ST IVES Hockey Club returned to action after the summer break with the first of two weekends of friendly matches ahead of the league re-start on September 23. Preparation was not ideal as many players were unavailable, leading to the sides fielding something well short of anticipated first choice line-ups. St Ives 1sts 1 Letchworth 2nds 2 The men's first team were denied by one of their own as Letchworth took the spoils, with university-bound Alex Slater guesting as goalkeeper for the visitors who were unable to provide a keeper of their own. Slater was beaten early on as Mark Clinton's cross-shot was deflected home by Mark Sibson, but from then on he continued to defy his team-mates with a string of saves as the firsts failed to make their first-half domination tell. Letchworth grabbed an equaliser from a penalty corner, then a winner as the home defence, short of several regulars, failed to get as tight as it could have done to visiting forwards. Letchworth 3rds 0 St Ives 2nds 2 SAINTS' second string braved a disrupted journey down the A1 to record an impressive win. There was barely time for St Ives to sort out team formation and tactics after a late arrival, yet a dream start was achieved with teenage winger Peter Holland converting a half-chance at the far post. Saints wasted several further chances before Richard Corbett flicked home to confirm victory early in the second half. Letchworth 5ths 1 St Ives 4ths 7 FOUR second team players dropped down to help Saints record a comfortable victory over a weak Letchworth outfit. Teenage midfielder Chris Bollom caught the eye with his first senior hat-trick, with further goals from Adrian Speed, Richard Corbett and two from Howard Weir completing the scoring.