School comes first for Ipswich kids

MEN'S HOCKEY: Ipswich East Suffolk will be without a couple of their promising teenagers when they take on the might of Crostyx tomorrow. Defender Ian Swallow and forward Tim Caston have an Ipswich School commitment which prevents them travelling to Woodford Green, but Kevyn Brown is now fully fit to return.

IPSWICH East Suffolk will be without a couple of their promising teenagers when they take on the might of Crostyx tomorrow.

Defender Ian Swallow and forward Tim Caston have an Ipswich School commitment which prevents them travelling to Woodford Green, but Kevyn Brown is now fully fit to return.

With four games left, the Rushmere-based side need at least seven points to lift themselves out of the relegation zone in Premier Division A of the Printwize East League, but it will be a tough ask against the former national league outfit.

Despite the fact they pulled off a shock victory in the cup earlier in the season, IES were soundly beaten at home and although Crostyx are unlikely to lift the title, it is not mathematically out of the question and they will be aiming to complete the double.


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Goals from Gavin Cole and Guy Whiting enabled seconds to pull off an excellent 2-0 win at home to Norwich Union and the resilient side will be hoping for a similar result at St Neots.

The thirds are well clear of relegation despite a narrow 2-1 defeat by Crostyx thirds, with Ian Suckling on target but they face another tough test against Saffron Walden.

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The fourths, whose game fell foul of last Saturday's sudden snowstorm, are away to Romford thirds while the fifths completed their league season with a 2-1 success at Brentwood sixths with Robin Weston and David Walsh scoring the goals.

Divisional winners Crostyx fifths, with an average age of around 20, were brought down to earth by Chris Hatch's sixth team, whose average age is more like 50.

Goals from Barrie Whelpton and Tom Grant secured a remarkable 2-0 triumph and tomorrow they will aim to repeat that feat against Romford fourths.

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