October 20: Hudson hits five as 3s run riot and Heather’s double inspires the mighty 2s

STEVE Hudson’s five-timer helped Wallingford Men's 3s storm to a dominant 11-1 victory at home to Ramgarhia 2s, while Heather Merryweather scored twice as Wallingford Ladies 2s bounced back to beat Bicester 3-0 at home.

After promising performances in MBBO Division 5, our Men's 3s really hit their stride at the Hithercroft. Jack Garrod also scored a hat-trick, with Ed Jenkins, John Craven and Sam Sweeney adding to our tally.

Wallingford’s Men's 1s suffered a third straight defeat in Regional Division 1, falling to a 5-2 defeat at OMT. Ed Atkins and Connor Blakey scored our consolation goals.

The Men's 2nd team conceded in the last minute when falling to a 3-2 defeat at home to Marlow 3rd. Despite a lethargic start, captain Ben White slapped home from close range. Paul Flavell’s goal was then disallowed for a foot, before Marlow opened up a 2-1 lead. White’s strike from a short corner levelled the match, but desperation set in towards the end and the visitors scored a tap in to claim victory at the death.

Our Men's 4th team moved up to second in Division 8 West, when beating Phoenix & Ranelagh 3rd 2-0 away from home. John Rees scored twice as Wallingford 5th produced a strong display to see off Thame 3rd 5-0 in Division 9. George Potter and Chris Ward also found the back of the net.

Having suffered their first defeat of the season in Division 1 the previous week, Sarah Edwards was also on the Ladies 2s scoresheet in a pleasing performance.

Our Ladies 1st team put in a committed and disciplined display, but fell to a 4-0 defeat at leaders Sonning in Premier 1. The scoreline was harsh on Wallingford, while they competed well to restrict the hosts to their lowest winning margin of the season.

Wallingford Ladies 3s suffered their first defeat in October as they were beaten 2-1 at Phoenix & Ranelagh 2nd in Division 2. Despite a promising start, we conceded first and found ourselves 2-0 down midway through the second half. Wallingford recovered well and Kerry Whitfield, who was benching, reduced the deficit, but we were unable to find an equaliser.

Whitfield, a back to hockey graduate, was also on the scoresheet for the Ladies 4s, hitting the match-winner in a 1-0 victory at home to Slough 3rd in Division 5.