Hockey: British Airways 2 Eastcote 3
A YOUTHFUL Eastcote side beat British Airways 3-2 in the last game before the Christmas break to squeeze back into second place on goal difference in the Middlesex, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Regional League.
Peter Thomas, Bart Bedet, Stephen Riddleston and Alex Stobbart, all products of the youth academy, made a big contribution as the Boars swapped places with BA although they are still eight points behind leaders Milton Keynes.
Eastcote also welcomed back Austin Pritchard after a two-month absence through injury and they started strongly as usual with Adam Mulholland opening the scoring with a short corner drag flick, only for BA to equalise soon after.
The midfield then started to take control and Stobbart put the hosts ahead again but BA made it 2-2 just before half-time. Both sides had chances after the break but with 10 minutes to go Stobbart grabbed the winner.
Ian Sadler grabbed a last minute equaliser after Chris Sleaman's earlier effort as the second team drew 2-2 with Gore Court.
The third team enjoyed a 4-1 win at West Hampstead thanks to a hat-trick from Gabriel Emery, another product of the youth system, and there were wins for the Simbas, Eagles, Eighths and Past Masters.
On Saturday there are rearranged games for the Past Masters, sevenths and a controversial fixture between the Simbas and British Airways II that the league decreed must be rearranged and starts at 1.30pm at Kings College Road. LADIES
Teddington III 1 Eastcote II 4
EASTCOTE II were the only ladies team in action as a result of the poor weather and they kept up their winning ways with a convincing win 4-1 win over Teddington III.
Meg Williams, only recently back from injury, put Eastcote in control with a first half brace and converted twice more after the break to claim all four goals.
Promising U16s Emily Reed, Libby Brookes and Becky Rawlinson all played well to help Eastcote seal vistory which kept them second in the Middlesex Premier league.
* Old Uxonians Ladies scored seven times before Ashford IV grabbed a consolation in the final league fixture of the year.Liz Laird (4), Alison
Callaghan, Lisa Kinder and Laurie Tostevin scored while Jo Verity was their best player as Uxies ended 2008 on top of Middlesex Division Four.