Epsom: 4 (W.Hunt 3, Midmer)
London Edwardians 2s: 2
Will Hunt was again in lethal form as Epsom secured a hard-fought 4-2 win against London Edwardians at Old Schools Lane, a result which saw them guarantee promotion to the South League next year.
Epsom began the day needing a win to stay ahead of a pack of five sides chasing three promotion spots. As in the reverse tie, London Edwardians generated very slick ball movement and were lively in midfield, forcing Epsom to work very hard off the ball from the start. Both sides created some early chances before Epsom took the lead when Tom Neve forced a turnover and played in Will Hunt, who shrugged off the Edwardian’s centre-back, rounded the keeper and slammed home. Edwardians kept coming and soon equalized with a fine move going right to left before playing in a forward who drifted right and fired home a rasping drive across James Tuck. 1-1 at halftime and a very even game.
The second-half started badly for Epsom as Edwardians worked their way in down the left baseline; Joe Lazell came across to cover but his tackle was adjudged an immediate penalty stroke and yellow card. Epsom old-boy Ben Hildrey converted for Edwardians from the spot for 2-1. Straight from the restart Epsom equalized with a slick team goal; Jack Marfleet, Tom Neve and James Midmer combining to find Will Hunt steaming in to deflect high into the roof of the net. 2-2. Epsom then saw another man sin-binned to go down to 9 men, but they weathered the storm and went 3-2 up when Midmer deflected home a short corner routine. Once ahead, Epsom set their shape much better to counter Edwardians and created several counterattack chances, with James Hunt and Will Hunt both going close at short corners. Just before the close a brilliant reverse pass from Will Hunt played in Marfleet who ran half the field (slowly), saw off two covering defenders and played the irrepressible Hunt back in for his hat-trick and a 4-2 win.
From a promotion perspective; results elsewhere went Epsom’s way with the side now guaranteed to finish in the top 3. The league title remains wide open however with both Purley and Bournemouth winning and within range. Epsom’s next two games are Purley away and Bournemouth at home, all support welcome for two very important games.
Epsom HC is looking for new players to join. We run eight Men’s teams and six Ladies teams, with something for all ages and abilities and a full programme of summer hockey. This year was our first at our new pitch at Old Schools’ Lane, which is a five minute walk from Ewell West train station. We would love to have you if you are thinking of a new club for next year. Contact Menscapt.email@example.com to get involved…