Hockey: Students handed a lesson

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Hockey Association. . .8

London University . . .0

LONDON University, strengthened for the occasion, were still outclassed by a strong Hockey Association side, with a resemblance to what would be an England reserve line-up, in their annual fixture at Milton Keynes yesterday, writes Bill Colwill.

Penned in their own half for long periods, London conceded the first goal in the ninth minute, Phil McGuire scoring from the HA's second penalty corner. Bob Crutchely, McGuire again and Des Betts, all from penalty corners, followed up for an interval 4-0 scoreline. In between the HA forwards missed as many again and in addition London's goalkeeper, Simon Noakes, made a series of brave saves.

Second-half goals came from Colin Cooper, Betts and Crutchley with Matthew Cross completing the rout as the HA side took it in turns to torment the London defence.

HOCKEY ASSOCIATION: J Barrow (Hounslow); M Kirkland (Slough, capt), R Crutchley (Hounslow); P Nail (Havant), K Takher (Cannock), A Degun (Barford Tigers); M Cross (Havant), J Pidcock (Cannock), P McGuire (Teddington), C Cooper (Havant), D Betts (Harborne). Substitute used: S Organ (Slough).

LONDON UNIVERSITY: S Noakes (UCL); A Thompson (Kings); T Turner (Kings, capt), M Monro (UCL), G Lewis (SOAS); N Murray (West London Inst), K Naseen (Royal Free Hosp); S Shukla (UCL); B Goffinet (UCL), M Le Huray (Royal Holloway), D Hill (Kings).

Umpires: T Kelleher and S Pal (SCHUA).