Old Silhillians Hockey Club enjoyed a hugely successful weekend at senior and junior level with results securing a promotion, a league championship – and some much-needed relief for teams battling at the wrong end of their leagues.
The men’s first team have been the team to catch all season in the West Midlands Premier division.
So it was no surprise when a mid-table Sikh Union Coventry side led by a former Sils coach came out fired-up and hoping to inflict Sils first league defeat of the season.
Sils struck first with top-scorer Jamie Glynn converting Jamie Clapham’s assist but Sikh Union hit back to level before half time.
Sils then found their top form to score four unanswered goals, though, delivering the comfortable win they’d hoped for.
Glynn got a second from an old fashioned penalty corner strike, then wing back Salman Whittaker snuck forward to tap in at the far post followed by Conor Jones’ first goal for the club. Player-coach Dan Sulway applied the final touch with a routine penalty corner drag flick.
The win means the team are now guaranteed second place and promotion to the Midlands Hockey League next season as well as only needing one point from their next three games to clinch their second league title in four years.
The second and third teams both travelled to struggling opposition in need of wins to aid their survival chances.
The second team dispatched Streetly 9-1 with goals from every corner of the pitch – Adam Kent (two), Nick Oppenheimer (two), Mo Hadian (two), Andre Tchakhotine, Tom Watson and James Ball.
Stand-in keeper Steve Aylin made sure Streetly were denied any sniff of an upset by saving comfortably when the home side were awarded a penalty stroke.
The third team put 11 past a struggling Tamworth with a hat-trick each for Gareth Dawes and Steve Leonard.
The men’s fourth team returned to their pre-Christmas form to earn a draw and a welcome point against top-of-the-table West Brom.
The ladies’s first team lost 4-0 to Warwick, probably the strongest opponents they’ve faced this year.
Khe ladies’ second team went two points clear at the top of their with four games left as an own goal and strikes from Jess Lawton and Clara Miles saw off Berkswell & Balsall Common.
The club’s development teams were also in action.
The Under-16 Lions boys beat Market Harborough 4-1 in Saturday’s late push back slot while the ladies’ third team won 4-3 at Warwick University on Sunday.
The boys Under-14s were denied their league title, losing 6-3 to fellow championship contenders Telford & Wrekin.
But the Under-14 girls saved the best for last as they were crowned Midlands champions with victories over Harborne and Worcester.