Angus Haigh (centre above) scored twice as Peter Symonds' cruised into the AOC Cup semi-finals with a 6-2 win over South Dartmoor at the Trojans Club.
Sam Brockway (left), Finn Berg, Owen Pastides, and Toby Dudson (far right) scored the other goals - Dudson's strike being the talk of the college corridors.
PSC face a potentially stiffer task against Marlborough in the National Schools Boys U18 Championship : Tier 1 League at Stoneham Lane next Wednesday, 3pm.
Two late goals in quick succession by Emma Teague and Zoe Gittens earned Trojans ladies a 2-0 win over Reading which secured a healthy mid-table spot in the Women’s Western Conference.
The situation is so tight that a mere four points separate the six clubs between third and eighth place in the table behind unbeaten runaway leaders Stourport and Gloucester City, who look set to finish runnrs-up.
Trojans enjoyed the better of a goal-less first half, with Amy Sheehan shooting just wide from an acute angle and later being denied by the toe-end of the Reading goalkeeper’s boot which prevented a certain goal.
Reading forced two unconverted penalty corners before half-time and arguably enjoyed more of the ball in the second period without seriously troubling the Stoneham defence.
Trojans eventually got their noses in front nine minutes from the end with Emma Teague [pictured above] scoring from a penalty corner. Two minutes later they clinched the win points – Gittens finishing off a move initiated from a Heather Batten free hit and created by Sheehan.
The spoils were shared 2-2 when Southampton and Fareham Ladies met in a South Women’s League Division 3B derby at the Sports Centre.
The verdicts of the respective clubs follow the match facts –
Southampton 2 Fareham 2 (Half-time 2-2)
Southampton (Match form order): 6 Lauren Carter, 1 Linda Dunham, 38 Devon Greenhaigh, 39 Louise Hopkins, 43 Bernie Jones, 34 Rachel Maunder, 10 Sue Merry, 88 Olivia O'Mahony, 2 Natalie Romain, 3 Zoe Stride, 99 Ros Wellington, 4 Emma White, 12 Abi Woodcock
Fareham (3-4-1-2): Ange Cryne; Lydia Rowswell, Laura Pendleton, Georgia Collins; Hannah Oldham, Siân Edwards, Jo Faulkner, Lydia Jackson; Rebecca Reavell; Rachael Clark, Vicky Field Subs: Sophie Raymond, Gracie Coleman. Unused Sub: Tara Lemon
10 mins Fareham Vicky Field F 0-1
12 mins Southampton Louise Hopkins F 1-1
20 mins Southampton Zoe Stride F 2-1
34 mins Fareham Rebecca Reavell F 2-2
Fareham viewpoint –
Everyone worked incredibly hard and it was a great effort. Both teams had the upper hand for spells in the first half but after half-time we had the majority of clear cut chances and Southampton probably only looked like they might steal it in the last two or three minutes when tiredness finally became a factor.
There is an argument for the draw being a fair enough outcome but we finished the match frustrated that we hadn't scored a winner whilst Southampton looked relieved to have escaped with a draw.
We certainly scored the two best goals of the match. A nice interchange of passes between Rachael and Vicky ended with Vicky running onto Rachael's through ball, rounding the keeper and, after steadying herself, opening the scoring with a composed finish. The two Southampton goals were a little disappointing for us as they were probably preventable and at 2-1 down the game could have got out of our grasp, like at Teddington. However we regrouped and started playing the way that has brought us success in previous games. The equalizer was a very good goal with great work by Hannah in the corner followed by a perfect cross and an excellent finish by Revs.
I think you would have got long odds against the 2nd half being goalless but it isn't the first game at Southampton where we have had the best of the game after the break but just couldn't get the goals our play deserved.
All in all the disappointment of not managing to win was more than matched by the performance and the effort.
Southampton verdict –
After playing two great games the previous weekend, Southampton Ladies were hoping to continue our performance into the Fareham derby – but it did not start as intended.
Mid-way through the first half following an opposition break away we went 1-0 down against the run of play as Southampton had been dominant in attack up to this point. A quick resurgence enabled us to hit straight back. A ball through from Emma at the back on the right to Zoe Stride, who then gave a brilliantly guided long ball into Lou Hopkins, who took it round the keeper and shot it straight into the goal.
Not long after we were on another successful attack when their defender got hold of the ball and was nice enough to pass it straight to Lou Hopkins, who was on top of the D. She skilfully lifted it over a couple of sticks before putting it behind the defenders for Zoe Stride, who ran onto it and confidently put it into the goal.
Unfortunately, the good work by the team to go 2-1 up was undone just before half time when Fareham made another break away lifting the ball across goal just out of reach of Dev and the player in behind her scored.
After an inspirational team talk from Sue Merry at half time we tried hard to get our performance back on track but we appeared to have lost some of our enthusiasm and couldn’t quite get the winning goal despite our best efforts. In the end it was through grit and determination that we managed to hold Fareham to a 2 all draw.
Havant have forged a three-point gap at the top of the Western Conference – but with all their title rivals left to play in March the championship race is likely to go to the wire.
They host fourth-placed Oxford Hawks on Saturday and face trips to Birmingham University and Olton & West Warwicks before the season is out.
In last weekend’s double banker, Havant beat Cardiff & Met 3-1 but went down 3-2 to Team Bath. Cushioning that blow, however, was a surprise defeat for Olton by Bristol University and Birmingham being held 1-1 by Chichester.
A ninth minute goal by teenager Ethan Hoddle gave Havant the perfect start against visiting Cardiff & Met, who found themselves 2-0 down to a Federico Bertoni penalty conversion ten minutes later.
Jack Pritchard got Cardiff a foothold in the game a minute before half-time, but Portugal’s Miguel Rodrigues wrapped it up for Havant in the second half.
The game took it toll on Havant who, leg weary, lost 3-2 to Team Bath Buccaneers 24 hours later.
First half goals by Stuart Rushmere (15) and Harry Skinner (28) had Havant chasing the game before half-time and when Ben Stone added a third for Bath the writing was on the wall.
Argentina's Federico Bertoni tucked away two penalty corners in the final ten minutes, but his strikes came too little too late to spare Havant a 3-2 defeat.
Cardiff & Met scored twice in the opening ten minutes and had five goals in the back of the net before half-time before cruising to a 6-2 win over Fareham, whose prospects of a top six Western Conference finish are all but mathematically over.
With five games remaining, Fareham are nine points adrift of sixth placed Team Bath and six adrift of Bristol University, who pulled off a shock 4-2 win over previous leaders Olton & West Warwicks.
Fareham will need to beat Bristol and win at least one more game (they visit winless Isca in Exeter on Saturday) if they are to claim a play-off place allocated to the seventh -placed side.
An eighth minute short corner version by Luke Hawker, followed by a Jack Pritchard penalty stroke soon after gave Cardiff the perfect start at Sophia Gardens.
Ellis Robson made it 3-0 before Jamie Rawlings launched a two-goal Fareham comeback by converting consecutive penalty corners to make it 3-2.
The next goal was clearly crucial, but Cardiff greedily scored twice more before half-time through Robson and Rhys Gowman to change round 5-1 up.
Hawker’s second and Cardiff’s sixth goal three minutes into the second half made the last half-hour academic.
Fareham share second from bottom position with Chichester, who creditably held Birmingham University 1-1, with Alex Thakore giving them a penalty corner lead which the students cancelled out in the 52nd minute.
On a positive note, Fareham seconds remain a point behind the automatic promotion spot in Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 after a 6-1 win over second placed Purley Walcountians at Henry Cort, where teenager Fergus Jackson underlined the value of midweek training sessions on Hill Head beach with a hat-trick. George Davey, Seb Dennison and Aidan Page also hit the target.
Fareham II lie on point behind behind Bournemouth, who crashed 4-2 at Oxted.
Trojans and Winchester look set to be playing each other in a revamped South League Premier Division 1 next season.
While Trojans maintained their SPL2 promotion bid with a comfortable 4-0 win over Horsham, Winchester lost 3-2 at Banbury and look set to finish in the lower half of the table.
Ben Hibberd and Kieran Molloy were on target for Winchester, while teenager Matty Bell, Paul Hilton, South African Sinoxolo Mbekeni, and Dave McNee guided Trojans to victory.
Guildford, 12 points clear at the top, are almost home and dry as SPL2 champions after a 5-1 win over Eastbourne, in which Rowledge cricketer Sam Plater notched a hat-trick.
Winchester are within two points of climbing into a top five South League Premier Division One spot after a narrow 3-2 win at basement side Henley.
Jack Culmer, Ben Hibberd, and South African Todd Hutcheson hit the target alongside the River Thames.
Former Southampton hit-man Ollie Knight took his season's tally to 18 by scoring twice as London Edwardians beat Milton Keynes 5-2.
Fine margins often determine the outcome of matches – and none more so than the events on the hour mark of Havant’s 2-1 England Hockey Western Conference derby win over Fareham at Henry Cort.
With ten minutes left on the clock, an intriguing derby was in the balance at 1-1 when Richard Mantell, Fareham’s former Great Britain Olympian, crashed a searing drag flick against the underside of the Havant crossbar and out for safety.
In the counter attack which followed, Charlie Stubbings split the Fareham defence before finding Portugal international Miguel Rodrigues, who fired home Havant’s winner.
The victory kept Havant in second place behind Olton & West Warwicks, who beat Chichester 4-1. The pair each has 25 points, but Havant have a game in hand.
The derby, played in front of a bumper crowd (which far exceeded any of the previous day’s attendances in the Wessex League), was a typically tense affair, with Fareham enjoying the early territorial advantage and having 10th and 16th minute shots saved by Polish international Maciej Pacanowski, who went on to become man of the match.
The Stubbings brothers, Charlie and Jack went close for Havant, while teenager Ethan Hoddle gave Fareham a scare, while at the opposite end Martin Gough had a good opportunity to give the host the lead.
The stalemate was broken in the lead-up to half-time, with Havant taking the lead and Fareham equalising soon after.
Matt Cox was instrumental in Havant’s penalty corner opener crisply tucked away by Argentinian defender Federico Bertoni. Fareham 0, Havant 1.
Fareham’s response was almost immediate. Mantell picked out Adam Bloomfield, whose darting run pierced the Havant defence. Ironically, Bloomfield only joined Fareham at the turn of the year because he couldn’t get a regular start for Havant. Half-time Fareham 1 Havant 1.
Fareham seized the initiative at the start of the second period, winning penalty corners the second of which tested Pacanowski, who flung himself to his left and deflected a shot wide of the upright.
A spate of yellow cards saw Havant reduced to nine men at one stage, but Fareham’s failure to take advantage of their numerical superiority eventually cost them.
The match was turned on its head on the hour mark with Martell smashing a drag flick against Pacanowski’s crossbar. The ball bounced agonisingly back into play and Havant survived.
Fareham didn’t when Havant launched their follow-up attack, Charlie Stubbings making good progress on the left before setting up Miguel Rodrigues to score what proved to be the winner.
Fareham won two late unconverted penalty corners, but Havant played out time to secure a victory which may prove so crucial to their title aims. Sixth place may now prove beyond Fareham, who could have to rely on seventh spot to gain a play-off spot.
They ought to have got something from this derby, but fine margins dictated otherwise ….
* Chichester remain second from bottom after a 4-1 defeat at Olton & West Warwicks, where Ollie Baxter scored a late consolation goal.
Tulse Hill & Dulwich paid the penalty for pitching up at Henry Cort with ten outfield players and a kicking back as four-goal Vicky Field (all from open play) led Fareham ladies on an 8-1 South Women’s League Division 3B romp.
Visionary Fareham coach Steve Lemon always thinks ahead of the game, so if Tulse Hill had any thoughts that fielding 11 girls on the park would disrupt his tactics, they were sadly mistaken.
Within two minutes, Field (above left) had opened her account and by half-time had scored twice, with Hannah Oldham adding her name to the list of scorers (once again sadly missing from the league website) before Natalie Davis got what proved a consolation effort for the visitors. 3-1 at the break.
Field scored twice more before Fareham added three more goals in the last ten minutes through Georgia Collins, Laura Pendleton, Rebecca Reavell.
Lemon, squeezing every bit of juice out of the occasion, then sat down and relaxed to watch his beloved Pompey soar into a 3-0 lead at Roots Hall. That was as good as his afternoon got …
Trojans ladies recovered from the shock of conceding a tenth minute goal to beat Western Women’s Conference rivals ISCA 3-1 and maintain their mid-table standing.
They piled on the early pressure at Stoneham Lane, only to find themselves undone in the 10th minute when Millie Attwell got a vital deflection to a ball fired across their own D.
Their tails up, ISCA switched the ball around nicely, but Trojans held tight and levelled in the 21st minute when a move initiated from centre-back Jill Toombs sent Daisy Strange away down the right. Her fierce pass picked out the diving Cita Haines to score.
With Emma Teague and Jenny Gough controlling the middle of the pitch and making fine tackles to deny the ISCA midfielders the chance to get hold of the ball, Trojans got on top and four minutes into the second half took the lead from a Zoe Gittens penalty former drag flick.
ISCA fought back and Trojans needed some handy saves from Angharad Jenkins to keep them in front.
Fifteen minutes from time Trojans wrapped it up from the penalty spot. Amy Sheehan saw a shot from a short corner hit an ISCA foot on the line and duly tucked away the resulting penalty to give Trojans a 3-1 win.
Trojans were beaten 5-1 by runaway leaders Stourport 24 hours later. Jenny Gough equalised at 1-1 for Trojans, but Stourport marched on to an 11th successive win.
All three Rawlings brothers scored in the Team Bath Buccaneers-Fareham duel - with sibling Scott emerging victorious in the student team's 4-2 Western Conference victory.
He fired Bath into a 15th minute lead, an advantage Alex Renwick improved with a brace to give his side a 3-1 interval lead, Danny Rawlings having got Fareham on the scoreboard minutes before.
A fourth goal by Ben Stone made it safe for Team Bath. Jamie Rawlings converted a stoppage time second for Fareham from a short corner.
Alex Boxall, Matt Ramsay and Niall Stott were absent for Fareham, but are expected to play in today's (Sunday) Henry Cort derby with Havant, 1.30.
King Edward VI student Matty Bell capped an impressive individual performance with a second half penalty conversion which enabled Trojans to hold West Hampstead 2-2 in the second v third South Premier League Division 2 clash at Stoneham Lane.
The wing back drilled home a low shot from a short corner to level the scores after the Middlesex side had turned an early setback into a 2-1 lead.
Trojans, still lagging eight points behind leaders Guildford (who were surprisingly held 1-1 by Staines), began on a positive note through Dan Ferrier’s 10th goal of the season.
By half-time West Hampstead were level through Alex Stobbart and early in the second half ahead when Chris Todd bagged his 18th goal of the campaign, picking up a rebound after a fine save by Steve Cole.
Bell’s equaliser proved to be the last scoring shot, though it could have gone either way after that, with Sinoxolo Mbekeni (downcast after South Africa’s cricket defeat by little Sri Lanka) denied by the goalkeeper’s outstretched boot and Elliott Cole firing wide.
As some over zealous card waving saw Trojans’ numerical strength depleted, so West Hampstead took the initiative, but two shots across the face of Steve Cole’s goal was the nearest they came to a winner.
Let’s do it all again !
That’s the message from head coach Ben Barnes as Fareham head into a demanding
weekend England Hockey Western Conference double.
Fareham produced one of their best WC performances when they put five unanswered goals past Chichester last Sunday – but a Saturday visit to Team Bath Buccaneers and Sunday’s derby with second placed Havant at Henry Cort (1.30) look different propositions.
Barnes’s side have never beaten Team Bath, while Havant squeezed a 2-1 win when Fareham visited in the autumn.
Chichester, meanwhile, face an awesome task away to WC leaders Olton & West Warwicks.
In the South Premier League, Winchester will expect to build on last week’s fine 3-2 win over promotion chasing Old Cranleighians when they visit basement side Henley.
There’s a big Saturday double at Stoneham lane, where Trojans ladies host Isca (noon), with the men playing West Hampstead in a second v third joust immediately after.
Southampton ladies look set for a top three finish in South Women's League Division 3B after a 1-0 win over Teddington, Nat Romain scoring the key goal.
Fifth placed Fareham also won 1-0, with Vicky Field their match winner against Barnes.
Trojans weren't so fortunate and lost 2-1 at EH Western Conference rivals Olton & West Warwicks, where Jill Toombs reduced the deficit five minutes after half-time. Trojans host Isca at Stoneham Lane on Saturday, noon PB.
Winchester pulled off an excellent 3-2 win at Kings’ against strong title contenders, Old Cranleighans courtesy of a Todd Hutcheson (left) first half brace and a brilliant individual goal from Kent Langridge in the dying minutes.
The visitors lay second in the South League Premier Division 1 coming into the game, having been knocked off top spot the previous week when they were snowed off and their rivals Spencer (who beat Henley 3-2) missed the weather.
Their quality was apparent in the first two minutes as they took the lead from a Jay Harman penalty corner.
A fierce midfield battle then ensued with Winchester being less carefree with their passing and ball control than in recent weeks and were able to match the quality of their opponents in most aspects, much of the Winchester play down the right channel with hard-working Mark Maunsell to the fore.
Both sides had penalty corner opportunities, one Winchester effort being created by a sublime disguised spin pass from Ben Hibberd.
Winchester then had the ball in the net on 25 minutes, but was brought back for a previous offence.
Five minutes later, South African Todd Hutcheson won the ball in midfield and sprinted forward, exchanging passes with skipper Kieran Malloy and then planting his strike into the corner.
Soon after, Hutcheson (a batsman/wicketkeeper with Camberley in Surrey Championship cricket) was in true goal-poacher mode to slap in Craig Jeffrey's clever pass after he had weaved his way along the by-line.
Winchester's unlikely 2-1 half-time lead remained for ten minutes, Cranleighans putting relentless pressure on the home defence, waiting for a passing error, Craig Sim having to step in on numerous occasions to prevent a final shot.
Eventually the pressure told in unfortunate circumstances as a cross pass by Matt Laidman was deflected-in off a defender past the helpless keeper, Dave Jones. 2-2.
Jones was then to become a central figure in the remaining twenty five minutes, brushing away a series of Cranleighan efforts, especially one notable double save.
With six minutes remaining, the drama ramped up as Kent Langridge relieved an OC midfielder of the ball on the half way line and engaged the burners to live the opposition for dead, striding into the "D" and threading his shot past the keepers left boot, as pictured above.
Winchester survived a couple of late scares, including a penalty corner awarded at the death, to mark a notable victory. Landridge will have been pleased to be a hero on the occasion of his father, Winchester HC's stalwart Tony's, sixtieth birthday.
Fareham turned on the style with a 5-0 thrashing of England Hockey Western Conference neighbours Chichester at Henry Cort – a scoreline that would have been even more emphatic but for visitors’ goalkeeper Chris Bristow, who pulled off a string of fine saves.
The double clinching win – Fareham emerged 4-3 victors from a late autumn thriller in West Sussex – lifted Ben Barnes’s side out of the bottom two and set up an intriguing upcoming double at Team Bath and against Havant at HC on Sunday, 1.30.
An enterprising Fareham were boosted by the arrival of former Great Britain Olympian Richard Martell, who scored the fourth of their five goals.
On the debut of his former Reading team-mate Martell, Barnes reflected: “His range of passes is quite amazing and something that this league will not have seen before. “He brings a calmness to the group as well and brings other players in to the game, the other full back and half backs, as well as the ability to push back to front.”
Chichester were chasing the game from the sixth minute onwards when Jamie Rawlings converted a penalty corner set up by Jack Gilbert, who rifled home Fareham‘s second before having a potential third goal (from a rasping reverse stick shot) disallowed for a foot infringement.
“Jack had a very good game, when he plays with that intensity both with the ball and how he presses he is a very effective player for us. He will score more goals I am sure as he was a little disappointed to have missed out on more,” Barnes said.
Alex Thakore excelled in Chichester’s increasingly overworked defence - a beaten out Alex Pendle short corner being virtually the visitors’ only scoring chance of the first half.
Any prospect Chichester had of rescuing the situation effectively ended two minutes into the second period when former team-mate Martin Gough pounced on a rebound off Bristow’s pads to make it 3-0 after the goalkeeper had made a fine save from Gilbert.
Pendle had another penalty corner foiled before Fareham, stepping up the intensity and hitting the woodwork through teenager Fergus Jackson, scored twice more in the last ten minutes, Martell rifling home a set piece and the influential Niall Stott making it 5-0 in the final play with a clever piece of stick play.
Barnes added: “Matt Ramsay had a good game in defence and along with Jamie Rawlins and others gives us players who can push through with the ball as well as overhead. He gives us many out-letting options of through, over or round which is nice. Half backs have more licence to attack wide if required.
“What pleased me the most against Chichester was our control of the game and scoring both open play and penalty corners.
“There are areas to improve for certain, the game was a bit scrappy at times and we missed some opportunities to score.
“I think we also defended well but Chichester had their chances, three penalty corners and three other scoring opportunities which we can try to reduce.
“But teams will always have chances and play well which is natural, we kept their good players quiet for the most part of the game, so I am really happy with the performance overall and the result can take care of itself if the performance keeps improving.”
Worried team-mates surround Jack Lerwill, who could miss the remainder of Chichester’s season after dislocating his right shoulder early in the second half of a 5-0 mauling by England Hockey Western Conference rivals Fareham at Henry Cort.
Lerwill was taken to hospital where X-rays confirmed a dislocated AC (Acromioclavicular joint), which will leave the Chichester stalwart on the sidelines for some time.
Lerwill is the second local hockey player inside a week to suffer a serious injury - Havant's Brad Lock fracturing his cheekbone at ISCA last weekend.
Picture: Neil Marshall.
Trojans have slipped eight points behind Guildford in the chase for the South Premier Division 2 honours after being held to a goalless draw at High Wycombe.
It wasn’t for the want of trying, Trojans simply couldn’t convert their chances into goals – unlike Guildford, who thrashed Slough 7-2 to strengthen their position at the top.
Trojans will need to rekindle their goal-scoring form when third-placed West Hampstead visit Stoneham lane on Saturday, 1.30.
Bournemouth lie third in Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 after a 4-3 win over Purley Walcountians, with Charlie Cooper, Ross Hattemore, Tom McKinley, and Lymington cricketer Conor Moors on target.
Fareham II’s good form continued, a 5-1 drubbing of Haslemere being their fourth win on the bounce. Exciting teenager Fergus Jackson (right) put his GCSE studies aside to score twice, alongside Fergus Jackson (2), Scotsman Christian McKenna, Aidan Paige, and Neil West.
A 1-0 victory over Chichester ensured Havant IIs remained at the top of Regional 2, ahead of Andover and Wimborne Wayfarers.
Trojans strolled into the last 16 of England Hockey's Tier 2 Championships with a crushing 8-1 win over visiting West Wilts at Stoneham Lane.
Dan Ferrier and Dave McNee each scored twice for Trojans, with Rich Aves, Matty Bell, Finn Berg and James Butt scoring singles. Trojans led 3-1 at half-time.
Havant share top place with Olton & West Warwicks in England Hockey’s Western Conference after a 4-1 win over Isca in Exeter – but the victory came at significant cost with Bradley Lock sustaining serious facial injuries after being hit with a stick.
Lock was taken to Exeter hospital with 63 stitches inserted after suffering a fractured cheekbone with nerve damage.
Havant were a goal up through Michael Deller-Merricks at the time and were clearly shaken by the seriousness of Lock’s injury, which led to play being delayed for some time.
Right on the half-time break, however, Havant doubled their lead through Jack Stubbings and ten minutes into the second half made it 3-0 from a Matt Cox penalty corner.
Jon Wright converted a penalty stroke to rekindle Isca’s hopes, but a swift counter-attack and a fine finish by Miguel Rodrigues made it 4-1 to the joint table toppers.
Chichester were always playing catch-up after falling two goals behind at half-time, but produced a determined second half comeback before conceding a 3-2 defeat to Cardiff & Met in the only Western Conference match to survive the icy conditions.
Cardiff, who included ‘on loan’ Fareham prospect Will Raymond in their ranks, took an early lead through Jack Pritchard and doubled it on the break through Ieuan Davies.
Alex Baxter converted a 50th minute penalty corner to put Chichester back in it, but Callum Mackenzie restored Cardiff’s two-goal lead soon after. Another short corner conversion, this time by Alex Messenger, on the hour mark set up a tense finish.
Fareham’s visit to Team Bath (now February 16) was iced off, as was Trojans’ ladies fixture at Stourport. Trojans and Winchester men were similarly frozen out.
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