Hockey: Walden need one point for promotion after Crostyx win

PUBLISHED: 18:21 22 March 2012

Rob Hartle in action for Walden

Rob Hartle in action for Walden

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WALDEN need one more point to secure promotion after results went their way at the weekend.

A Ben Wells double helped the team to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Crostyx on Saturday, while league leaders Old Southendians and third-placed Wapping could only manage draws.

The win moves Walden onto level points with Old Southendians (although they have an inferior goal difference) and needing just a single point from their final two games – starting in the re-arranged fixture with Bishop’s Stortford at home on Saturday – to win promotion from NE14 Div 2N.

After dropping points in recent weeks, it was a must-win game for the hosts, and they started the game with high tempo, forcing Crostyx onto the back foot and creating several chances early on.

That pressure eventually told as captain Andy Boyd – who had already gone close – unleashed a magnificent shot with gave the keeper no chance.

Full of confidence Walden pressed for a second but were denied by some excellent defending or the chances went agonisingly wide. It wasn’t until Tom Greig scored from close range that they got their just rewards. The second half was much the same story with Walden eager to get a third but Crostyx’s staunch defending keeping them out.

But two quick-fire strikes from Wells put the game out of reach for Crostyx.

The win leaves Walden’s promotion hopes very much in their own hands. They host Bishop’s Stortford on Sunday, 1.30pm start.

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