Jersey make advances on the national scene

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Putting their loss in the EH Cup (a competition open to 1st XI teams from all EH affiliated clubs) firmly behind them, Jersey achieved a convincing win against the Kent-Sussex South Regional League team.

Captain Bill Aston was satisfied with his side’s performance and said: ‘We gave a good account of ourselves and came through a potentially tricky tie well.

We have a few things to work on and will need to finish off a few more of the chances we create, but the season is certainly going well and our hard work is showing in the results.’ Despite starting the match in Kent brightly, Jersey failed to capitalise on their early pressure.

Mark James caused problems for the Marden defence, who had their goal-keeper to thank after a good save from a Mark Dicker drag-flick.

Jersey made their mark after 30 minutes when Dicker dummied his drag-flick, picked up a return pass and finished calmly to give his side a 1-0 lead.

They went 2-0 up in the second half when a precision pass from Peter Millar found Robin Le Quesne, whose powerfully struck reverse-stick shot was unstoppable.

Jersey looked to be cruising but Marden pulled one back following a Simon Watling challenge which led to a penalty flick being scored.

But Jersey continued to press and were rewarded with a goal as Nathan Maguire and Dicker combined well before the ball reached Tom Millar, who scored with a flick in off the post.

Jersey dominated possession for the remaining seven minutes to secure victory.

They now face Crostyx Hockey Club, who currently lie second in Division I of the East Hockey Men’s League, on 18 November.

The Harrods Trophy is for 1st XI teams in the upper regional divisions, but an EH-affiliated club can also gain entry as directed by the England Hockey Competitions Committee.

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