HOCKEY: OLD Southendian men’s first team fought back twice to beat Ipswich's first team 4-3, with two late goals completing a dramatic and deserved turnaround.

After falling behind to an early counter attack, the home side began to assert their control over possession.

A well worked passing move found Billy Taylor at the top of the D, and his shot on the turn was helped over the line by Giles Davies for the equaliser.

Davies added a second from a short corner just after half time, giving the Old Boys a 2-1 lead.

Despite their dominance, the home side could not double their advantage, and Ipswich fought back well.

A quick-fire double from a short corner and a first time deflected finish gave the away side a 3-2 lead.

Ipswich were gifted several chances to seal victory, but were unable to take any of them, helped by several key saves from John Hawke in goal.

And once the Old Boys re-established their control on the game, the chances began to flow again for the home side.

Two short corner goals in the final ten minutes from Davies put the home side 4-3 up, and they remained composed to see out the victory and move up to fifth place in Prem ‘A’, ahead of their trip to table toppers Norwich next weekend.

Southendian seconds made it five wins from five with a 5-1 win against Braintree.

Liam Peoples and Callum Liddell both scored twice while Josh Copeland was also on target.

The third team also took the win they deserved, beating East London 3-0 but the fourth team lost 3-2 at unbeaten Redbridge & Ilford.

The fifth team fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Chelmsford’s sixth side.

Phil Herrtage scored twice and Mark Elvidge added the other.

The ladies first team beat Upminster thirds 4-3 to make it five wins out five.

Southendian fought back from 1-0 down to triumph with Sami Da Costa scoring twice.

Anna Cooper and player of the match Sarah Carter also scored.

The ladies second side had to settle for 2-2 draw against Upminster’s fifth team while the third team lost 4-1 at home to rivals Southend and Benfleet fourths.