Penalty woe for battling Hockey Club vets

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Although a home tie, the match was played at Chelmsford on Sunday, with the result – Jersey’s first early exit for at least five years – meaning their national cup future now rests in the plate competition which starts in January.

Favourites Richmond were dangerous down the right through Alex Chiang and Dave Patel and matters were made worse when Jersey lost left back Jonathan Morley-Kirk through injury.

Richmond led after 20 minutes when a Mark Precious strike at a penalty corner took a deflection, giving ‘keeper Paul Duckworth no chance.

But with defenders Jan Collins, Richard Ward and Paul Milton limiting Richmond’s chances, Jersey were unlucky not to equalise before half time when Rob Hurry placed a shot just wide.

The Jersey side, sponsored by Investec, took control in the second half, and they equalised ten minutes into the half.

Good work by Peter Taylor and Hurry resulted in a penalty corner, with Taylor scoring at the third attempt.

Paul Masterton, Taylor and Conrad Evans controlled midfield and the best chances for a winner came from the right, where Ward linked with Peter Taylor, and used the pace of Nick Taylor on the right wing.

A number of penalty corners were won, but not converted.

Evans and Hurry both had a chance to seal the match, but Richmond defended in numbers to force the game into penalty strokes.

Paul Duckworth, Paul Masterton, Nick Taylor, Paul Milton, Richard Ward, Jonathan Morley-Kirk, Rob Hurry, Julian Gale, Peter Taylor, Conrad Evans, Jan Collins, Mike Sill.

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