Adrian Wilkinson, pictured, blew the cobwebs off his hockey stick to score a spectacular second half hat-trick and send Winchester II into the Hampshire Open League Cup final.
The former England wingman, capped while playing national league hockey for Havant and Guildford, seldom plays these days.
But he made quite an impact for Winchester after semi-final opponents Fareham II had clawed back a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Henry Cort.
Winchester saw their 2-0 lead from a disputed Greg Cox opener and Stuart Swift’s penalty stroke whisked away by strikes from Fareham pair George Davey and Luke Gould.
Wilkinson restored Winchester’s lead on the hour-mark and then, after teen Fergus Jackson had come within inches of making it 3-3, turned the clock back a decade with a blistering shot which arrowed into the top right-hand corner.
He went on to complete his hat-trick as Winchester clinched a cup final showdown with Andover with a 5-2 win.
Fareham overcame the nerve racking ordeal of a penalty shoot out victory over Winchester before clinching their place in Hampshire's Hockey Cup final with a comfortable 4-0 win over Trojans.
They shared a 2-2 draw with Winchester before edging the shoot-out 4-3 - Ben Hibberd sealing the city side's fate by hitting the post with the fifth and last stroke.
Fareham will play old adversaries Havant in the county final on May 7 - Havant brushing aside Aldershot & Farnham 5-0 before beating Southampton 2-1 in the semis.
Winchester twice hit back from behind to force a penalty stroke showdown.
Will Jones gave Fareham the lead after a slick break own the left involving Dan Evans, but Winchester levelled before half-time, Kent Langridge equalising with a disputed, deflected shot which Fareham claimed was rising above the back boards.
A trademark penalty corner by Jamie Rawlings restored Fareham's lead - only for Kieron Molloy to take the tie into a shoot out.
Fareham prevailed 4-3 on strokes, each goalkeeper making one save before Hibberd hit the upright and sent the city side home for an early lunch.
The semi-final proved a second half stroll for Fareham, who turned up the heat in the second half against Trojans, with Jamie Rawlings converting two short corners and younger brother Scott also on target. They won 4-0.
Teenager Ethan Hoddle scored twice in Havant’s 5-0 quarter-final win over Aldershot & Farnham, with Peter Lane, Freddie Hares, and Jack Stubbings adding their names to the list.
Hoddle’s spectacular second half reverse stick shot proved a winner in Havant’s 2-1 semi-final victory over Southampton.
Earlier, British Colleges starlet Hares fired Havant ahead, but Lukas Drumm equalised.
Southampton edged out Wimborne Wayfarers 2-1 in the previous round, with Todd Clark’s goal for the Dorset side proving only a consolation against strikes by Drumm and Joe Barber’s winner.
Andover hit Southampton University for six before clinching their place in next month’s Hampshire Hockey Trophy final with a 2-1 win over cup holders, Salisbury.
Jack Trott, Ben Anthpony, Alex Griffiths, George Almark, Dan Allen and Liam O’Sullivan all hit the target as the Lions ran amok in the quarter-finals against the Wessex students, whom they beat 6-0 in the Southampton Sports Centre sunshine.
But Salisbury, who beat Aldershot & Farnham 2-1 in last season’s final, proved far tougher opposition in the semi.
O’Sullivan fired Andover ahead, but Mark Antrobus, who scored in Salisbury’s 2-1 quarter-final win over US Portsmouth, put the Bemerton side level.
Salisbury’s joy was short lived, however, as Ben Anthony celebrated Andover’s winner minutes later.
Bournemouth, who thrashed Yateley 7-0, will face Andover in the Trophy final at Aldershot on May 7.
Andover won the cup two seasons ago, beating Yateley in a dramatic penalty shoot-out final.
Andover seconds will also be in cup final action that day – against Winchester II in the Hampshire Open League Trophy
Hampshire Cup quarter-finals
Fareham 2 (Jones, J Rawlings) Winchester 2 (Langridge, Molloy). Fareham won 4-3 on penalties. Havant 5 (Hoddle 2, Hares, lane, Stubbings) Aldershot & Farnham 0. Southampton 2 (Drumm, Barber) Wimborne Wayfarers 1
Trojans 0 Fareham 4, Havant 2 (Hoddle, Hares) Southampton 1 (Drumm).
Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals
Hamble 1 Yateley 1 Yateley won 4-3 on penalties. Andover 6 (Almark, Anthony, Allen, Griffiths, O’Sullivan, Trott) Southampton University 0, Salisbury 2 (Antrobous, Powell) US Portsmouth 1.
Bournemouth 7 Yateley 0, Andover 2 (Antrobous, Powell) Salisbury 1 (O’Sullivan).
Winchester face Fareham in a Hampshire Cup men’s cup double this weekend, with the respective first teams teeing off in the 1st XI competition at the Southampton Sports Centre on Saturday morning (10) and the second teams meeting in the Open League Cup semi-finals at Henry Cort on Sunday, 11.30.
The city club lost 3-2 to Fareham in the England Hockey Cup earlier this season and, with several ex-Fareham players in their ranks, are seeking revenge.
The winners will play Trojans in a lunchtime semi-final, while Southampton take on Wimborne Wayfarers for a place in the last four.
Weekend fixtures -
Hampshire Cup quarter-finals
10: Fareham v Winchester, 11.10: Havant v Aldershot & Farnham, 12.20: Southampton v Wimborne Wayfarers.
1.35: Trojans v Fareham or Winchester, 2.45: Havant/Aldershot & Farnham v Southampton/Wimborne Wayfarers.
Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals
10: Hamble v Yateley, 11.10: Andover v Southampton University, 12.20: Salisbury v US Portsmouth.
1.35: Bournemouth v Hamble/Yateley, 2.45: Andover/Southampton University v Salisbury/US Portsmouth.
Hampshire Open League Cup semi-finals
Andover v Haslemere (John Hanson, 4), Fareham v Winchester (Henry Cort, 11.30).
Fareham v New Forest (Henry Cort, 1.30), Winchester v Trojans (Kings’, 12.30).
Bournemouth - cup final bound
Back (from left): Tom Candy, Fin Dalton, Harry Pickard, Lochie Fulton, Jez Le Boutillier, Jordan Baker, Harry Minall, Matt Daubenay, George Baugniet. Front: George Robson, Morgan Goldsack, Todd Wichello, Jack Taylor, Chris Rutland, Richie Steavenson, Nick Nurse.
Bournemouth Boys are through to the final of next month’s England Boys Under-18 Championships after a thrilling 4-1 win over Leek at Chapel Gate.
They produced a stirring second half performance to beat their Staffordshire visitors and clinch a cup final showdown with Marlow at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on May 12.
Bournemouth, who had beaten Clifton Robinsons 7-1, Havant 3-2, Plymouth Marjon 4-2 and Winchester 3-1 to reach the semi-final, changed round 1-1 at half-time, with goalkeeper Jess Baker making several important saves before being beaten by a Leek penalty corner strike that equalised Richie Steavenson’s opener.
Bournemouth regained the lead with a superb reverse stick shot from Harry Pickard that arrowed into the top corner.
As Leek pushed forward in search of an equaliser, Bournemouth struck twice on the counter with Steavenson scoring his second before setting up George Baugniet to score the fourth cup final clinching goal.
* Bournemouth face Havant in the Hampshire Boys Under-18 Cup final at Aldershot on May 7.
Fareham’s champion ladies
Back (from left): Sandra Turner, Georgia Collins, Nichola Etherington, Rebecca Knight, Ruby Larcombe, Heidi Podd, Hannah Masson, Laura Pendleton. Front: Hannah Gribble, Gracie Coleman, Nicola Pendleton, Alice Appleford, Nicola Denham. Goalkeeper: Keara Stone.
Fareham ladies seconds swept to the Hampshire Women’s League Division 2 title in some style, winning 20 of their 22 matches to secure a remarkable fourth promotion in six seasons.
Georgia Collins (16), Louisa Palmer (14) and Nichola Etherington (10) led the way as Fareham scored 79 goals, securing promotion in late February with four games still to play.
“It’s a remarkable achievement considering the Fareham second side was only formed in 2012, this season’s record being outstanding considering the rapid rise through the leagues,” beamed manager Richard Cornish.
“This is part of our five-year rolling plan to increase participation and the quality of ladies hockey at Fareham. We’ve doubled the number of girls playing hockey at the club from 30 to 60 and next season will field teams in South League Division 3B and Hampshire League Division 1, a commendable achievement.”
Winchester seconds rounded off their Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 season with a 1-0 win over Wanderers to finish in a satisfactory mid-table position.
Winchester had early chances which fell to Matt Stokes and Stuart Swift and a forced a number of penalty corner blanks before Adam Major slammed home what was to be the winner one minute before the break courtesy of great work down the right from Andy Winnett and Craig Jeffery.
The second half started well for Winchester with Winnett and Greg Cox forcing two great saves in quick succession from the Wanderers keeper.
For much of the remainder of the half, Wanderers swarmed around the Winchester "D" and whilst, for most part the home team showed discipline in repelling the threat, they were fortunate to survive a couple of self inflicted, heart-stoppers.
The final play of the game saw Stuart Swift full clear of the defence, but his one-on-one with the keeper was well saved, not adding to his excellent return of 24 league goals this season.
But while Winchester finish the season contented, Southampton are left to sweat on the outcome of the South League play-offs to see whether they will accompany relegated Romsey into the Hampshire League next season.
The local pair have both finished their fixtures, fate now resting with issues out of their control in the pyramid above.
A goal behind inside 30 seconds and six down at half-time, Fareham predictably exited England Hockey’s Premier Cup competition, beaten 7-1 by National League giants Reading at rain soaked Sonning.
Fareham’s young side were simply blown away by Reading’s pace and slick penalty corner routines with the gulf in class between the two sides all too evident for the opening 35 minutes.
But with a defeat of potentially embarrassing proportions beckoning, Fareham did redeem themselves after the break, with Tom Larcombe getting the visitors on the score-sheet and Reading only scoring their seventh and final goal in the final play.
Fareham coach Ben Barnes, who enjoyed some of the high-spots of his own playing career at Reading, admitted his youngsters had been taught a hockey lesson in the first half, but took a lot of positives from their second half display.
“We were shown the gulf of class between the two levels in the first half,” he admitted.
“We were too deep which allowed Reading to pass the ball around us down the right side in particular. They won corners and scored open play too easily.”
Even competing with the side that finished fifth in the National League was going to be a tall ask for Fareham.
But, with a handful of senior players absent, to fall behind to a Tom Carson strike almost straight from the start was the stuff worst nightmares are made of.
Playing with real pace, Reading tore Fareham to shreds with three slick short corner conversions following in quick successions after Carson’s opener.
Fareham had been hit for six by half-time, with Canford-schooled Ben Boon also on target.
“In the second half we played higher and they sat back a bit which allowed us back in to it,” Barnes added.
Tom Larcombe responded with his maiden senior goal, before Reading scored their seventh right on the final whistle.
Reflecting, Barnes said: “The cup run has allowed the younger players to get very valuable experience of first team hockey.
“The three Rawlings brother and James Seager were good as was Luke Cornish and Chris Davey, who did not stop running and tried to take the game to Reading, especially in the second half.
“Phil Larcombe really impressed me, calm, good quality on the ball. He has a bright future.
“But overall it gives us an incentive to train hard and replicate some of the hockey we saw Reading play in the first half.
“We played with more intent second half and competed.”
• Fareham seconds finished a creditable fifth in Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 after a young side travelled to Thames-side and beat runners-up Barnes 3-0.
Fergus Jackson gave Fareham a first half lead, which George Davey (after some excellent play by Jamie Young) and Scott Rawlings improved upon.
Fareham go into Sunday's England Hockey Cup quarter -final tie against Reading aiming to pull off the biggest shock result in the club's history.
But the odds are stacked against them as they travel to face the National Premier Division giants on their Sonning water-based surface (2.30) minus three influential players.
Skipper Alex Boxall, Australian Dave Andersson and marksman Martin Gough all miss the tie against the Berkshire club, who finished fifth in the Premier Division this term.
Reading are without a host of players involved in Commonwealth Games duty on Australia's Gold Coast, but Fareham coach Ben Barnes warns they will still be a formidable outfit.
"They will still have a host of Internationals and field a very strong squad," he pointed out.
"But anything can happen in 70 minutes. We need to play with confidence and be positive to get anything out of the game, but have every chance of being very competitive."
Barnes has every reason to look forward to what will be a nostaglic return to Reading, where he enjoyed considerable success in his playing days.
"When I was there we won three premierships, four HA cups, were twice league winners and once European Club champions. Happy days," he smiled.
King Edward VI pair Rory Penrose (left) and Harry Croft-Baker, who play their club hockey at Winchester, celebrated England selection in the Under-16 Easter Internationals against Holland. The duo were part of the squad which played three matches against the Dutch, losing 4-3, drawing 3-3 and then, leg weary, losing 7-1. The teenagers hope to have convinced selectors to retain their places in the England squad to face Ulster over the May bank holiday weekend.
Trojans heroes. (top from left): Matty Bell, James Lander (Winchester), Sam Rachman (Winchester), Will Fleming (Winchester), Jameel Khan, Neil West (Fareham), Sam Allsop. Front: Tommy Maidment, Aidan Page (Fareham), Toby Dudson, Joe Murphy, James Diaper (Winchester), Nathan Hastings.
A Trojans Invitation side, including youngsters from Fareham and Winchester, carried off the HDM Easter international tournament trophy in Holland.
They won all five group matches before beating the host club HDM 5-2 in the final, Matty Bell finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with ten goals and Peter Symonds’ starlet Toby Dudson named top individual player.
Trojans began with a 3-0 win over German side TSV Mannheim before thrashing South Africans Menopark B 8-0.
A third win followed against HDM (4-2) before Proteas Menlopark A provided the toughest group contest, the South Africans providing difficult to break down.
The final group game was against Switzerland, Trojans expanding a 2-1 interval lead into a 10-1 thrashing with Sam Allsop scoring the goal of the tournament and Winchester’s Will Fleming netting four times. Trojans won the final 5-2.
Southampton are eying a possible fourth place finish in South Women's League Division 3B after ending their campaign with a sparkling 7-2 win at relegated Wimbledon.
They will end up fourth if Teddington fail to beat Tulse Hill & Dulwich this weekend.
Lou Hopkins (left) led the way with a hat-trick as Southampton scored seven times for the second consecutive match - winless Worthing having been steam-rollered 7-0 the previous week.
Lauren Carter got the Southampton spree under way with a bullet-like shot from a penalty corner, which Hopkins soon doubled. Wimbledon pulled one back, but by half-time a Bernie Jones deflection put Southampton 3-1 up.
Early second half strikes by Hopkins and Sue Merry effectively ended it as a contest, although Wimbledon did claw it back to 5-2 before Southampton added two more goals.
Hopkins completed her hat-trick before Naomi Bulkeley completed the scoring.
* Southampton's 'Back to Hockey' sessions are under way at the Southampton Sports Centre on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 7.30pm.
Peter Symonds have stormed into the last eight of the England Hockey Boys' Plate competition on the back of a 14-goal blast.
They teed up a quarter-final meeting with Charterhouse at Trojans on Thursday April 19 (4.30pm) with thumping wins over St John's Leatherhead and Dr Challoner's.
Winchester's Isaac Hocking led the way with a brace in the 8-0 third round romp against St John's and notched a hat-trick when PSC thrashed Dr Challoner's 6-1 in the next round.
Kabir Sahota (2), Tom Croft-Baker, Zac Cooper, Tim Loescher and Angus Haigh completed the scoring against St John's, while James Bryan, Croft-Baker and Jack England also got their names on the score-sheet as Symonds' hit Dr Challoner's for six.
Peter Symonds' are already through to next month's AOC English Colleges Cup finals against Birmingham Met.
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