Hockey: Tunbridge Wells Men are crowned champions

Pam Mills

HAVING already secured back-to-back promotions Tunbridge Wells were crowned champions of South Premier League Division Two at Guildford with a game to spare – not leaving it to the final game of the season as they did last year.

The hosts, who had contested a well-fought draw earlier in the season, themselves had an outside chance of making the top two.

Wells converted the first real chance when James Beck’s aerial found Harry Roberts at the edge of the D. He took the ball down and beat a defender and then the goalkeeper superbly.

Wells began to take over, with Chris Smith, Chris Pelmore, Connor Poulain and David Hemsley running the game from the back.

Ben Brandt soon scored a second, turning in a loose ball after the goalkeeper had saved James Beck’s drag flick from a penalty corner.

In the second half Wells continued to dominate and their third goal was well deserved. Beck showed excellent skill down the right, took the ball into the D and passed across the goal for Brandt to turn in his second of the game.

Two further goals from Mitch Hawksbee and Jack French ensured a resounding victory for Wells with a final score of 5-0.

Next season Wells will move up to South Premier Division One, a level at which the club have not played for more than two decades and just one tier below the National League.

In the final match of the season, rearranged from March 3 because of snow, Wells will host Wycombe on Saturday, April 7.

Tunbridge Wells Ladies 1st XI’s game against Holcombe was postponed until after Easter because Holcs had too many players taking part in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast).

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