Canterbury Hockey Club suffer defeats as men and women lose to Reading at Polo Farm
Mel Clewlow on the ball for Canterbury
against Reading Picture: Paul Dennis
Canterbury Hockey Club were left disappointed in their National
Premier Division double-header against Reading at Polo Farm on
Previously unbeaten Canterbury Ladies missed the chance to open
a four-point gap over second-placed Leicester after they slipped to
a 2-0 defeat against their third-placed Berkshire visitors.
Elizabeth Hunt opened the scoring inside a minute and Elspeth
Cockburn sealed the points seven minutes from time.
The city club do have a seven-point cushion in the race for the
top-four play-off places with four games left.
Canterbury’s men suffered a 8-1 defeat to the same club at Polo
Farm later in the afternoon.
Michael Farrer equalised with a penalty corner conversion after
13 minutes to cancel out a seventh-minute opener from Craig
However, Canterbury were level for less than 60 seconds as Chris
Newman put the visitors back in front.
Jonny Codling made it 3-1 on the half-hour and seconds before
the break, GB star Richard Mantell added a fourth.
The fifth came from a Peel penalty-corner two minutes after the
restart, while another GB stalwart, Jonty Clarke, made it 6-1 on 53
Newman grabbed his second 10 minutes from time before Peel
completed his hat-trick to take Reading a point above the city club
and into second.
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