HOCKEY: Southend & Benfleet hosted East London 4s and were beaten 5-2.

The home side got off to a great start with a goal in open play from skipper Chloe Syvrett.

By half-time East London had managed to equalise.

In the second half East London caught S&B napping as they scored an easy goal straight from the pushback. East London then went 4-1 up. Southend & Benfleet fought back and player of the match Rachel Jeffery scored from a penalty corner. Southend & Benfleet had a few more chances but failed to score and it was down to East London to score again in the last two minutes to increase the gap to 5-2.

S&B’s second team were beaten 4-2 at Wapping 6s at the Lee Valley Olympic Park, despite two goals from Georgia Middleton.

Kerry Payton was named player of the match.

However, there was success for S&B’s 3s who won 2-1 at Brentwood Academy.

The game was late in the day and many of the players were thinking about their evening plans but were determined to get another win.

Within the first half of the match, S&B conceded as two of Brentwood's midfielders charged down the pitch and slipped a goal past keeper Fran Bates.

But S&B didn't let their heads drop and came back fighting fit for the second half.

Within minutes a short corner was awarded and captain Claire King whacked their first goal in.

Mia Edwards then followed up with a second goal but defence in this game was key and that is why Rachael Blades was awarded player of the match for making lots of great moves to stop Brentwood's players.

S&B’s 4s were also celebrating as they beat Chelmsford 8s 4-0.

Southend & Benfleet began to dominate the match half way through the first half when they began to spread the ball a little wider, giving themselves more space in the middle.

Towards the end of the first half a great goal chipped in the net by Liv Rutter put S&B on their way.

The second half was very much one-way as chance after chance was created with the two attacking inside half players, Anna Tutton and Niamh Onslow linking up well with the centre midfield of Charlotte and Aileen Smith.

As the second half went on there was concern that the finish was not quite going to happen.

Yet in the space of 10 minutes three quick tap ins from Codie Rowney, who was voted player of the match, made sure the honours went to the home side.