The Sils men’s first team travelled to Streetly on a very pleasant Saturday and started brightly with good work from James Clapham and Chris Ready down the right, enabling Jamie Glynn to be picked out on the top of the D to instantly turn and rifle an unexpected reverse-stick shot into the bottom corner.
A few minutes later it was 2-0, Glynn again the scorer. This time it was with almost the exact opposite of finishes, deftly deflecting the ball over the keeper from a Conor Jones snapshot.
The Copt Heath side then took their foot off the pedal a little and turned over the ball a little too easily, meaning they did not add further to their lead.
As the second half started, the third goal was always going to be crucial. If Streetly scored, they would have a sniff of a very unlikely victory.
However, five minutes in, it was Glynn’s turn to be provider with a clever turn and pass across the D, for Andre Tchakhotine to notch the first of his three goals.
With the Sils upping the pressure, they won a series of penalty corners. Streetly defended the double drag-flick threat from Dan Sulway and Glynn, but the Sils cleverly mixed up their routines to first allow Clapham to score from close range and then for Glynn to complete his hat-trick by thundering home a straight strike into the bottom corner.
With 15 minutes to go, and shortly after Streetly had scored their consolation goal, it was time for Tchakhotine to complete his hat-trick. His second, and the team’s sixth, came from another left-wing move, which resulted in him tapping in at the far post. His third came from some flowing hockey.
A comfortable victory now means that a win at 2pm at home on Saturday will ensure the Sils are Divisional Champions with four games to spare.
The ladies’ first team lost 1-0 away to Stone, while the men’s second and third teams recorded important wins.