneaton slipping up somewhere else in the final run-in.
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Hockey: Berkswell resume league success after icy vigil

Berkswell's 1st XI - picked up from where they left off

Report on Berkswell’s return from Iceland, from our man on the ground, Doug Macklam:
Mens 1st XI
Derby Asterdale 0 v BBCHC 7 (Oliver Stuart-Smith 4, Martin Cross 2, Andy Livingstone)

With captain Martin Stevens absent, it fell to vice captain Doug Macklam’s task to lead out Berkswell’s defence of top spot and their undefeated league record in East Midlands Division 2 after a three week break enforced by snow and frozen pitches! The team needed little rousing, given the side’s passionate focus for maintaining their rarefied position and went into the game un-phased by changes to the usual line up including Tom Ranner drafted in to support Simon Tite in central midfield and Martin Cross filling in at left half.

Berkswell had Asterdale pinned in their own 25m right from the start, successfully intercepting all their attempts to escape the danger area, such that it was only a matter of time before Oli Stuart-Smith opened his account, hammering the ball from the top of the D into the bottom corner. The second soon followed as Stuart-Smith slipped the ball to the left for Martin Cross to undercut the ball into the opposite top corner, whilst leaving defenders mesmerised, goalkeeper flailing and entire defence mesmerised and awestruck at the pin point accuracy and power of shot.
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Hockey: Top of the table Berkswell rampant against previously unbeaten Worksop

Doug Macklam reports on Berkswell’s round of matches played on Saturday (20th November 2010):

Mens 1st XI (Saturday league game)

BBCHC (5) (Oliver Stuart-Smith 4, Martin Stevens) beat Worksop (0)

Top of the table Berkswell played host to the only other undefeated team in MRHA East Midlands Division 2 on Saturday. And visitors Worksop found themselves up against an in-form and heavily supported Berkswell brimming with confidence off the back of their 14-0 victory the previous week. Worksop seemed overawed by the situation as Berkswell set about them early on with the sort of vigour and passing skills you might find more akin to an AFC Barcelona outing.
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Hockey: Berkswell’s demolition derby day in Long Buckby

Doug Macklam reports on a full-house of weekend triumphs for Berkswell’s rampaging hockey section, with four wins from four matches:

Mens 1st XI
Long Buckby 0 – BBCHC 14
Berkswell scorers: Oliver Stuart-Smith 6, Robby Wells 2, Andy Livingstone 2, Rob Whisson 2, Martin Stevens, Simon Tite

Stop Press! Livingstone scores, not once but twice! [Unbelievable scenes apparently – Ed]

League leaders Berkswell and Balsall Common travelled to Long Buckby for a late afternoon match hoping for a good win to set them up for the club social that night.  However it was a slow start from the visitors and it was Buckby who almost took the lead in the early exchanges. But the Berkswell defence of Rich Haines, Dom Herring, Doug Macklam, Martin Cross and the returning Nick Turner stood firm at the back and allowed keeper Steve Cross a lazy game in which he didn’t touch the ball!
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