Friars cook up hockey masters success

The successful Chichester team

The successful Chichester team

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Chichester Friars completed a second league and cup double in three seasons at the Wessex Masters cup finals day at Haslemere Hockey Club – but only after a nail-biting finale.

Two goals from Bryan Locke and a third from Tracy Boyce saw them ease past last year’s cup winners Salisbury in their semi-final and set up what proved to be a pulsating final with Warminster-based West Wilts.

The free-scoring Friars had been in superb form in their league campaign, racking up 106 goals in just 18 games, including a 6-0 thrashing of their Wiltshire rivals just two weeks previously.

As has been seen so often before, league form often counts for nothing in the tension of a cup final.

In normal time Andrew Savory and Locke again found the net for the Priory Park outfit – but these were matched a West Wilts side in determined mood.

After the first battery of five penalty stokes ended 4-4, the sides moved to sudden death. With the score at 7-6 the nerve of their opponents broke, leaving the Friars team to celebrate a second double.

The free-scoring Friars had been in superb form in their league campaign, racking up 106 goals in just 18 games.

Chichester’s other veterans’ team, the Deacons, also qualified for the finals day from their league, but found divisional champions Andover too strong in their semi-final.