Double late-goal drama sees Eastbourne share the spoils

Two late goals salvaged a deserved point for Eastbourne Hockey Club as theyshared the spoils in a six-goal thriller against West Hemptead on Saturday.

The day didn’t get off to the best start for David Adelston’s men as one of their cars broke down on the way to match and, once underway, they found themselves 2-0 down by half time.

Despite dominating play, the visitors were soon 3-1 down and, with just five minutes to go, it looked as if it wouldn’t be their day.

However, Eastbourne rallied and scored twice late on to secure the 3-3 draw and the point that their efforts more than deserved.

Adelston said, “We were by far the stronger side but we just couldn’t score. It was a little bit frustrating because we were dominating but they were scoring break-away goals.

“In the end, we were delighted to draw because it looked like it just wouldn’t go for us.

“The guys did really well and thoroughly deserved more than a draw.”

This weekend, Eastbourne host a London Wayfarers side who finished second in the Premier Division last season.

However, they have yet to display that same form this time round and currently loiter at 11th in the table - four places below Eastbourne.

Adelston said, “ Normally London Wayfarers are a very good side and if you’d asked me before the season, I’d have said they were favourites to win the division.

“You don’t know what goes on behind the scenes , change of players, change of personnel.

“We’ll be making a few changes for the match but it all depends on availability on the day.”

Eastbourne Men’s 2s won 5-1 against Hailsham Men’s 1s and face Middleton and Bognor Men’s 1s this weekend.

Ladies 1s face Surbiton Ladies 2s after defeat to London Wayfarers Ladies 1s last week.