Hockey: Leadenham men win vital win in survival bid

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Men’s East Div 3NW

LEADENHAM HOCKEY CLUB FIRST XI 2

BOURNE DEEPING SECOND XI 1

With one fixture left to play after this weekend and relegation a possibility for the Leadenham team, this was a must-win match.

The home team were slow to start and Bourne hit the front, converting a penalty corner.

Leadenham responded shortly before the half-time whistle when Charlie Cade passed the ball to Ian Sanderson who slotted home the equaliser.

The second half was a struggle for the hosts with two players leaving the pitch injured.

After a quick reshuffle, Leadenham were back on top, dominating possession, and the breakthrough finally came when Jack Ashton converted a penalty corner to give them the lead.

The final minutes were tense for the Leadenham side as Bourne continued to attack, but they held on for a precious victory.

Ian Sanderson worked tirelessly throughout the match to earn the man-of-the-match votes.

Ladies East Div 4NW

SKEGNESS 4

LEADENHAM LADIES 2

A tough match at the coast for the Leadenham ladies saw Skegness score two early goals in the first half.

Emily Smith and Sarah Taylor replied for the away team to draw the sides level, but Skegness responded with two further goals.

Leadenham keeper Kate Price was awarded the player-of-the-match award following a strong performance between the sticks.

Thanks to all the umpires and club sponsor Mid UK Recycling.