Staines is massive for new coach Cornell

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New first team hockey coach Rob Cornell is eyeing victory against midtable Staines at the Saffrons tomorrow (Saturday)

Cornell has taken charge of the firsts after former GB Olympic hockey coach John Royce parted company with Eastbourne.

Royce laid down some firm foundations for the Eastbourne youngsters but found travelling from his home in Kingston Upon Thames, combined with his hockey coaching commitments at St Bedes, was too much.

Cornell has now taken the first team role and will work closely with team boss David Adelstone to secure the club’s future in the Southern Premier League one - the highest level of hockey ever achieved in Eastbourne.

Last Saturday the men lost an exciting encounter 7-3 to an experienced Old Georgians side.

Cornell’s young chargers went 3-1 down but bravely fought back to 4-3 .

The had three chances to draw level including a Jeremy Sumner blaster that smashed into the goal keeper’s helmet before ballooning over the bar.

Old Georgains pressed on and added a fifth and scored two more as Eastbourne left gaps in defence as they chased the game.

Andy Edwards (2) and Jeremy Sumner were on target for the firsts.

Team boss David Adelstone added, “It was a very good performance and the scoreline sounds worse than it was. We had three great chances to pull it back to 4-4 but just couldn’t take them. The shot from Jeremy must have left quite a dent in their keeper’s helmet. It was really fizzing.”

Meanwhile the seconds recorded a narrow victory against Hailsham firsts at the Saffrons in Sussex division one. Pat Skinner scored the only goal of the match. Tomorrow (Saturday) they welcome Horsham II to the Saffrons (1.30pm)

In Sussex division two the men’s thirds were hammered 6-3 by Horsham. The thirds are in action tomorrow (Saturday at the Saffrons at 3pm) were they face St Francis.

The Veterans enjoyed an interesting encounter at Chichester on Sunday. The were 5-0 down with 20 minutes to go. The clawed it back to 5-4 before eventually going down 6-5. Kevin Williams (3), James McKay and Andrew Robinson bagged the goals for the Vets.

Sweet success against Honeybees

Honeybees 0,

Hailsham Ladies 3

Newcomers Honeybees made it hard for Hailsham with their old style hockey, but it was only minutes into the game that Hailsham took the lead through a well worked penalty corner which Katie James struck.

Hailsham dominated the half and increased the lead through another penalty corner the scorer this time being Toni Bray.

The second half continued much in the same way with Hailsham moving the ball nicely and creating some good goal scoring opportunities only one of which Sue Cable managed to convert.

Honeybees barely bothered the Hailsham keeper, but on the odd occasion Julie Abson was up to the job if the defence hadn’t already dealt with the attack.

Toni Bray took the POM award for some fine tracking back and well-timed challenges.