Posted by Nick Hutchinson on 7 May 2019

REWHC Men's Over 40's have been crowned National Tier 1 Champions following a tense 3-1 win over ISCA that was only decided in the final seconds. Roared on by a good size and vocal crowd, Luke Hurle settled early nerves with a fifth minute opener and the same player was later upended leading to a penalty stroke converted by Chris Duerden. Danny Bell pulled off one remarkable save onto the cross bar to preserve a 2-0 half time advantage.

The second half was a tight affair, Rugby also hit the bar and couldn't quite convert any of their penalty corner opportunities. ISCA pulled one back and as pressure and nerves entered the equation, both sides made mistakes but none were capitalised on. With forty seconds remaining, ISCA failed to force a shootout with a final penalty corner attempt, with Rugby breaking quickly and scoring a third through Greg Wade to settle the match.

A close and entertaining match played between two worthy finalists, in good spirit.

Congratulations to the whole squad: Leigh Spacey (c), Danny Bell (GK), John Lumb, Richard Spraget, Chris Duerden, John Naylor, David Odwell, Richard Major, Greg Wade, Chris Graham, Simon Thompson, Luke Hurle, Stuart Morgan, Russ Watling, Alex Watkins, Paul Ryan, Giles Morrison, Paul Nicholson, Kristian Browne (coach), Nick Hutchinson (manager).

Thank you to all the supporters who attended and made such a great atmosphere.

M40 National Champions



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