Berko firsts get back on track with a gutsy win over Luton Town

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The season has been a long one so far for the Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club men’s second XI, but they made a flying start to 2016 as they look to get their campaign back on track.

After multiple promotions over the previous seasons, they have struggled in the lofty heights of an almost entirely first team league, however that all changed this weekend with an impressive 3-2 win against the Luton Town first team.

Man of the match Kieran Baxter had a great game alongside the good performances throughtout the team as they secured a well deserved victory.

Another men’s performance worthy of mention came from the fourth XI as they drew 2-2 against Potters Bar. In the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, Berko lost 7-1 which demontrates the impressive turnaround.

Elsewhere in the men’s section, the 3s had a very tight 2-1 defeat away at Luton 2s, while the first and fifth teams had less competitive results in their games as they both went down 5-1.

The ladies’ firsts, however, started the New Year in impressive fashion with a 4-2 win against Broxbourne, while the ladies’ 2s continued where they finished in 2015 with a comfortable 3-0 win against Bishop’s Stortford. Player of the Match was Leanne Keatley for her well taken brace of goals.

The ladies’ 3s lost out to Rickmansworth 2s in a tight game, and the ladies’ 4s were very unlucky to lose 2-1 against an experienced Stevenage side. Berko had the best of the game, but just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

Results: Ladies 1s’ 4-2 Broxbourne; Ladies’ 2s 2-0 Bishop Stortford; Ladies’ 3s 1-2 Rickmansworth; Ladies’ 4s 1-2 Stevenage; Men’s 1s 1-5 Upminster; Men’s 2s 3-2 Luton Town; Men’s 3s 1-2 Luton Town; Men’s 4s 2-2 Potters Bar; Men’s 5s 1-5 Broxbourne.