Two goals in the last eight minutes gave Havant a slightly flattering 5-3 win over Chichester, who levelled on three separate occasions before conceding a Western Conference derby defeat.
The result moves Havant up into fourth position in the league table on nine points.
It was Charlie Stubbings who scored Havant’s first in the fifth minute. Teenager Ethan Hoddle’s deflected shot was saved by Chichester keeper Chris Bristow, but the rebound fell into the path of Stubbings, who hit the ball high into the netting.
It only took Chichester two minutes to level the score after Maciej Pacanowski had made a save, but the ball got stuck under his body and whilst he tried to clear the ball to safety Alex Baxter reacted quicker than anyone else to equalise.
After end- to-end hockey Havant won their first penalty corner in the 18th minute, which resulted in the lead being restored. Bristow dived low on his right hand post, saving the initial shot but pushed the ball into Chris Smith, who had run towards the goal having injected the corner, Chris made no mistake with the finish.
Chichester constantly looked dangerous and it was clear why they had scored so many goals so far this season.
They narrowly missed the goal with a shot in the 20th minute and were effective at deflecting the ball into the opposition circle for forwards to run onto.
Such a routine lead to Chichester’s first penalty corner in the 22nd minute, which was saved by Maciej. A few minutes later they won a second short corner after a rash tackle and again this was defended well, firstly by Maciej and then by Craig Duffy.
As the first half was coming to the end Havant had a couple of good circle entries, but it was Chichester who scored an equaliser with two minutes left on the clock.
A defensive error gifted Chichester the ball on the top of the circle and Charlie Gibbons made no mistake sending the teams into half time on level terms 2-2.
Chichester started the second half on the front foot, but it was Charlie Stubbings who restored Havant's lead in the 41st minute.
His reverse shot from the left hand side of the circle rocketed into the side netting of Bristow's goal.
Again Chichester were not to be denied and on the 52nd minute Charlie Gibbons touched the ball home round Maciej on the far post, after a good Chichester build up down the left and a centre into the circle.
At 3-3 it was anyone’s game with end-to-end hockey producing opportunities at both ends of the pitch.
Havant won their second penalty corner in the 62nd minute when Jack Stubbings was fouled in the circle, his retaliation earning a five minute yellow card. The resulting corner was converted by Federico Bertoni with an outstanding flick giving Bristow no chance.
Chichester won two late penalty corners that were both saved by Maciej and in a last ditch move for another equaliser Chichester changed Bristow for a kicking back, which back fired when Miguel Rodrigues found the empty net in the last minute of the game.
Depleted Winchester were hit for six by South League Premier Division high fliers Old Cranleighians, who scored four unanswered first goals and ran out comfortable 6-2 winners.
It was Winchester’s third successive defeat after a two-win opener to the league season.
They took only 13 players to Thames Ditton, with retired former Fareham goalkeeper and now Winchester coach George Harris having to dust off his face mask and pads and play.
He explained: “We are very short of numbers at the moment and taking 13 players into the game forced our hands a little.
“Having to play deeper and conserve energy isn’t really our game. I was also pressed into service given injuries and unavailability of our goalies and had a poor game.”
Matt Murphy notched a hat-trick as OC’s strolled into a 4-0 half-time lead through some poor midfield and defensive turnovers and a soft penalty corner.
“I called for some pride in the shirt at half time and the team delivered, with Kieran Molloy and teenager Rory Penrose pulling two goals back,” Harris added.
“We exerted pressure much higher up the field (where we are more comfortable) and competed a lot better effectively drawing the second half 2-2.
“In reality, with the depth of squad we should be targeting a top four place and, whilst we want to win every game, the Wayfarers and OCs results won’t define our season.
“We now have two games against Henley (King’s, Saturday, 2pm) and Banbury which even at this stage are critical to us getting back on track.
“We have players returning which will give us a boost and we will make the necessary tactical tweaks needed this week to give us the best chance in those games.”
Trojans are back up to second place in South League Premier Division 2 after a 5-1 victory over Wycombe, who were previously the leading scorers in the division.
They had surrendered their unbeaten record with a disappointing performance at Tulse Hull the previous week, but were far better against Wycombe, with
Ben Frost (above) converting the side's first penalty corner and Ian Bassett making it 2-0, scoring one handed whilst on the floor after seeing his initial deflection saved by the goalkeeper.
The second half was even for the first 15 minutes, with Steve Cole making a number of fine saves, and Harry Warren and Matt Bridger making numerous fine challenges.
The game opened up when Trojans scored their third through Ben Cole after an excellent move with the evergreen Paul Hilton.
Sam Burroughs scored a consolation Wycombe goal from a penalty corner, but Trojans dispelled any fears of a nervy ten minutes with two quick goals, a short corner conversion by Dan Ferrier, and another trademark wallop by Scott Summers, to close the game out 5-1.
Fareham are off the mark with a six !
They broke their National League Western Conference win duck with a resounding 6-1 win over Isca, New Zealander Jack Gilbert scoring four of the goals.
It was all done and dusted before half-time, with the Kiwi’s clinical ‘old school’ finishing sentencing the Devon visitors to a fifth successive defeat.
Fareham hit the ground running with a ‘route one’ goal in the eighth minute – the returning Jamie Rawlings hoisting a huge aerial pass into Isca territory and Gilbert finishing the move.
Three more goals in a sparkling ten minute spell effectively ended the duel between the Western Conference bottom two.
Gilbert doubled the scoring from a Chris Davey free-hit, Niall Stott rifled home a penalty corner and Rawlings sent home a trademark drag flick to make it 4-0 at the break.
“In the 15 minutes leading up to half-time we were particularly good, but we ought to have put more of our chances away,” head coach Ben Barnes reflected.
“Having Jamie back (after a brief spell at Reading) made a huge difference. He formed a good partnership with Guy Bristowe.
“We worked hard at training for our back four to become a springboard for our attack. They gave us a good foundation from which to play.”
Fareham’s fifth early in the second half came from Gilbert after Rawlings had crashed a drag flick against the crossbar.
Isca enjoyed their best period after that, Will Gardner coring and Fareham goalkeeper Tom Mallon being forced into several fine saves.
Chances continued at the other end, however, with Gilbert scoring his fourth goal to complete a fine afternoon’s work.
Havant repelled three separate Chichester comebacks to win 5-3, while Fareham seconds emerged 5-2 winners at Haslemere, with George Davey and Aidan Page scoring twice each.
Amy Sheehan notched a hat-trick as Trojans’ ladies swept to a 4-3 win over lowly Exe – the result lifting them to fifth place in the Investec Women’s Western Conference table.
The Romsey school PE hot shot scored two second half goals after the Exeter girls had clawed back to 2-2 at the interval.
Exe took an 18th minute lead through Emily Mitcham but, having taken their time to become accustomed to the slow St Peter’s School playing surface, equalised from a Sheehan reverse stick shot.
Six minutes later Jenny Gough fired Trojans ahead, but right on the half-time whistle Lorel Wallis equalised from a well executed penalty corner.
Trojans upped the tempo at the start of the second half with Sheehan scoring a stunning third goal after lifting the ball over the sticks of two Exe defenders and, at full stretch, sending the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
When Sheehan completed her hat-trick from a move initiated by Charlotte Steinbrecher, Trojans were virtually home and dry, but Mitchem got a consolation third for Exe right on the whistle.
Winchester seconds made hard work of despaching Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 bottom club EUHC Gamblers 3-2, although the Crystal Palace-based visitors showed ability that should see them out of season-end trouble.
There was little subtlety in the game from start to finish as both teams launched long range assault after assault on each others goals.
However, Winchester's first goal was a delight as Rob Craddock rolled a clever pass to James Lander on the by-line, cutting back for the evergreen Stuart Swift to sweep home.
Goalkeeper Justin Smith only had one save to make in the first half, but that did not include a Gamblers strike smashing against an upright.
Eric Woodward had an opportunity to extend Winchester's lead, but was adjudged to have used the back of his stick in putting the ball over the unguarded line from six inches out.
Gamblers equalised in the opening minutes of the second half, but after a series of penalty corners, Winchester finally went the direct route, Greg Cox planting his drag-flick high into the net to make it 2-1.
Five minutes later Winchester seemed to have safe secured the points when Cox's solo run saw the ball roll to Swift, striking home on the half volley.
The remaining ten minutes were almost calamitous for the home team as they failed to retain possession in chasing down an unnecessary fourth goal and being hit constantly on the counter.
Gamblers’ second goal came from a penalty corner with seven minutes remaining and a third looked on the cards with another corner deep into injury time, but Winchester survived.
Kiwi Jack Gilbert, pictured, scored four times as Fareham hit Western Conference strugglers Isca for six and get their first win points of the season on the board.
The New Zealander celebrated his hat-trick inside the opening 28 minutes, with a Niall Stott penalty corner giving Fareham a 4-0 interval lead.
Jamie Rawlings marked his Fareham comeback with a second half goal before Gilbert got his fourth. Fareham ran out 6-1 winners.
Havant beat Chichester 5-3 in the derby, with Charlie Stubbings scoring twice, the visitors clinching victory with two goals in the last eight minutes.
Full coverage of both matches will appear here later.
Amy Sheehan notched a hat-trick as Trojans stormed to a thrilling 4-3 win over Investec Women's Western Conference rivals Exe, where skipper Jenny Gough was also on target.
In the South Men's League, Winchester were hit for six by Premier Division leaders Old Cranleighians (6-2), but Trojans thumped Wycombe 5-1 to move second in SPL2.
Jamie Rawlings is back at Fareham – and his switch from Reading hasn’t come a penalty corner too soon !
He decided at the end of last season to try his hand in the top flight of England hockey, but the move to Sonning didn’t work out and he’ll be back in Fareham’s all black strip for Sunday’s crucial basement battle against Isca at Henry Cort, 1.30.
With only six goals in four winless games, Fareham have undoubtedly missed Rawlings’ drag flick qualities. They will be desperate for him to be on target against Exeter-based Isca, who have lost all four games.
Pick of Sunday's Western Conference matches is the Chichester-Havant derby, 1pm.
Chichester scored three goals in 12 second half minutes to overturn a 3-2 deficit and beat National League Western Conference rivals Olton & West Warwicks 5-4 in a nine goal thriller.
They twice took a first half lead, but seven minutes into the second period, the Midlanders’ were in front themselves, only for Chichester to launch a terrific comeback.
Ollie Baxter and Alex Pendle got the first half goals for Chi, only for Fareham-raised Steve Batten to scored twice and then Chris Rawlings (43) give Olton the 3-2 advantage.
But Olton were blown away as strikes by Alex Messenger (49), Pendle (59) and Andy Sparshott (61) put Chichester 5-3 up.
Peter Jackson’s fourth goal for Olton five minutes from time set up a nerve racking finale, but Chichester hung on to boost dressing room confidence ahead of Sunday’s derby with Havant.
A fine individual goal by Charlie Stubbings on the stroke of half-time secured an important 2-1 win for Havant over arch local rivals Fareham, the result leaving the visitors in a precarious position second from bottom of the Western Conference, with only one point out of a possible 12.
There was little between the teams in the first 10 minutes with Havant being guilty of not keeping possession of the ball with Fareham creating turnovers. These early turnovers created territory advantage for the visitors restricting Havant to break- aways.
It was from one of these thrusts (in the 18th minute) that saw Havant take the lead. Craig Duffy won the ball in Havant territory and, after carrying it over the half way line, moved it on to Charlie Stubbings who, on approaching the Fareham circle, slipped the ball to Ethan Hoddle who, in turn, spun in front of Kiwi keeper Tom Mallor and set up Mike Deller-Merricks to make it 1-0.
A couple of minutes later Polish international Maciej Pacanowski came to Havant’s rescue after he saved at close range. But he was unable to prevent Fareham levelling from a 31st minute penalty corner.
He blocked Niall Stott’s shot, but Jonathan Price was quickest to react from the rebound to score his first national league goals in almost five years.
It looked liked the teams would go into the half time break locked at 1-1, when Charlie Stubbings scored a good individual goal, running into the circle along the left bye-line and eliminating a number of defenders before squeezing the ball into the Fareham goal at the near post.
The goal-less second half did not provide exciting flowing hockey with Fareham having the lion’s share of territory. Havant looked dangerous on numerous attacks by lacked the finesse to punish the visitors. Fareham won their second penalty corner in the 41st minute which resulted in a long corner. Havant won their first penalty corner of the game in the 48th minute which resulted in two retakes before a variation broke down.
Midway through the second half, Pacanowski pulled out an outstanding save when the unmarked Jack Gilbert save his shot deflected just wide .
Havant's attacks centred around the outstanding Matt Cox, being instrumental in most of his side’s attacks.
Subsequently, Havant’s best open play chances fell to Matthew Boote, who had an open shot on goal saved and also a deflected a cross from Akhtar Ali that was well saved at the Fareham’s keepers near post.
This result sees pointless Isca and Fareham at the bottom of the table ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Henry Cort, 1.30. Only one point separates the teams from 8th to 1st in the table.
A well-drilled, talented London Wayfarers outfit took the points from a South League Premier Division encounter at Kings’ - an industrious Winchester keeping themselves in it right up to the dying moments of an enthralling game, which the city side won 3-2.
Busy movement around the Winchester "D" from Wayfarers paid dividends in the first three minutes as a ball slammed into the the area was diverted by Alex Penney past keeper Dave Jones.
Winchester struck back almost immediately as Micah Smithard pinched the ball off an unwary defender, drove into the area and buried his reverse hit strike.
Winchester held the visitors to 1-1 at half-time although it was the Battersea-based opposition who had exerted most of the goalmouth danger with keeper Jones being called on to a number of times.
Just after a great point-blank save early in the second half, Jones repeated this moments later, only for Penney to mark his second goal after a series of pinball-like diversions in front of goal.
As before, Winchester responded quickly, skipper Kieran Malloy taking a free hit to himself just outside the area, driving-in and passing the ball across the face of goal to the waiting Mark Maunsell.
Winchester started to win some excellent possession in their own half, but went through a period of misplaced and forced passing which meant most attacks burned out quickly and Wayfarers were at them again.
However, there was no cageyness from either team as both were determined to win and piled forward. Wayfarers missed an open goal as the ball travelled agonisingly along an unattended goalline.
At the other end Kent Langridge forced a good save but with three minutes left on the clock, Wayfarers won a penalty corner and Penney finished off his hat trick sending the ball between Jones and the post man to take the lead for the third and final time.
Teenager Rory Penrose could have taken a point at the death, but the visiting keeper saved well.
* Trojans suffered their first SPL2 defeat, losing 2-1 at Tulse Hill & Dulwich, where Richard Aves was on target.
Havant can enjoy the local autumn bragging rights after beating Fareham 2-1 in National League Western Conference derby at Havant College.
Charlie Stubbings hit Havant's winner just before half-time after Jon Price had cancelled out Michael Deller-Merricks' 18th minute opener for the hosts.
Teenager Alex Pendle scored twice as Chichester pulled off a fine 5-4 win over Olton & West Warwicks, but there were South League defeats for Winchester (3-2 v London Wayfarers) and Trojans, who lost 2-1 at Tulse Hill & Dulwich.
Winchester finally put Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 points on the board at the third attempt as they laid on a second half display of high quality to beat Camberley and Farnborough 4-2.
Camberley took the lead on ten minutes, punishing severely some deep midfield hesitation and blasting the ball into the corner. Five minutes later, the home team responded with a well worked penalty corner routine, Greg Cox striking from Adam Major's deft left slip. The remaining first half saw Ally Birch make two tremendous saves to keep Winchester on par, but was unable to stop a Camberley drag-flick to his right as retook the lead.
Greg Cox (left above) was on target again soon after the break, with a drag down the centre, but on 60 minutes, Winchester took the lead for the first time as two rapid passes from left back found Stuart Swift on his own high up the pitch. Controlling a high bouncing ball, Swift rounded the sole defender and crashed home his reverse strike. A memorable moment for those watching.
Shortly afterwards, Rob Craddock took control of penalty corner duties and flashed his strike past the keeper to ensure Winchester's first league victory.
Trojans maintained second place in South League Premier Division 2 after scoring twice in each half to beat Blackheath & Elthamians 4-1 at Stoneham Lane.
The initial ten minutes were a relative stale mate with Trojans pressing Blackheath high, without creating any clear chances.
But Trojans pressure paid off when Scott Summers found new boy Jonny Baker for a tap in at the back post.
Shortly after Rich Aves broke free to find James Butt who put the ball away calmly to give Trojans a 2-0 interval lead.
A scrappy Blackheath response from David Lawrence put the North Kent visitors back in the game before Peter Symondians College ace Toby Dudson celebrated his maiden South League goal after a neat move with Dan Ferrier.
Coach Ian Bassett explained: “The goal was relatively fortunate, Toby re-joining the game after a green card suspension in the middle of a Trojans counter attack.
“Normally a right-back, he found himself in unusual territory but took his chance well for his first senior goal.
”There were long celebrations at Costa over the weekend.”
Trojans, who go to Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Saturday, finished the game off with a fourth goal, after Dave McNee found Scott Summers for a trade mark wallop into the net, with the Blackheath goalkeeper unmoved.
Three goals down after 23 minutes, all from penalty corners, Fareham produced a rousing comeback to force a 3-3 draw against Team Bath Buccaneers and get their first National League Western Conference point on the board.
Old boy Scott Rawlins returned to Henry Cort to haunt his old Fareham team-mates but converting two of the first three short corners Bath forced.
When the impressive John Jackson screamed a third drag flick into the Fareham net soon after, a third straight defeat beckoned for Ben Barnes’s side.
But Fareham dragged themselves back into the contest with a Niall Stott (pictured right) penalty corner of their own shortly before the break.
It lit the fuse of a thrilling second half, with Stott scoring again and Martin Gough (left) reverse sticking an equaliser.
As Fareham laid siege to the stretched Team Bath goal, so Chris Davey almost stole a victory, but the visitors finished strongly themselves.
Fareham seconds shattered Basingstoke’s two-match winning start with a 5-1 victory at Down Grange, where Christian McKenna (2), Fergus Jackson and the teenage Paige brothers, Aidan and Kieran were on target.
Profligate finishing in the period leading up to half-time culminated in Winchester being beaten 3-1 at Tunbridge Wells and surrendering their unbeaten South League Premier Division start in the process.
Winchester appeared to have picked themselves up after conceding an early penalty corner goal and when Ben Hibberd equalised they sensed a possible victory.
“We wasted three great chances to score before the break,” mused disappointed coach George Harris.
“In the second half we struggled to string five passes together and lost the ball countless times in midfield and were luck to only concede the two Tunbridge Wells got.
“I felt we were still in the game at 2-1 due to heroics from Dave Jones in goal but they wrapped it up with a minute to go.”
Trojans ladies clawed back a 2-1 half-time deficit to draw 2-2 with Swansea City and post their first Investec Women’s Western Conference point.
They took the lead through Charlotte Steinbrecher, who picked up a rebound off a blocked shot by Georgie Atkins, but by the break Trojans were trailing.
Although Trojans enjoyed the majority of the attacking play, their goalkeeper AJ Jenkins had to make some cricial saves before Cita Haines made it 2-2 with a superb reverse stick shot.
Southampton's Zoe Stride scored a last gasp equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw with Teddington, whose two-goal lead was cut initially by Lou Hopkins but then, after fine goalkeeping by Claire Hill, wiped out by Stride in the final play. It was Southampton's third draw in four.
Three goals down, all to penalty corners, inside 23 minutes, Fareham staged a terrific comeback to draw 3-3 with Team Bath Buccaneers at Henry Cort and get their first National League Western Conference point on the board.
Prospects looked bleak after Fareham old boy Scott Rawlings rifled two of Bath's first three set pieces past New Zealander Tom Mallon and even worse when John Jackson made it 3-0 from their fourth.
But two goals either side of half-time by Niall Stott (right) set up a grandstand finish. Martin Gough (left) equalised but despite several close attempts Fareham were unable to snatch a winner.
Havant, who host Fareham next Saturday lunchtime, lost 4-0 at Cardiff & Met, while Chichester leaked three goals inside the opening 13 minutes at Oxford Hawks and lost 3-1. Alex Holton scored for the visitors at 2-1.
Trojans ladies have their first Investec Women’s Western Conference point on the board after a 2-2 draw with Swansea Cuty at Stoneham Lane.
They took a 15th minute lead through Charlotte Steinbrecher, but by half-time were 2-1 in arrears. Tacita Haines equalised eight minutes into the second half.
In the South Men’s League Winchester went down 3-1 at Tunbridge Wells, but Trojans beat SPL2 rivals Blackheath 4-1 with Jonny Baker, James Butt, Toby Dudson, and Scott Summers on target.
Pointless after two away games, Fareham must defeat a Team Bath Buccaneers side they’ve never previously beaten at Henry Cort on Sunday (1.30), if they are to haul themselves off the National League Western Conference basement.
Fareham lost their opener 5-2 at Oxford Hawks and were beaten 3-0 at Birmingham University last week – a trend they must reverse against the Bath students, who have drawn both their games. Scott Rawlings plays against his former Fareham team-mates.
Havant are without the injured Charlie Stubbings for the tough trip to Cardiff & Met at Sophia Gardens, while Chichester go to Banbury Road to play Oxford Hawks, having thumped Isca 7-1 and let slip and 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 to surprise leaders Bristol University.
Joint Premier South 1 leaders Winchester look to make it three wins in a row at lowly Tunbridge Wells, while Trojans, having beaten Eastbourne 4-1 and shared the spoils in a 3-3 thriller at Guildford, host Blackheath at Stoneham Lane, 1.30pm.
Trojans ladies are ‘on court’ beforehand, looking to post their first points of the season against visiting Swansea City, noon.
Trojans shared the spoils in the 3-3 thriller with Guildford - Ian Bassett describing the game as "the best level of hockey I've been in South Premier League Division 2 in five years."
"Two good teams went head to head in a high press game full of pace, terrific to play in."
Trojans were 2-0 up just before half-time and restored their lead to 3-2 before Guildford got a late equaliser - but there were few complaints as the Surrey side are expected to feature strongly in the promotion race.
Trojans surprised Guildford with early pressure causing a number of turnovers in high areas culminating in a couple of early counter attacks by Trojans.
They took the lead after some good work by Ben Cole and Rich Aves, who fed it to Ian Bassett at the back post for an easy finish.
Scott Summers got a second goal in the 20th minute, but Guildford clawed a goal back just before the break through a James Dellis penalty stroke which the evergreen Steve Cole almost stopped.
Guildford built on an encouraging end to the first half and began to counter the Trojans pressing game with the same approach, causing high levels of pressure which were eventually rewarded by a Matt Fitter equaliser.
The game was poised at 2-2 for a large chunk of the second half before Dave McNee scored a goal from a sharp rebound to restore Trojans' lead.
Guildford pushed for the equaliser during this next spell, with Steve Cole having to make a string of saves to roll back the years.
Pressure eventually told when they won a controversial stick worked penalty
corner which Tylo Remke converted to make it 3-3.
Come rain or shine – and it certainly poured down throughout the 3-0 victory over Milton Keynes – nothing, it seems, can keep John Goodman away from a Winchester hockey match ... even at the ripe old age of 97 !
A Winchester HC Life Member and a Brother from St Cross Hospital, John turned 97 in August and doesn’t miss a game – even when it’s pelting down with rain !
Winchester share the South Premier League top spot with Old Cranleighans after cruising to a 3-0 win over Milton Keynes in the pouring Kings’ School rain.
First half goals by Ben Hibberd and Kent Langridge (left), and a late third by Micah Smithart enabled Winchester to build on the opening 5-2 victory at Indian Gymkhana.
“MK set their stall out to defend deep and try to break on us from the first whistle,” reflected Winchester coach George Harris.
“We created a few good chances in the first half to lead 2-0 at the break. Rather than come out and have a go, MK showed little intent in the second half and as such we struggled to create more than a handful of chances.
“We got the third in the last minute.
“Afterwards there was some frustration that we hadn’t opened them up more which I’m happy to hear from the team.
“I was particularly pleased with how we pressed our own turnovers to snuff out any threat from them.
“Despite missing Craig Simms (who sustained a head injury against Gymkhana) our full-back pairing of James Pawley and Alex Egerton-King were extremely dominant with and without the ball.”
* Winchester II left North East Hampshire a little grieved at a 2-1 scoreline in Aldershot & Farnham’s favour did them little justice in Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 match sprinkled liberally with scoring opportunities for both sides.
Two early goal attempts from Greg Cox and an Adam Major penalty corner drag flick that skimmed the bar, coupled with some important Ally Birch saves at the Winchester end, failed to break the deadlock in the first half.
They seemed to have taken a grip of the game ten minutes into the second period when James Baxter sent a driven pass from the left channel that Stuart Swift deflected home. But Aldershot responded quickly, picking up on a misplaced pass and firing past Birch.
Winchester had the bulk of attacking momentum but hockey legend Ian Jennings' coaching tactics kept Aldershot and Farnham's threat real and one sortie with ten minutes remaining led to a goalmouth incident that took the umpires five minutes to unpick, but a match winning penalty stroke was the result.
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