Sarah Johns inspired Winchester turned around a half-time deficit to beat Southampton 3-2 in the all-Hampshire South Women’s League Division 3B derby played in foul, wet Sports Centre weather.
A fine save by Shelly Mott denied Southampton early on and gave Winchester the incentive to forge ahead through a short corner conversion by Sarah Johns.
But Southampton scored twice through Naomi Bulkeley to take a 2-1 lead into the half-time break, her second from a penalty corner.
Winchester found themselves on the receiving end of multiple cards after the break, frequently having one or not two players in the sin-bin – but still managed to win the match.
As Southampton failed to take numerical advantage, so Johns unleashed a thunderbolt equaliser to make it 2-2 – after which Winchester’s depleted troops had to hold on.
Not only did they hold out, but also scored a third – another Johns penalty corner – to snatch victory against all the odds.
New Forest ladies dropped to second from bottom spot after a 5-2 defeat by Horsham, who twice took first half leads only to see their advantage wiped out by equalisers from Lia Waine and Jade Lock.
Horsham scored again but at 3-2, Isla Troup and Ella Adams went close. Two goals in the last seven minutes gave the West Sussex visitors a flattering 5-2 win.
Fareham ladies conceded two late penalties to suffer a 2-0 defeat at South Women's League Division 2 rivals East Grinstead - coach Steve Lemon's side once again being weakened by injuries and unavailability.
East Grinstead looked slightly the better side early on and it took some stubborn defending and good saves from Jilly Tovey to preserve a goal-less first half. Fareham had more purpose after the break and at their solitary penalty corner, Sky Sian Edwards dished up a blocked shot, the rebound from which Lydia Jackson slid just wide.
It remained goalless until 13 minutes from time when Fareham, stunned by the decision, conceded a stroke and JoJo Davis, once of Trojans, tucked it away. Six minutes from time the Bajan striker repeated the dose to send Fareham home pointless. It's tough this Saturday (11.45) with second placed PHC Chiswick visiting Henry Cort.
Stuart Avery netted twice as Portsmouth claimed their second away victory of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 season.
They travelled to Battersea and recorded a 3-0 success against a Wanderers 2nds side who have yet to pick up a point and who prop up the table.
On a wet and blustery afternoon, Portsmouth’s steadfast defence and midfield controlled the majority of the game. They took the lead when Avery drew in a couple of defenders at the top of the D and slipped the ball to Adam Payne to score.
A well-worked short corner routine saw Avery score his first of the day as Portsmouth doubled their lead before half-time.
The visitors produced some fine intricate play in the midfield with an excellent display from man of the match Jack Boswell.
Wanderers came out stronger in the second half but were unable to penetrate the Portsmouth defence with Freddie Rainbow making a couple of saves.
Top scorer Avery settled the game after a powerful run took him past three defenders before smashing a low shot past the keeper.
Havant ended Haslemere’s unbeaten start to the South Women’s League Division 3B season.
The Surrey club had belted 17 goals in their first four games, but Havant scored in each half for a superb 2-0 away victory.
Havant began on the front foot with the front three of Poppy Herbert, Verena Grave and Alice Worsley put the home defence under extreme pressure.
Numerous penalty corners resulted and eventually Havant were deservedly in front through Louisa Taylor.
Haslemere hit back and at times Havant were guilty of giving possession away too easily, though Kimberley Tyrell gradually ensured control and led the Havant dominance with the help of inside forwards Katie Peckham, Ella Welch and captain Izzy Parry.
Midway through the second half Herbert’s long dribble was brought to an end by a clumsy tackle in the D.
Cat Evans converted the resultant penalty and Havant were largely untroubled after that with young keeper Pippa Jones keeping a clean sheet.
Havant, now just a point behind second-placed Haslemere, are home to Brighton & Hove this Saturday, 3pm.
Havant ended a run of National 1 South defeats by picking up their first point of the season. And what a point it was - ending leaders Teddington’s 100 per cent start.
In contrast, Havant had entered the game having lost their opening four games, but survived a late scare to record a creditable 2-2 draw.
They remain bottom - the only team in the division yet to win - but will take great confidence from their unexpected point.
Havant started strongly and a good save from Peter Symonds’ College educated Rory McCallum, pictured left above, denied them a second-minute lead.
It was just rewards for their attacking hockey that they went ahead in the 12th minute after a Teddington foot in the circle gifted Havant a penalty corner. Jamie Rawlings (pictured above playing for Fareham last season) made no mistake, flicking low inside McCallum’s right post.
Teddington slowly worked their way into the game and by the end of the first quarter they had pushed their forwards high and wide.
They began the second quarter in menacing form, and in the 21st minute won the first of six penalty corners.
Havant conceded an equaliser three minutes later when Ed Greaves slapped a cross past Maciej Pacanowski.
Four minutes later worse was to come as Havant conceded a second goal from Teddington’s second penalty corner. The flick found a defender’s foot on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded, Kyle White giving Pacanowski no chance.
Havant did win a penalty corner in overtime at the end of the first half, but could not take advantage.
To their credit, Havant levelled on 43 minutes after a break down the right.
Maciej Janiszewski, who had another good game, found fellow Pole Eryk Bembenek in the circle. After running into space to receive the ball, the striker fired a reverse shot past McCallum.
Teddington won two more penalty corners, Pacanowski pulling off a superb double save from the second one.
Bembenek had an opportunity to put Havant ahead, but he was forced wide and could not get his shot in.
A minute later Teddington won their fifth penalty corner which was once saved by Pacanowski.
With three minutes left Havant won a penalty corner, but the effort was saved.
Then, in overtime, the visitors were awarded their sixth penalty corner. Teddington sensed victory, but the shot went wide and Havant had their first point on the board.
Havant travel to third-placed Oxford Hawks this Sunday (2pm).
Chichester swept into a two-goal lead at Exeter University, but were undone by three Isca penalty corner conversions in a ten-minute period either side of half-time, which led to the west country side running out 6-3 winners.
Ollie Baxter tucked away a short corner of his own to give Chichester a seventh minute lead, which Alex Thakore (pictured above : Neil Marshall) doubled soon after.
But problems began for Chichester when Cuthbert pulled a goal back for Isca barely a minute later.
The game turned on its head when Tom Brooks buried three penalty corners past Chris Bristow in ten devastating minutes to give Isca a 4-2 lead early in the third quarter.
“It was very disappointing to go ahead then allow them back into the game like that,” conceded Chichester skipper Matt Sewell.
Shepherd scored Isca’s fifth before one-time Fareham player Simon Tremlett made it 6-2 from a fourth short corner success.
Alex Baxter cut the gap in the closing stages to add a touch of respectability to the final scoreline.
Sewell added: “Their 6-3 margin of victory could have been more if had it not been for some great saves from Chris Bristow in the second half.
“It was a long day in the rain for no points.”
The defeat leaves Chichester third from bottom of the log ahead of Sunday's visit of Khalsa Leamington to the College, 2pm. ahead of Cardiff University, whose last two matches have been cancelled due to Covid lockdown in the Welsh capital.
Fareham’s four-match winning West Conference start hit the buffers with a 2-1 defeat by Plymouth Marjon – the defeat bowling them off top spot in the process.
Chasing the game after two successful Plymouth first half penalty corner conversions, Fareham were unable to master Marjon’s deep press and only had a late Shane Vincent goal as a token consolation.
Fareham’s first defeat has enabled Bristol University to leapfrog to the front – the west country students drawing 1-1 with Harborne, whom George Harris’s side had beaten 9-4 a week earlier.
Fareham struggled to master Plymouth’s game plan from the off and directly Jon Tew gave the visitors a sixth minute lead they were up against it.
Plymouth doubled their lead five minutes before half-time with a Rory Close short corner, leaving Fareham with then proverbial mountain to climb.
It wasn’t until the final quarter that Fareham got things together. Pushing towards the clubhouse goal, they pinned Plymouth back but only Shane Vincent, with a penalty corner four minutes from time, managed to achieve a breakthrough.
Fareham second team’s five matches in Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 have produced an amazing 37 goals – then of them going in their own net (and past George Harris) at Croydon a week earlier.
But Fareham bounced back from that 10-0 mauling in Surrey with a 5-3 win over Old Cranleighians, George Davey celebrating his return from suspension with one of the goals.
Chris Tagg converted two penalty strokes to join Nick Knight and Zac Way on the scoresheet.
Elsewhere, Andy Pett scored both the goals as Basingstoke beat Barnes 2-1, while goal hungry Rowledge cricketer Ian Metcalfe grabbed his fifth of the season as Aldershot & Farnham trimmed promotion rivals Oxted 3-1. Jon Pickett scored twice as Havant II went down 3-2 at Reigate Priory.
Bournemouth have opened up a three-point lead at the top of South League Premier Division 2 West after coming from behind and then weathering late pressure to beat Woking 3-2 at Chapel Gate.
Woking soaked up early pressure to snatch the lead when Harrison Hubbard was first to a rebound off a short corner, initially saved by Jez Baker.
But Bournemouth, who visit third placed Staines on Saturday, with Conor Moors (left) equalising with a neat deflection to climax a fine move.
He almost added a second straight from the restart, but shot inches wide.
Bournemouth were back on the front foot again at the start of the second half and when Ross Hattemore’s skills forced a penalty corer, up stepped Tom Salmon to convert.
Work on the training ground proved the key to Bournemouth’s third goal – Hattemore rifling the ball home after Sam Bury’s initial drag flick had been saved.
With the clock ticking down, Woking’s Juan Trimboli set Bournemouth nerves jangling with a second – his goal prompting late pressure which the Dorset side soaked up to clinch the win points.
Ben Hibberd converted two set pieces and goalkeeper Sammy Laurent saved a penalty stroke as Winchester won 4-3 at Banbury to make it make-to-back South League Premier Division wins.
Winchester, who broke their duck with a 3-2 victory over West Hampstead the previous week, got off to a bright start under the Warwick Road floodlights, with several efforts troubling the Banbury defence before a string of penalty corners finally resulted in Ben Hibberd converting from short range to give the visitors a deserved lead.
Winchester’s dominance continued with Banbury having to withstand heavy pressure before Todd Clark doubled the lead with a well placed finish.
Banbury hit back soon after though Will Kellett from a well worked penalty corner trimming Winchester’s half-time lead to 2-1.
Banbury maintained their new-found momentum, pushing for an equaliser, but the centre back partnership of James Pawley and the influential Harry Trussler [pictured] kept their efforts at bay. Midway through the second half, Trussler himself restored Winchester's two goal advantage, a well-placed drag flick putting his side firmly in control.
Banbury switched system shortly after and hit back almost immediately through James Long to reduce the deficit to 3-2 and leave the game on a knife edge.
With 15 minutes to go James Pawley conceded a stroke after a poorly timed tackle in his own D – but Laurent easily saved a tame flick to spare his team-mate’s blushes.
Winchester countered and almost immediately won their own stroke. James Lander found himself free on the back post but could only find the body of a sprawling Banbury defender. Hibberd stepped up to convert the stroke and give Winchester 4-2 lead going into the final ten minutes.
A flurry of cards then saw both sides reduced to ten men before a high press from Banbury yielded a third goal for Steve O’Connor to make it 4-3 but Winchester held on.
Winchester are now level on six points with neighbours Trojans, who lost 4-3 at Milton Keynes, despite a fifth of the season by Matty Bell and goals from Colin French and Harry Markham. It was Trojans second consecutive defeat.
She loved life – and loved hockey. Daisy Strange was a star on the pitch when turning out for Chichester, East Grinstead or Trojans – and very popular off it.
Her enthusiasm and talent led her to become head of girls’ sport in the prep school at Seaford College near Petworth, where she later worked, writes Steve Bone of the Chichester Observer.
Now the ladies of Chichester Hockey Club who could call Daisy a friend and teammate are paying tribute to her after her death at the age of 25, less than a year after she was diagonsed with a rare form of tongue cancer.
The team have been wearing commemorative shirt sporting the logo of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, who cared for her and her family, who live in Birdham in her final days. The shirts also have an image of a daisy on the sleeve.
Chichester will playing a memorial match in due course – but with times as they are, they wanted to do something to remember Daisy now.
Sally Bradley, manager and player with the Chi ladies’ first team said: “It was such pride that I put on my green shirt, not because it was green, or that it was new – for me it had far more significance.
“It had a daisy on its sleeve and the ‘supporting St Wilfrid’s Hospice’ logo clearly displayed on it – in memory of Daisy Strange.
“With Daisy’s mum Diana, I ran a development side at Chichester Hockey Club some years ago. We had a group of 11 to 14-year-old girls who were all desperately keen to play hockey.
“It was clear, however, that there was one young girl in the team who, even at that early age, was heading for great things from her hockey.
“Daisy was fiercely competitive and that, along with her bubbly personality, encouraged Daisy to push herself further, and everyone recognised that she would do well.
“Daisy left Chichester after progressing from the Canons to the ladies’ firsts and everyone watched with interest as her hockey career developed.
“Last summer Daisy was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer which she fought with the same determination and dignity that she showed for everything.
“However on April 11, during lockdown, sadly Daisy died.
“We had planned to have a memorial game, but lockdown stopped this, so these shirts are a constant reminder of Daisy.
“Some of the girls in that original Canons team are still playing with me now, however Daisy’s infectious personality touched so many other players within the club over the years.
“The majority of the girls in Chichester Ladies’ first XI are a similar age to Daisy and we were all so very proud to wear the shirts knowing that it commemorates a girl, just like us all, who loved life and loved hockey.”
As well as Daisy’s mum having been involved with the Chichester club, her father Adrian and brother Jack still play for them.
Sally, inspired by Daisy’s story, has now started fundraising for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
You can donate to my JustGiving page by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chichester-hockey-club
Lynn Jones grabbed a last minute equaliser to earn the New Forest their first South Women’s League Division 3B point from a thrilling 4-4 draw at Aldershot & Farnham.
Fortunes fluctuated throughout, with Aldershot’s early lead through May Percival being cancelled out by Lia Waine’s penalty corner shortly before the break. Forest did, however, lose Octavia Allan with a nasty injury after an accidental collision with Shots' Louise Sleep, who was concussed.
The second half produced plenty of chances from both sides. Keeper Becky Snook, along with Forest’s defence, made numerous saves to keep Aldershot out before the inevitable breakthrough came from Tammy Davis.
Neither team were ahead in the game for too long, with the NF equaliser shortly after from a reverse stick shot from Jade Lock to make it 2-2.
Forest then snatched the lead for the first time following a long ball out of defence and a sharp 1-2 between Lauren Gavin and Waine, who hit the backboard to make it 3-2.
Within minutes it was 3-3 (Phoebe Bryant) and doing into the closing stages 4-3 to Aldershot after a controversial goal by Libby Hill. Undeterred, the New Forest girls hit back with Jones equalising in the dying moments to give the visitors their first point.
Winchester's scheduled home match against Trojans II was called off due to on-going Covid-19 issues.
Havant Ladies' rise up the South Women’s League Division 3B standings was halted after they fell to defeat in a five-goal thriller with Southampton.
A fine win over Winchester last time out had filled them with confidence but it wasn't quite enough to prevent them from suffering a 3-2 loss to Southampton, who celebrated their third win in four outings.
England 60s star and player/coach Sue Merry took another step towards her 100 league goal milestone with a fifth minute penalty corner conversion.
But Havant were soon back on terms as Elisabeth Allen finished off a move to leave it 1-1 at half-time.
As in the first half, there was little between the teams in and end-to-end thrilling second period.
Southampton emerged from the oranges break on the front foot, their 16-yard presses were strong right the way through to the midfield and defence making it difficult at times for Havant to get the ball through; great er pressure meant the hosts frequently gave the ball away.
Within minutes of the restart, Zoe Stride (who had a spell with Havant) received the ball from outside of the D and dribbled it into the D and with her slick skills drove it around the defence making a brilliant finish to give Southampton a 2-1 lead.
Havant were not beaten yet and came back as strong, with Louise Taylor converting a 51st minute short corner to make it 2-2.
It was all now to play for. Southampton stepped up a gear and every single player worked their socks off. Pressure brought its rewards with Zoe Stride making a great pass across the goal where Lou Hopkins was running to the back post and scored with a perfect reverse stick deflection.
Southampton remained tight with the defence doing an amazing job soaking up Havant attacks, but good communication and team-work meant they were able to hold on to their winning 3-2 lead.
Havant's early season struggles continued as they suffered a fourth successive National Division 1 South defeat.
The latest came as they were beaten 2-0 on the road at Brighton & Hove to leave them propping up the table.
Things don't get any easier either, with a visit from table-toppers Teddington - still with an 100 per cent record - to come at Havant College on Saturday (1.15).
It was a familiar story for Havant, who had lots of good possession but are just struggling to find that cutting edge at the moment.
Jack Jones would punish them, drifting into the circle and firing past Maciej Pacanowski on 24 minutes.
Havant's task became tougher on 47 minutes as Brighton doubled their lead through Ali Higginson, who was on hand to fire home a rebound.
The visitors created some good chances in the closing stages but they failed to find a way through and still remain pointless after four league matches.
Bournemouth regained top spot in South Hockey League Premier 2 West, knocking overnight leaders Maidenhead off their perch with a 2-1 victory over the Berkshire side at Chapel Gate.
It was Bournemouth’s third win in four matches and a creditable one with last season’s top scorer Conor Moors, the evergreen Duncan Marsh and university student Hugo Creaney-Birch all absent.
An astute tactical switch by coach Adam Tapper gave Dan Salmon (pictured) the opportunity to play higher up the field and he didn’t disappoint, linking with Charlie Cooper to fire Bournemouth into the lead with a low reverse stick shot.
But shortly before half-time Bournemouth conceded a soft penalty corner and Dan Harding equalised for the visitors.
Will Davies, who had scored in Bournemouth’s 3-1 defeat at Henley the previous week, put in a tremendous shift in midfield as the lions bossed affairs without regaining the lead – until Matt Underhill got onto a back post pass to secure a decisive lead.
Maidenhead threw everything at Bournemouth without getting a second goal past goalkeeper Jez Baker.
“The lads showed a lot of character under pressure whilst still creating chances to have seen out the game a little easier,” praised coach Tapper, whose table toppers host Woking at Chapel Gate on Saturday, noon.
It rained goals in South Birmingham, where table topping Fareham emerged 9-5 winners from a bizarre 14-goal West Conference thriller against previously unbeaten Harborne.
A goal down inside two minutes, Fareham equalised before scoring three times in seven minutes to lead 4-1 before Harborne hit back with three strikes of their own to make it 4-4.
A successful Shane Vincent penalty stroke sparked another three Fareham goal frenzy to make it 7-4, but Harborne’s Peter Jackson converted his fourth short corner before the visitors tied it up with two more goals in the last five minutes.
“The only downside to it all was that, due to Covid ground regulations, no spectators were allowed to watch a humdinger of a match,” beamed jubilant Fareham manager Malcolm Davies.
It took Fareham only two minutes to realise the danger Jackson would create from Harborne’s set pieces – but Alex Boxall soon levelled things up.
A Chris Davey brace and a fourth goal by Vincent sent Fareham into a 4-1 lead, which Stefan Sekula trimmed before half-time.
Nine minutes into the third quarter Jackson had completed a hat-trick of penalty corner conversions as stand-in Fareham goalie Josh Dawson found himself in the firing line. That made it 4-all.
Fareham dusted themselves down and within five minutes had restored their lead courtesy of a Vincent penalty flick.
Tom Larcombe and Davey, with his hat-trick goal, stretched Fareham’s lead to 7-4 – but Harborne refused to lie down and when Fareham conceded another short corner, Jackson duly obliged. 7-5.
Fareham, who host Plymouth Marjon at Henry Cort on Saturday (1.30), finally wrapped it up with two short corners of their own in the last five minutes, Rob Wilson and Niall Stott converting.
Winchester swept aside the disappointment of their pointless start to the South League Premier Division season with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over West Hampstead, who have dropped behind them in the table.
Former Wimborne Wayfarers hit-man Todd Clark (left) snatched Winchester’s winner five minutes from time. The victory was, however, tempered by the loss of Will Evans with a suspected broken thumb.
The first half was a fairly even affair, with Kieran Malloy and Ben Hibberd forcing saves, while Bashley (Rydal) cricketer Sammy Laurent, making his Winchester debut between the posts, was brought into play a number times.
Another slightly more well known cricketer, Hampshire’s Tom Alsop, who previously played National League for Team Bath Buccaneers, lifted the team with his powerful running and skill level.
The game really started after the break as West Hampstead went 1-0 up within three minutes, a well worked goal by Ashley Dawes down their right flank.
After the bruising defeats of the first three league defeats (when they conceded 16 goals), Winchester might have rolled over against their experienced visitors, but they showed no sign of that, the lively Hibberd hitting the inside of the post from Olly Lander's through ball. Banging hard on the West Hampstead door, Winchester's equaliser eventually came as Lander again set up Hibberd on his reverse stock and he drove home, a welcome reward for Winchester's most influential player on the day.
Three minutes later 15-year old Joe Jenkinson drove down the right wing and forced a penalty corner. Harry Trussler converted the corner with a rocket into the top right to take a 2-1 lead.
West Hampstead hit back and equalised through Philipp Kraemar after Laurent’s initial save at a penalty corner.
With five minutes remaining, Winchester failed to convert from a goalmouth melee only inches from the line. West Hampstead somehow scrambled the ball away, but the ball found its way to Trussler on the halfway line. His piercing pass was cleverly diverted into the far corner of the goal by Todd Clark to grab all three points.
Trojans' scheduled visit to Oxford University was postponed to due on-going CV19 issues at the university.
Fareham Ladies have their first South Women’s League Division 2 win points on the board after surviving an early onslaught and coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-1 at Henry Cort.
Bournemouth are now bottom of the log and the only side yet to win. It didn’t look as if it would be that way as they laid siege to the Fareham goal in the opening quarter, but only had an Amy Hill goal to show for their efforts. Goalkeeper Jilly Tovey was on overtime rates.
“We should have been out of sight and paid the penalty for missing chances,” sighed Bournemouth coach Gavin Rustling.
Fareham’s Vicky Field equalised against the run of play to send the sides in level at half-time – after which the game turned in dramatically in Fareham’s favour.
First, Fareham grabbed the lead with a fine finish by Poppy Roddis after a fine breakaway run by Hannah Ward, then with 15 minutes left on the clock, Bournemouth were awarded a penalty stroke – but Tovey saved Rosie Martineau’s shot.
Fareham were clinging on at the time, but Tovey’s fine save gave them the belief and confidence they could win and when Field scored her second to make it 3-1, the win points were almost secured.
Sian Edwards finally put the game to bed with a blistering last minute penalty corner conversion, leaving Fareham coach Steve Lemon relieved to get the first win points on the board.
He reflected: “There have certainly been times in the last three weeks when we have played better without getting the luck we deserved.
“It’s probably fair to say that 4-1 slightly flattered us but then the reverse happened when there was no way we deserved to lose 3-0 at Teddington, so maybe that evened things up.
“For all that, it wasn't the best we have played this season but by the end of the game there is no doubt we deserved the win and in a division where nine of the twelve sides are separated by just three points then I think we can be happy for now that we are in the middle of that group.”
Chichester struck three times in eight second half minutes to set up a 3-2 victory over visiting Plymouth Marjon – their first win in four National League West Conference starts.
Chichester fell behind three minutes after the half-time break, but turned the match on its head with a trio of goals in that decisive spell in the third quarter before Plymouth cut the deficit seven minutes from the end to create a nervy finish, writes Mike Vimpany.
The hosts played far better as a side than they had done in their three previous defeats and would have changed around 1-0 up had Cameron Ryall not wasted a great chance after Alex Baxter’s shot from a penalty corner not been superbly saved by Phil Carr’s outstretched stick.
Chris Bristow made two fine saves of his own before a mistake by Josh Brown created the opening for Jon Tew to fire Plymouth ahead.
But the Devon visitors cracked under pressure as Chichester forced several short corners, Alex Holton equalizing and then skipper Matt Sewell giving his side a 46th minute lead, the first time this season they had been in front.
As the tempo increased, so Bristow beat out a Plymouth short corner and Alex Thakore was sin binned – but it didn’t stop ten-man Chichester from extending their lead from a fierce low Oli Baxter cross-shot.
Between them, Adam Bloomfield and Joe Bugden bungled a great chance to have settled it with a fourth for Chichester, who needed Bristow to make two more short corner blocks before a slip by Thakore let in Tom Hodgkins to trim the final scoreline to 3-2 with Plymouth’s second seven minutes from time.
Fareham Ladies have the opportunity of ending their winless start to new life in South Women’s League Division 2 when Bournemouth, one of the other sides get to receive a win bonus, visit Henry Cort on Saturday, 11.45.
They suffered a second loss in three outings when Teddington, relegated from Division 1 last term, beat them 3-0. Bournemouth lost 3-2 to Brighton & Hove in the battle of the beaches.
Fareham’s young side fought hard to cancel out the tenth minute lead Amelia Millan gave the Bushy Park hosts, with Vicky Field and Hannah Ward danger on the break. Going into the second half, Fareham got the upper hand, but with the next goal vital, Kate Woolridge doubled Teddington’s lead. A third by Hermine Narnio settled it.
The New Forest, Southampton and Winchester were all beaten in Division 3B, where Emma Hamilton’s goal earned Trojans a 1-0 win over the Foresters.
Southampton lost by a single goal to Woking, while Winchester took a 5-1 beating from Havant at Kings’
Hoping to continue their form from the previous week’s 3-0 win at Lewes, Southampton took to the Sports Centre pitch in good spirits.
They pressed forward causing difficulties for the Woking defence piling on the pressure from the whistle. Unfortunately, they were unable to convert any chances and soon found themselves frustrated by lost opportunities and a controversial decision which denied Sue Merry a penalty stroke.
The England 60s star was denied an open shot at goal when a Woking defender appeared to be holding her stick, but the penalty appeals were waved away.
A penalty stroke shout came and went with Sue Merry denied an open shot at goal by a Woking defender holding her stick, but alas it was not given. Woking, in comparison, created very few chances and the Southampton defence remained in control with good transferring around the back and strong tackling.
The continued in a similar vein after the break with frustration growing in the Southampton ranks as they were unable to convert a myriad of chances and decisions seemed to be running against them. Typically, 15 minutes from time and against the run of play they scrambled a breakaway goal through Lauren White to steal the points.
Trojans were chasing the game once early Hampstead & Westminster pressure paid off and ended by surrendering their unbeaten Premier Division start with a 3-0 defeat against a pacey city outfit.
Hampstead buzzed around Steve Cole’s goal from the start and the evergreen keeper, who had kept clean sheets in Trojans opening two wins, saw two shots whistle past his posts before Ronan Costella fired the visitors ahead with a disputed reverse stick shot.
A second strike by Josh Hood after 23 minutes really did put Trojans on the back foot.
With most of the play coming from midfield turnovers, neither side was able to take advantage of the opposition being reduce to 10 men, Trojans a green and Hampstead two greens and a yellow, the latter brandished at former Fareham man Tim Seebold.
Teague Marcarno converted a penalty corner to seal it for the Londoners – the shot going between Cole and the left-post man at waist height.
Both sides had further chances but unable to score. Trojans got another yellow card with four minutes to go, probably from frustration of not being able to get back into the game. On reflection 3-0 was probably the right results based on how both teams performed.
Guildford have now dispossessed Trojans from top spot, while Winchester remain rooted to the bottom after a 4-2 defeat at Tunbridge Wells, where Craig Jeffrey and former Wimborne Wayfarers hit man Todd Clark did at least score their first goals of the season.
Round three culminated in the proverbial bad day at the office for several local South Hockey League Premier clubs, with -
* Trojans conceding their first goals of the season and losing their unbeaten Premier Division record in a 3-0 home defeat to a well drilled Hampstead & Westminster;
* Winchester suffering their third successive defeat, losing 4-2 at Tunbridge Wells, where Craig Jeffrey and former Wimborne Wayfarers hitman Todd Clark scored their first goals of the season; and
* Bournemouth surrendering their 100 per cent record at Henley, where they lost 3-1 with Will Davies getting a consolation goal.
Basingstoke did win, Andy Pett (2) scoring his seventh of the season in a 5-3 victory over his former club Havant II at Down Grange, where Ben Jubin, Dean Record and Liphook & Ripsley cricketer Grant Rouse also hit the target.
Havant are left propping up the National South table after suffering a third successive defeat – a sequence of losses they need to halt ahead of Sunday’s visit to Brighton & Hove, one of the other two sides yet to sample success.
Sevenoaks hadn’t won either prior to their visit to Havant College, but they came away 5-3 winners after a second half goal spree saw five scored in the space of 12 bizarre minutes.
Andy Ross converted the game’s first penalty corner after three minutes to give Sevenoaks the lead, but James Speke (level) soon levelled things up. By half-time Havant were behind again, old boy Ben Allberry restoring the Kent advantage three minutes before the break.
Sevenoaks swept into a 4-1 lead courtesy of two goals in quick succession by Jason Doherty-Bigara and Ed Matts, but Havant came storming back to 4-3 with two rapid strikes of their own through Speke and Migul Rodrigues to leave veteran PA announcer Bill Jones almost hoarse.
The College crowd was enjoying every moment of the goal fest, except when Craig Morton notched a crucial fifth goal for Sevenoaks right on the final quarter break. It was the second week running Havant had let in five goals.
Scott Rawlings scored Team Bath's equaliser in the 5-1 defeat at Oxford Hawks.
Fareham turned to a trio of talented teenagers to score the goals which secured a 3-1 West Conference win over Isca at Exeter University.
Alex Beckett, Phil Larcombe and Fergus Jackson took the credits for securing Fareham’s third successive win, one which keeps them top of the log on goal difference from Bristol University and Harborne, who they visit on Sunday.
But Fareham had to play 20 minutes – almost one third of the match – with ten men after former Team Bath Buccaneers defender Steve Daxter was twice sin-binned and two other players picked up green cards.
Fareham manager Malc Davies explained: “The cards played a major tactical part, with the double yellow for Daxter preventing us from getting any authority and pushing us on to the back foot.”
Portsmouth Grammar School’s Alex Beckett continued his early season goal scoring form by giving Fareham a sixth minute lead – it was his fifth goal in three starts - but the visitors needed a series of fine saves from Rory Kemp – and some off-target Isca finishing - to keep their noses in front.
Daxter picked up his first yellow card in the 20th minute and was briefly joined in the ‘bin’ by Dylan Coleman leaving Fareham short of manpower in the period leading up to half-time.
Phil Larcombe redeemed himself from an early green card by doubling Fareham’s lead early in the third quarter, but the visitors found themselves down to ten men again when Daxter returned to the cooler, this time for a back-stick tackle.
Fareham needed that two-goal cushion when Isca’s Tom Brooks converted a penalty corner on the hour-mark, but with Daxter back and a full compliment of players on the pitch they managed to close the game out.
Fergus Jackson settled affairs with a third goal from the top of the D after a penalty corner breakdown and secured a third straight win for Fareham.
Kieran Page notched a hat-trick as Fareham seconds flattened Richmond II 8-3 to move off the South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional League basement. Alex Ellison and Zac Way scored two each, with Paul Metcalf completing the scoring.
Amy Sheehan scored Trojans opening goal and set up a second for Amelia Andrew as the Stoneham girls beat Surbiton 2-1 to record their first England Hockey Women’s National South victory.
But it needed a brilliant late save by the club’s new Canadian goalkeeper Marcia La Plante (pictured) to deny the Surrey visitors a draw.
Sheehan opened Trojans account in the sixth Amy minute before firing in a subsequent penalty corner shot which Andrew deflected in at the far post.
Trojans turned round 2-0 ahead, but spent much of the second period on the back foot once Hannah Denison had clawed a goal back for Surbiton five minutes after the break.
But they held out, thanks to one brilliant save with an fully outstretched arm by La Plante and a stick save under the crossbar by Lauren Anning.
Chris Bristow played the role of villain and part-hero as Chichester slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Ashmoor – their third successive England Hockey West Conference loss.
It was his green card offence that led to Andover cricketer Max Romer-Lee firing the Devon visitors ahead from a 28th minute penalty corner.
Bristow [pictured] was briefly sin-binned for making inappropriate comments to an umpire and stood on the touchline and watched as Romer-Lee drag-flicked his shot in exactly the place the goalkeeper would normally be standing to give Ashmoor a 1-0 half-time lead !
Coach Merijn van Willigen later incurred the umpire’s wrath and was similarly green carded.
There was no shortage of effort or endeavour from Chichester, who lacked much creativity and forced only one penalty corner, that coming in the closing stages of the game when Alex Baxter rolled his shot wide.
At the other end, Bristow redeemed himself with two fine saves – one notable low down to his right from a short corner – before Fletcher Naisbett-Jones wrapped it up for Ashmoor with a well taken goal two minutes from time.
Chichester share the bottom Western Conference rung with fellow winless due Cheltenham and Cardiff University. They host Plymouth Marjon next Sunday.
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