Hockey: Allberry’s old magic helps Wells hang on to top spot

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

FOLLOWING victory against their closest rivals Maidstone last time out, Wells had a much needed three-point buffer at the top of the table. 

Wells started strongly, winning a string of short corners, and took the lead courtesy of Ben Brandt, improvising at the breakdown of one of these corners.

The visitors could not build on this early lead and a drop in intensity saw Old Bordenians gain a foothold in the game, taking the score to 1-1 at half-time.

Tunbridge Wells emerged for the second half with a renewed sense of impetus. Sharper, slicker passing and playing with greater intensity the away side started to retain ball possession and control the game. 

Their reward came 15 minutes into the half following a trademark Ben Alberry run into the circle from the left channel. 

The forward rolled back the years, beating numerous defenders before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner to regain the lead for Tunbridge Wells.

As the second half wore on the game became stretched and OB once again fought their way back into the contest.

An exquisite lob tied the scores following a broken down short corner, and matters could have got worse for Wells were it not for multiple smart saves from goalkeeper James Harris. 

Wells still sit at the top of the South League’s Kent & Sussex Regional Division One, three points clear of Maidstone who have a game in hand.

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