Hockey: Allberry’s double keeps Tunbridge Wells on top of the pile

Hockey: Tunbridge Wells recover from poor start to extend lead at top

TUNBRIDGE WELLS Men made it three wins from three to stay on top of South Premier League Division Two after an intensely fought battle with EH Trophy winners Blackheath.

In the first half a well-organised home team moved the ball better than Wells – and were two goals to the good midway through the half, one from a penalty corner and one from open play.

It could have been worse for the visitors had James Harris in the Wells goal not managed to get the faintest touch with his stick to a penalty stroke to deflect it on to the post.

Despite a couple of notable absentees, the visitors showed resilience to get through this difficult period and finally started to assert their style of play.

They deservedly pulled a goal back just before half time as Ben Allberry fired home at the end of a well-worked corner routine.

This goal buoyed Wells and the second half saw them play some of their best hockey of the season. The deficit was soon wiped out as captain Jack Garwood found the net at the end of flowing move.

Wells then took the lead as Allberry notched his second goal, forcing a cross first time and high into the Blackheath net.

It was his seventh goal already this season, putting him at the top of the scoring charts.

The visitors then shut out the game, but were indebted to two more fine saves from man of the match Harris as the home side pressed hard in the final 10 minutes.

Wells now have two successive home games at Tonbridge School, starting this Saturday against mid-table Trojans (1pm start).

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