RUTLAND’s men’s and ladies’s sides recorded excellent wins as the hockey league returned to action after the big freeze
The men helped themselves to six goals against a Dereham 2nd side that beat Rutland 5-0 earlier in the season, while the ladies swept aside Sawtry with a 4-2 victory.
Rutland’s men went close several times before David Booth opened the scoring and once Dereham’s centre-forward was sin-binned, Rutland took control.
Booth completed his hat-trick before half-time with one strike a wonderfully deft deflection following a superb pass from Will Gwyther. Another could have been added before the break, but substitute Alex Hammant contrived to clear the crossbar after beating the keeper.
Booth’s fourth, shortly into the second period, effectively killed the game off before Marcus Parsons added a fifth and Alex Hannant the sixth.
Dereham pulled two back in the second half as Rutland took their foot off the gas.
Rutland ladies began with a lightning pace, threatening from the start.
Sawtry survived an early let off when Rutland hit the post but it didn’t take long for Rutland to break the deadlock with Anne Pollock giving the team a deserved lead.
Sawtry came straight back, however, equalising through their first shot on goal after a couple of Rutland errors around their own D.
Rutland ladies restored their lead when Kim Cooil’s goalbound effort was stopped illegally on the line and Rachel Richardson converted the resulting penalty stroke.
Back in front, Rutland pushed their forwards higher to create more space in midfield and Annie Chan took full advantage, scoring Rutland’s third and fourth.
Sawtry nabbed a late consolation in the final minutes.
Rutland: Ben Chew, Simon Cooper, Richard Pollock, James Grant, Harry Robertson, Ben Harford, Owen Evans, Marcus Parsons, Gareth Clarke, Will Gwyther, David Booth, Alex Hammant.
Rutland ladies: Charlotte Brooks, Katie Richardson, Kim Cooil, Lilly Hives, Aimee Blay, Sarah Sissins, Anne Pollock, Rachel Richardson, Ellie Ricketts, Harriet Crennell, Izzy Chedd, Annie Chan.