Mixed Trophy & Plate Finals Review

Mixed Plate 2015 Champions Reading

Harleston Magpies became Mixed Trophy Champions for the second time, with Reading lifting the Mixed Plate to add more silverware to their impressive season in the National Cup Competitions.

Match reports from all eight games over the weekend can be seen below.

Saturday Matches

Mixed Plate SF 1 – Dereham 3 Eastcote 2

The first game was a close affair with Dereham coming back from behind twice to take the win.

Eastcote took the lead in the 16th minute through Kevin Haigh but Dereham were quick to reply with a goal in the 17th minute from Will Edwards. Haigh grabbed his second from a penalty corner to re-assert the lead before the break.

The second half started with both teams having opportunities to score but both goalkeepers made outstanding saves. Will Dewing for Dereham broke the resistance to even the scores at 2-2 and then in the 69th minute, Dereham Captain James Lavers scored the winner to take his team through to the Sunday's Final.

Mixed Plate SF 2 – Formby 2 Reading 2 (Reading won 7-6 on Penalty Strokes)

A penalty stroke competition decided the winner of the second semi final of the Mixed Plate. Formby took the lead early in the first half with a penalty corner strike from Conner Capper.  Reading replied before the break to go into half time 1 -1.

Intensity increased in the second half and Formby were awarded a penalty stroke which was neatly converted by Nick Giles. The Northern outfit seemed set to make it to the final but Reading were awarded a penalty stroke when the ball hit the body of a defender on the goal line. Rob Farrow converted the stroke and the final score was 2-2, taking the game to a penalty shootout. Both teams scored all five taking the game to sudden death. The first round was converted but the hero was Reading’s Goalkeeper Gary Noble who saved Formby’s seventh stroke to take them in to the finals.

Mixed Trophy SF 1 – Hampstead & Westminster 1 – Harleston Magpies 3

Harleston Magpies sealed their place in the finals of the Mixed Trophy with a win over Hampstead and Westminster. The Magpies took the lead early on with a penalty stroke from Andrew Bedwell. Despite Hampstead's best efforts to equalise, the score remained the same at half time.

The second half continued to be end to end with both goalkeepers, Jonny Dodds and Matt Collinge, making excellent saves. Bedwell scored his second following a penalty corner in the 60th minute. This lead to Hampstead pushing forward in search of a goal, opening the door for Harleston to counter attack. Toby Price drew the keeper to the right side and neatly crossed for Simon Hipwell to neatly slot home.

Hampstead and Westminster continued to strive for that elusive goal and were rewarded in the 67th minute when Carl Smith’s penalty corner strike hit the backboard. However, this was Harleston Magpies' day, and they sealed their place in the Trophy Final.

Mixed Trophy SF  2 – Bedford 2 Horsham 1

In a tight first half these two competitive teams were well matched but could not break the deadlock, despite both having opportunities to score. Horsham were unable to take advantage when Bedford went down to 9 players in the closing minutes of the first half following a brace of yellow cards.

It was Bedford who took the lead early in the second half when Alex Drummond scored a penalty stroke. Both teams again went down to 10 players and Bedford were able to take advantage with Drummond scoring his second.

Horsham replied straight away from the restart, Joseph Humphries was on target for the Sussex side.  This was the final goal of the game and despite Horsham pushing for that equaliser, Simon Dolan in goal for Bedford kept them at bay to seal his side's place in the final.

Sunday Matches

Mixed Plate 3/4 Playoff - Eastcote 2 Formby 5

Formby took third place in the Mixed Plate thanks to a Nick Giles hat-trick. He opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-worked goal from open play. Formby then applied the pressure and scored three goals in the space of 10 minutes from Connel Capper, Sam Mackerall and a second for Giles. With no reply from Eastcote, the score was 4-0 going into half time.

For the second half, Eastcote responded and Kevin Haigh pulled one with a penalty corner strike and followed with a field goal three minutes later. Eastcote continued to push forward, but Formby soon re-established  their cushion when Giles scored his third and final goal of the game.

Mixed Final - Dereham 3 Reading 3 (Reading won 4-2 on Penalty Strokes)
A last second goal from Reading saw them clinch a draw, which took them to a penalty shootout for the second time in the weekend, this time to decide the Mixed Finals Plate Competition.

Reading took the lead in the fourth minute with a goal from Huw Kimber which was followed up just three minutes later by another from Rob Farrow. Dereham were swift to reply with a goal from CJ Edwards and the game went into half time at 2-1.

Dereham began to dominate much of the play in the second half with a fantastic solo effort by Captain James Lavers to level the score. As Reading began to tire, Georgie Edwards tipped in penalty corner for Dereham to nudge them in front, 3-2. As the crowd began the 10 second countdown for end of the match, a defensive error from Dereham lead to a last effort by Reading and Captain Alys Richard’s shot crossed over the line just as the final hooter went to send the game to penalty strokes. 

Dereham were first in to go in the penalties but Will Dewing’s effort was saved by Reading goalkeeper Gary Noble and Ali Parkes scored his for the Berkshire side. Both teams went on the score their second and third efforts, however Noble saved the fourth Dereham effort which left Tommy Alexander to score for Reading and win the Mixed Plate Competition 4-2 on penalty strokes.

Mixed Trophy 3/4 Playoff - Hampstead & Westminster 4 Horsham 5

A penalty corner on the final whistle secured Horsham’s third place in the Mixed Trophy. As the temperature increased at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, so did the tempo of the game. Hampstead were awarded a penalty stroke in the first five minutes when the ball hit a Horsham foot on the goal line. Captain Jonny Witt scored confidently but it was Horsham who dominated the first half with goals from Freddie Campbell, Joseph Humphreys and Louisa Denman, the latter striking a half volley into the roof of the net. 

At the half time break, Horsham led 3-1. Hampstead came back in the second half with Greg Howard scoring in the opening minutes and Daniel Humphreys followed this up on the 50 minute mark to tie the scores at 3-3.

This continued with both teams having opportunities to score but it was Greg Howard of Hampstead and Westminster who converted from a penalty corner to break the deadlock. Horsham did not give up and it was Steph Dent who scored the equaliser just five minutes later.

The last eight minutes were played at furious pace as both teams sought the winning goal. Both goalkeepers, Jonny Dodds of Hampstead and Andrew Isaacs of Horsham had made crucial saves from penalty corners. It looked like the game was going to go to penalty strokes but it was the Sussex side who had a chance going into the last seconds of the game when they were awarded a penalty corner.

With the 70 minutes now complete, ten Horsham players surrounded the D for the penalty corner. Ian Browne’s deceptive strike slipped past the Hampstead goalkeeper and Horsham has secured victory.  

Mixed Trophy Final - Harleston Magpies 3 Bedford 0

A goal for Toby Price and a brace for Andrew Bedwell were enough to secure the Mixed Trophy for Harleston Magpies in the final game of the day at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Both teams started cautiously in the opening minutes of the game until Bedwell opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a well taken penalty corner.  Harleston continued to press the Bedford defence and Price scored shortly before half time. 

Bedford came out fighting after half time but were continuously denied with some good goalkeeping from Harleston’s Matt Collinge. As players began to tire in the heat, frustrations arose and yellow cards were issued with both team temporarily reduced to 10 players. Bedford almost took advantage of their extra player with Simba Chigwada and Dan Mason both close to scoring.

Harleston took advantage of Bedford pushing forward and in a counter attack move that drew keeper Simon Dolan, Maria Andrews’ shot hit a Bedford defender in the goal mouth and a penalty stroke was awarded. Bedwell stepped up to score his second and the third goal for the Norfolk club.

Bedford, in a last throw of the dice, substituted their goalkeeper to give them eleven outfield players, in pursuit of scoring that elusive goal. However, they were unable to convert their chances and Harleston Magpies took the title for the second time in their history.