Trojans ladies seconds should be full of confidence for Saturday lunchtime’s crucial South Women’s League Division 3B promotion showdown with Guildford at Broadwater School.
They go into the match that will probably decide third place in the table – behind title contenders Surbiton and East Grinstead – on the back of a decisive 5-0 win over Teddington.
Bella Slawin’s sixth goal of the season from a short corner gave Trojans a lead, which Kat Petch doubled.
Trojans’ third before half-time was a real eye catcher – a sensational finish by Jemima Spurr, who smashed an upright reverse stick finish into the roof of the Teddington net.
A second half brace by ten-goal top scorer Sarah Shaw completed the scoring.
Fareham eased the growing pressure on coach Steve Lemon with a 1-0 win at Eastbourne – their first in eight outings since late November.
They travelled to East Sussex with a bare 11 players but snatched a victory on the back of a first half goal by Vicky Field.
Goalkeeper Swati, playing her farewell game before returning to India, made several key saves.
A relieved Lemon said: “'we knew it was going to be hard with the bare 11 players and were hanging on a bit at the end, but defended superbly.”
Southampton, with only one win in 12 themselves, lost 1-0 to Wanderers and have dropped to third from bottom.
Winchester’s automatic South League Premier Division 2 promotion prospects could hinge on them winning their two home matches against Purley Walcountians and West Hampstead at Kings’ this weekend.
A 6-0 win at lowly Lewes kept Winchester within five points of Oxford University, who scrambled a 2-1 victory over Blackheath.
More significantly, Winchester enjoy a slender one point lead – but with a far superior goal difference – over Tulse Hill & Dulwich, who trimmed Trojans 3-0 at Stoneham Lane.
Two goals each by Isaac Hocking, Kent Langridge and Will Phillips saw Winchester to a 6-0 win, while former Portsmouth Grammar School captain Jadon Buckeridge converted a penalty stroke as the table topping Dark Blues trimmed Blackheath 2-1 at Iffley Road.
Two goals in three minutes late in the first half ended any prospect Trojans had of checking Tulse Hill’s own promotion push.
The visitors had the majority of the early possession but Trojans almost took the lead against the run of play with Calum Crichton denied at close range by the Tulse Hill goalkeeper.
The scores were level until shortly before half time when two goals in quick succession by Fred Courtney gave Tulse Hill control and a further Martyn White goal late in the game sealed the points.
Trojans ladies ended a thee-match winless streak by completing the double over National League Western Conference rivals Oxford Hawks. They maintained fourth place in the log with a 2-1 win, set up by a goal in each half by Cat Horn (16) and Heather Batten (44).
A second win in three matches has given Romsey hope that they may yet be able to avoid the drop into Hampshire League hockey next season.
They followed up a thrilling 4-3 victory over Addiscombe by twice coming from behind and beating Surbiton III 3-2 – hot shot Danny Miles scoring twice, including the winner ten minutes from time.
Romsey are still bottom of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 table, but their visit to Hamble – the third and last of three derbies in the coming weeks – promises to be critical in their survival bid.
Surbiton’s young side peppered Romsey early on, with goalkeeper Loz Scott making a series of saves before being beaten by a deflection.
By good fortunate, Surbiton scuffed and squandered a penalty stroke at 1-0.
Romsey seized their opportunity, forcing three short corners, the last of which Miles tucked away to bring the scores level.
Surbiton hit back, punishing Romsey from a long corner but seeing their 2-1 lead cancelled out when Jack Forrest-Charde picked out Chris Mason to wrong-foot the visitors goalkeeper and put the Abbeymen level again.
It was Loz Scott to the rescue with a series of vital saves as Surbiton’s unsuccessful penalty corner attempts ran into double figures.
Romsey launched a number of their own raids and with ten minutes remaining grabbed the winner.
A fierce tackle inside the 25 yard zone, resulted in a Romsey penalty corner, which Miles fired into the top left hand corner for his seventh goal in five recent games,
stepped up, and fired into the top left corner taking his 2017 tally to 7 goals in 5 games, to put the Abbey men ahead, 3-2.
Surbiton refused to lie down and were denied, initially by a Dave Edwards goal-line save then Scott, who saw off two more late short corners to secure Romsey a critical three points.
Hamble came away with a 3-3 draw from their visit to Camberley & Farnborough, the other club in deep relegation trouble.
Andover’s two Regional 2 matches produced a staggering 23 goals – a 6-5 win at Addiscombe cushioning the disappointment of a 7-5 defeat at Croydon & Old Whitgiftians.
Four goals down at half-time and in danger of being swept aside, Fareham produced an astonishing second half comeback to peg Cardiff & Met to 4-4 – only for the National League Western Conference leaders to snatch the winner four minutes from the end.
Five points clear at the top, Cardiff are favourites for the WC title and when they rattled three five mid-first half minutes past George Harris, an easy win appeared theirs for the taking.
Jack Pritchard, with two goals in successive attacks, and Ioan Wall had Fareham’s backs to the wall and when Charles Hunte made it 4-0 before half-time a potential rout seemed on the cards.
“We gave the ball away far too cheaply in the first half, but in the second we were excellent and had Cardiff panicking,” reflected head coach Ben Barnes.
Fareham scored three goals in 11 minutes, with Jamie Rawlings converting two penalty corners and James Evans scoring his first club goal from open play.
On the hour mark Fareham scored an equalising fourth goal – Rawlings completing a hat-trick of drag flick short corners.
How ironic Fareham had been so inept at set-pieces against Isca a fortnight before !
Cardiff, whose 1-1 draw with Cheltenham in November is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect 14-match season, were in a state of panic – but Fareham were unable to strike the killer blow.
Four minutes from the end, Luke Hawker got Cardiff’s winner – and Fareham left Sophia Gardens deflated.
Barnes “I am disappointed for the team as we deserved more than the final result.
“A game of two halves was personified with us being 4-0 down at half time. But the guys rallied well, and went out with the attitude of trying to get something out of the second half, if nothing else.
“Getting back to 4-4 was nothing more than our efforts deserved, we dominated in all areas second half and had them panicking.
“We did give the ball away too cheaply first half, but I can’t fault the efforts in the second half, it was nothing short of excellent in getting back to 4-4.
It could have been worse for Fareham, as Bristol University, the only side beneath them in the log, led Chichester 2-0 at half-time before the West Sussex hosts scored twice after the break to salvage a 2-2 draw.
It leaves Fareham (who visit Cheltenham on Sunday) one point clear of the Bristol students, whose visit to Henry Cort on March 18 will decide who goes down.
Winchester hit Lewes for six to stay in touch with Oxford University at the top of South Hockey League Premier Division 2.
Isaac Hocking, Kent Langridge and Will Phillips all scored twice as Winchester beat the lowly East Sussex club 6-0.
Former Portsmouth Grammar School captain Jadon Buckeridge scored as the Dark Blues trimmed Blackheath 3-1.
Romsey enhanced their Regional Division 2 survival prospects when Danny Miles scored twice in a 3-2 win over Surbiton.
South Premier Division 1
Havant 3 Henley 1
Lewes 0 Winchester 6 (Hocking 2, Langridge 2, Phillips 2), Oxford University 3 Blackheath 1, Purley 2 West Hampstead 4, Trojans 0 Tulse Hill & Dulwich 3.
Regional Division 1
Fareham II 2 (Cox, Davey) Reigate Priory 3, Wimborne Wayfarers 2 Haslemere 3
Camberley 3 Hamble 3, Croydon 7 Andover 5, Romsey 3 (Miles 2, Mason) Surbiton 2, Winchester II 3 Southampton 3.
National League Western Conference
Oxford Hawks 1 Trojans 2 (Horn, Batten)
South League Division 3B
Eastbourne 0 Fareham 1, Southampton 0 Wanderers 1, Trojans 5 Teddington 0.
* Read Mike Vimpany’s comprehensive hockey round up in Wednesday’s Daily Echo.
Greg Cox scored four times as Fareham seconds pulled off an astonishing 5-4 win over Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 rivals Haslemere – having been 4-1 down and lost their goalkeeper Rory Kemp with a broken wrist.
Haslemere were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes and, despite a Cox penalty corner, 4-1 adrift when Kemp was injured in a collision which saw visiting striker Nic Cope sin-binned.
Left-half Paul Metcalfe took over the goalkeeper’s pads and helmet – and proceeded to play the game of his life !
Metcalf, pictured right alongside the injured Kemp, had previously only played in goal in an Under-14 game, but pulled off a string of sensational saves.
Fareham’s outfielders responded with Cox completing a second half hat-trick to claw it back to 4-4 with seven minutes left.
Metcalf then pulled off a series of fine saves from Haslemere penalty corners to keep Fareham afloat.
In a dramatic finale, Tom Seebold and Ollie Nicholls combined to set up a George Davey winner for Fareham, who had to beat out a stoppage time penalty corner to clinch a remarkable victory.
Fareham were left to rue a spate of missed first half chances and had to be content with a 1-1 draw from the visit of high riding National League Western Conference rivals Exeter University to Henry Cort.
Desperate for every point in their quest to avoid an end-of-season relegation play-off scenario – or even automatic demotion if they fail to finish above Bristol University – Fareham ought to have put the game to bed in the opening 15 minutes.
They began with real purpose, but Chris Davey, Jamie Rawlings and James Seager all missed the target before Exeter’s Harry Mellows pulled off two wonder saves to keep the university goal intact.
Eventually Fareham’s pressure paid off – Rawlings converting a penalty corner, a distinct improvement on the previous week against Isca where their set-piece routines had been so poor, writes Mike Vimpany.
“We could have been 4-0 up at half-time and out of sight,” sighed head coach Ben Barnes, who stepped off the bench to add some experience to the Fareham cause late in the game, making one amazing stick save from under his own crossbar
Exeter, slow to get going, gradually stepped up a gear and 11 minutes into the second half equalised through James Fergusson after the otherwise impressive Tom Larcombe had lost possession on the left.
Despite finding themselves under increasing pressure, Fareham created several more chances – though in the end they were clinging on as third-placed Exeter launched a prolonged assault, goalkeeper George Harris denying them with one stunning fingertip save late on.
“Exeter deserved their equaliser for how they fought back in the second half, but I was encouraged by our performance,” Barnes continued.
Bristol University, whose visit to Henry Cort on March 18 will surely decide the automatic relegation position, nailed 6-0 by Team Bath Buccaneers and lie two points behind Fareham, who go to title favourites Cardiff & Met this weekend.
Worryingly for Fareham, Isca nailed Chichester 4-1 and have a three-point lead over Fareham.
* Fareham juniors thumped Winchester 5-1 to finish top of the West Under-14 Boys Championships and qualify for the next regional phase of the national competition.
Alex Ellison, Jay Green, Fergus Jackson, Phil Larcombe and Adam Shergold scored for Fareham.
Oxford University seized the initiative in the South Hockey Premier Division 2 title race with a 4-1 win over Winchester, whose defeat at Kings’ was cushioned by promotion rivals Tulse Hill unexpectedly slipping up 2-1 against Bournemouth.
With six games left, the Dark Blues enjoy a five-point lead over Winchester, who have a match in hand against fourth-placed West Hampstead in two weeks time.
“It’s not over by any means,” stressed Winchester player/coach Ben Hibberd after the university students scored twice in the final five minutes to celebrate a 4-1 victory which didn’t reflect the balance of the game.
“The leading four sides have still got to play one another during what promises to be a fascinating run in.
“Tulse Hill face Oxford University and ourselves in consecutive days in mid-March, so the outcome of those games is going to be critical.”
The top-table Winchester-Oxford duel attracted a large touchline crowd, who gulped as the students capitalised on a mislaid pass in midfield and Dave Jones set up Andrew Fanthope to sweep the Dark Blues ahead.
Winchester regrouped and Ben Hibberd fired just wide after Rob Moore won the first of their six penalty corners.
Their second corner ten minutes later seemed certain to result in an equaliser, but the Oxford keeper made a great save at point blank range.
The scores were levelled on 20 minutes when Moore sent a 60-yard pass up-field, the ball cannoning back into play off the upright, allowing allowing Kent Langridge an initial chance which Peter Symonds’ College student Harry Talks, pictured, fired home off the keeper's pads.
This mid-half 15-minute spell was definitely Winchester's, but Oxford came again towards the end of the half with two penalty corners which were kept out in turn by Craig Simms and then Ed Player.
With half-time moments away, Winchester fell victim to a problem which haunted them throughout the game, as they were unable to safely clear danger from their own D.
The rapid Oxford midfield and forwards made the most of it, ultimately lining up two unopposed forwards in front of ‘keeper Caelen Dillon, who had little chance of denying former Portsmouth Grammar School student Will Dry restoring the visitors’ lead.
Winchester had their moments in the second half with the large crowd urging them on. Langridge had some success curling round the back of the Oxford left defence, but his pass missed the eager Winchester forwards.
Ben Hibberd, after breaking through the runner at a penalty corner, just failed to find the right touch to hit the target.
Ultimately though, most of Winchester's threat broke down before it reached real danger, let down by an unusually high level of poor first touches and general ball control as opposed to the well drilled Oxford unit, who demonstrated a much higher level of ball retention throughout.
With five minutes left and Winchester still pressing, Oxford broke on the counter and won a penalty corner which was despatched by Noah Francis into the bottom right hand corner to kill off the home team's hopes.
Any remaining optimism from the crowd was removed as Oxford broke again with seconds remaining and Ryan Kavanagh fired a reverse stick strike past Dillon to achieve a perhaps slightly flattering 4-1 final outcome.
Sinoxolo Mbekeni (2) and Ian Bassett scored, but Trojans went down 5-3 to Holcombe at Stoneham Lane.
* Stuart Swift scored twice but was unable to save Winchester II from a 6-3 defeat at Regional Division 2 rivals Surbiton.
Southampton are eyeing the possibility of a late promotion play-off push after knocking Croydon & Old Whitgiftians off the top of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 table.
The 6-4 win over the deposed leaders (who thrashed them 7-1 in the autumn) was Southampton’s fourth in a row and lifted the club into sixth spot, five points off the top.
Sunbury & Walton Hawks now wear the yellow jersey after winning 4-1 at Hamble.
Southampton produced arguably their best years in a long while as they surged into a 3-0 lead and turned around 4-1 up.
Jack Holloway’s early penalty corner, well saved by the Croydon goalkeeper, gave notice of Southampton’s intentions and it wasn’t long before Rob O’Brien finished a chance created by Liam Eastwood.
Before Croydon knew where they were they were 3-0 down.
Holloway scored the second and James Girling the third after O’Brien’s drag flick had been saved.
Croydon eventually pulled themselves together and, after clawing a goal back, swarmed all over Southampton.
But the city side regrouped with a sublime quality move involving Simon Watson and O’Brien giving Josh White the opportunity to give the men in blue a 4-1 half-time lead.
“This was the best first half display from Southampton in a number of years,” O’Brien remarked.
Soaking up pressure and playing on the counter-attack, Southampton stretched their lead to 5-1 with O’Brien’s second.
At 6-1 – White also scoring his second – it was effectively all over, but Croydon scored three late goals to take the gloss off an otherwise sparkling home performance.
It was Southampton’s fourth win in five games – a run they will need to extend at Winchester II on Saturday and when Romsey come to the Sports Centre on March 4.
Romsey were thrashed 8-1 by second placed London Edwardians, who Southampton still have to visit.
Lt Cdr Alan Walker, who dedicated his life to the sport of hockey, sadly passed away last Friday (February 17) after a short battle with cancer.
Alan joined the RN in Jan 1960 as an Artificer Apprentice. This was where his passion for the sport of Hockey began and he soon picked up his Colours for representing the RN and UK Armed Forces. He made over 100 appearances for the RN between 1968 and 1985.
Alan gained his Level 3 coaching qualification in 1970 and his Level 4 in 1978 and was present at the inception of the present day coach education programme in 1971.
1986 was an eventful year for Alan: he left the RN and took up the role of RNHA/ RNASA Secretary as a retired officer at HMS Temeraire, keeping his rank of Lt Cdr. Also in this year Alan was England Hockey’s ‘video man’ at the hockey world cup at Willesden where they won the silver medal.
Post tournament, Alan was invited to take up the role of HA Staff Coach. On leaving the RN Alan had to take his daughters to a new club, Havant HC where he was soon to be invited to be their club coach. He continued in this post for most of the 90’s, with Havant going from strength to strength becoming England’s top club, qualifying several times for European competition.
In 1992 Alan was asked to take on the Role of England U21 Men’s Manager, a role he accepted with great pride. During his reign as manager from 1992-94 he oversaw 61 matches, it would have been 8 more if the team hadn’t be ‘bombed out’ at the Indira Ghandi Memorial Tournament in Mumbai in March 93.
In 1990 as part of the Notts Sport scheme, Alan was at the forefront of resurrecting Gosport HC and by 1996 they were making their mark as an outstanding example of both adult and junior Hockey, by 1998 their U9’s were national champions (they completed the task again in 2001 as U13’s) and the boys won the millennium Youth games in successive years as well as regularly appearing in Hampshire Outdoor Finals.
In 1997 on the formation of the new joint English Hockey Association, Alan had the honour of being the first Chairman of the National Coaching Committee, attending the FIH Coaching Conference in 1997 and then staffing the EHA Level 4 Course with Mike Hamilton and Malcolm Wood.
During all this time Alan continued his role as the Chief Coach of the Royal Navy and UK Armed Forces who were regularly producing players who gained international caps. His dedication to grass roots hockey within the RN in particular has made it one of the most popular sports in the RN. He managed the CSHA on their tour to Canada in 1988 and oversaw the RN’s first Inter-Service win for 24 years in 2004, which they repeated in 2005, and went on their most successful run in Inter-Service history until his retirement in 2010. No- one knows exactly how many coaches Alan qualified in his time as a coach educator, it will be way above 500 mark and some say it may even be in the thousands, but safe to say his legacy is being carried out on hockey pitches all around the UK.
Alan continued his work on retirement as a Vice President to the RN, UK Armed Forces, Gosport and Nordics’s Hockey Club as well as being a patron to the Hockey Museum, in his final days he was still organising the inaugural fixture for Nordics Ladies which took place on the Sunday after his death.
Alan was truly Mr Hockey, especially in the Royal Navy, an absolute gentleman who always had time for everybody and couldn’t do enough for you; he will be sadly missed by all.
Winchester’s South Hockey League Premier Division 2 promotion hopes took a knock when table topping Oxford University beat them 4-1 at Kings’.
The Dark Blues were one up inside 90 seconds – a strike Harry Talks cancelled out before half-time. But Oxford scored three times in the second half, twice in the closing stages, to run out comfortable winners.
A 6-4 victory over high riding Croydon & Old Whitgiftians – their fourth straight win – has given Southampton an outside chance of promotion from Regional Division 2.
Premier Division 2
Trojans 3 Holcombe 5, Winchester 1 (Talks) Oxford University 4.
Regional Division 1
Barnes 2 Wimborne Wayfarers 1 (Clark), Chichester 5 Basingstoke 2, Haslemere 4 Fareham II 5 (Cox 4. Davey)
Andover 3 Camberley & Farnborough 2, Hamble 1 Sunbury & Walton Hawks 4, London Edwardians 8 Romsey 2, Southampton 6 (O’Brien 2, White 2, Girling, Holloway) Croydon & Old Whitgiftians 4, Surbiton 6 Winchester II 3 (Swift 2).
Fareham III 4 Southampton III 3, University 3 Trojans 2.
Romsey are celebrating their first win in almost a year - a desperate run of 16 Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 games without success ending with a long overdue 4-3 victory over Addiscombe.
A late penalty corner conversion by Danny Miles gave Romsey their first win bonus since last March when they beat Fareham III 4-1.
Romsey almost tossed it away, allowing Addiscombe back into the game after opening up a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes, but managed to hold on during a frantic finish.
The Abbeymen remain bottom of the pile, but the victory gives them hope they may be able to avoid an end of season drop into the Hampshire League.
Romsey dominated the opening sequences, playing arguably the best hockey of a long, barren season and taking the lead through Jack England, who controlled the ball on to his weaker side, and lifted his shot over the diving Addiscombe goalkeeper.
Within minutes Romsey were 2-0 up. A long, overhead pass found Zak Cooper, who quickly released Sam Barcia through the central channel to beat the keeper.
Two-nil can always be a tricky lead and Romsey were almost punished by three Addiscombe penalty corners.
But Romsey bounced back and converted a set-piece of their own when Chris Mason neatly finished from the top of the D.
Addiscombe weren’t beaten and cut the gap to 3-2 by half-time through Dan Heayberd and Simon Toms.
Romsey looked as though they might have tossed away their victory prospects altogether when Shane Samuels equalised from a powerful drag flick penalty corner.
The remainder of the game was tense and of fairly low quality hockey.
The Croydon visitors pressed for the winner – but Romsey maintained their discipline and took advantage of their opponents’ overzealous search for a goal and won a penalty corner after two Addiscombe players had been sin-binned.
Danny Miles converted the set piece with a strong flick high to the right of the ‘keeper to make it 4-3.
A hectic last five minutes followed, but Romsey held on for a first and long overdue win of the season.
Ball games are often decided by small margins and in Fareham ’s case it was a few centimetres that denied them a precious National League Western Conference victory over Isca.
Fareham thought they had won 2-1 when James Seager, pictured, converted a late penalty corner against the West Country visitors.
“But the umpire judged our last penalty corner to have not travelled out of the circle before JJ fired it in,” explained Fareham head coach Ben Barnes.
The disallowed goal meant that Fareham had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Henry Cort chill.
A win would have taken them out of the bottom two and above Isca. As it stands, they remain second from bottom, one point above University of Bristol , with a better goal difference.
It was ironic that Fareham should convert their seventh and last short corner, because up until then their routines bordered on being abysmal.
“Our penalty corners have been strong in training, but misfired against Isca,” Barnes said.
“It was a frustrating day when you look at the result as we did more than enough to win the game. We suffered from not taking our chances that we created.
“We have to move on and turn the dominance and chances and penalty corners in to goals in the future.”
Fareham found themselves chasing the game directly New Milton raised teenager Tim Nurse fired Isca into a fifth minute lead.
Nurse, schooled under Simon Ridley’s watchful eye at Ballard Court , played his junior hockey at Bournemouth and remains in the England Futures programme.
Still behind at the break, Fareham pressed forward in the second half, but wasted several chances before Seager equalised from a 60th minute penalty stroke when a goal-bound drag flick from Jamie Rawlins was illegally stopped by an Isca defender.
But for a few centimetres, Fareham would have been celebrating again nine minutes later …
“Isca were hanging on in the last five minutes and I am very proud in how we threw everything at them to try and win. It was not quite enough, but that energy we showed is encouraging as we look to maintain our National League status,” Barnes reflected.
* Teenager Will Raymond hit the winner as Fareham seconds eased their Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 relegation worries with a 1-0 win over Barnes.
Winchester will be top dogs in South Hockey League Premier Division 2 if they beat Oxford University in Saturday’s summit meeting at Kings’ (2pm).
They currently trail the Dark Blues by two points with one match in hand – and go into the showdown on the back of a Kent Langridge inspired 6-1 win at Staines, writes Mike Vimpany.
Langridge notched a hat-trick for a weakened Winchester side, minus four regulars, which scored three times in each half to run out comfortable winners.
Winchester were untidy at first but with Will Phillips controlling the midfield they soon took the lead with the influential Harry Talks creating the opening for Langridge’s first goal.
Talks himself got the second and by half-time Winchester were firmly in the driving seat, with Langridge cleverly chipping the Staines goalkeeper to make it 3-0.
Early in the second half Langridge completed his hat-trick to effectively settle the contest.
Adam Cope pulled a goal back for Staines from a short corner, but Winchester finished strongly with Mark Maunsell finishing a move created by the forward thinking Kevin Boniface.
Top scorer Ben Hibberd eventually made his mark, scoring his 15th of the season as Winchester completed their six-goal salvo.
Winchester II’s Regional Division 2 match with London Edwardians was among several local games called off due to icy pitch surfaces.
Trojans Ladies saw a potential National Women’s League Western Conference win snatched from their grasp when Isca salvaged a 2-2 draw with a last gasp equaliser at Stoneham lane.
Trojans looked probably winners on the back on a second minute striker by Jill Tooms - which Elly Yard cancelled out before half-time – and a penalty corner from Sally Gibson, which the Stoneham girls clung on to … until Isca equalised with the final play.
Trojans seconds saw their eight-match South League winning run ended with a 3-1 defeat at Lewes, but bounced back to remain third by thrashing Wanderers 5-1.
Joe Slade scored Trojans goal at Lewes, but left it to team-mates Daisy Strange, Bella Slawin, Imo Lea, Sarah Shaw and Mel Addy to inflict the damage against Wanderers.
Fareham looked set to do Trojans a favour when they led East Grinstead 2-1 – only to concede a last gasp equaliser.
Jo Faulkner and Hannah Oldham wiped out EG’s early lead and looked to have sealed it for Fareham – only for the visitors to make it 2-2 in the final play.
Southampton’s ten match winless run ended with an emphatic 4-0 win at relegated Worthing , where Sue Merry (2), Nat Romain and Charlotte Ayres were on target.
Winchester II shook off the effects of conceding an early Dan Miles penalty corner before a Stuart Swift brace enabled them to win a feisty Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 derby 2-1.
Bottom of the pile and desperate for a victory, Romsey were fired up at the start and got their just rewards through Miles, who twice hit the woodwork from subsequent penalty corners.
Winchester took a long while to get a foothold in the game, but eventually equalised when Ed Player fired a pass from midfield which the eagle eyed Swift deflected into the top corner.
Six players saw yellow as passions rose and Winchester began building pressure.
Late on the pressure began to tell, with Goodchild and Rob Ritchie close before Swift followed up on a drag flick to grab Winchester’s winner.
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