Havant goalkeeper Chris Bristow flings himself to his right to make an outstanding save from a second half Team Bath penalty stroke – and help secure a 3-0 win for the local side over the defending England Hockey West Conference champions.
Bristow’s save from Buccaneers’ John Jackson enabled Havant to hold on to the 2-0 lead they had established through Matt Cox. Jon Pickett got Havant's third.
Promoted Havant have reached the halfway point of the season unbeaten at home and in a creditable fourth place in the West Conference log.
Havant shocked West Conference champions Team Bath 3-0, an outstanding result, with Matt Cox scoring twice and Jon Pickett once.
Fareham allowed a two-goal interval lead to slip from their grasp and were held 3-3 by visitors Olton & West Warwicks.
Alex Boxall and Chris Davey gave Fareham an advantage that, though their hosts profligate finishing, Olton wiped away after the break.
Former Barton Peveril student Kieran Page looked to have won it with a debut 65th minute goal for Fareham, but the Midlanders’ rescued a point with an equaliser direct from the restart.
Trojans women go into England Hockey’s winter break top of the Investec West Conference after a powerful 4-0 win over second placed Reading.
They never looked back after Bex Treharne’s opening penalty corner goal after just 90 seconds and by half-time had doubled their lead through Lauren Anning.
Second half goals by Jenny Peebles and Hannah Leigh gave Trojans their 4-0 win.
South Premier Division 1
Indian Gymkhana 3 Winchester 3 (Molloy 2, Smithard)
Trojans 2 (Cole, Ferrier) Staines 1
Regional Division 1
Croydon & Old Whitgiftians 4 Fareham II 3 (Davey, Gould, Paige), Epsom 1 Wimborne Wayfarers 3 (Bartram, Clark, Eveleigh)
Andover 5 Southampton 3, Romsey 1 Camberley & Farnborough 4, Winchester II 7 Addiscombe 0.
Investec West Conference
Trojans 4 (Treharne, Anning, Peebles, Leigh) Reading 0.
South League Division 2
Trojans II 2 Banbury 1.
Horsham v Southampton, postponed, frozen pitch, Wanderers 2 Fareham 0.
Two slick second half Birmingham University short corner conversions and a late penalty stroke sent Fareham tumbling to a 3-2 West Conference defeat in the Midlands.
A goal up in eight minutes through Martin Gough, pictured left, Fareham played well and led for over half-an-hour – only to be sunk by three set-pieces.
Head coach Ben Barnes certainly thought Fareham were worth a point.
“"It was a very even game where I felt we deserved to be 2-0 up at half time" he said.
"But in the second half, Birmingham were ruthless at penalty corners and that was the difference between the two teams in the end"
"They effectively scored three goals from four penalty corners) and although we played some good hockey, it wasn't enough."
Gough’s predatory instincts saw Fareham take an eighth minute lead – an advantage they might well have extended but for some fine saves by student goalkeeper Sam Lloyd, one of which included keeping out an Alex Boxall shot with his helmet.
Fareham held the lead until six minutes into the second period when Scott Wall whistled the first of two stinging drag flicks past George Harris.
The second came ten minutes later and gave the university a 2-1 lead.
Birmingham tied it up with a 68th minute penalty stroke by Jack Clee – a goal-bound shot having hit Tom Seebold on the line – while Gough got his second as Fareham launched a valiant but unsuccessful bid to snatch a point.
It was Fareham’s fourth defeat in five matches – a sequence they will want to end before the mid-season break begins after Sunday’s home match with Olton & West Warwicks.
Havant gave leaders Exeter University a real scare, twice levelling before conceding a 3-2 defeat in the West Country.
Matt Cox and Maciej Janiszewski scored for Fareham, with Exeter’s winner coming midway through the second half.
k-to-back victories over Teddington and Wimbledon have pushed Southampton ladies into fifth place in South Women’s League Division 3B – a position should they enhance at lowly Horsham on Saturday.
Goals either side of half-time by Bernie Jones and Lauren Carter secured a 2-1 win over the visiting SW19 opposition.
Southampton enjoyed some good chances but had to wait until three minutes before the break to take the lead from a penalty corner – Nat Romain’s shot being deflected into the roof of the Wimbledon net by Bernie Jones.
Predictably, Southampton faced a pepped up Don’s at the start of the second period, but repelled the pressure before doubling their lead through Lauren Carter, who drilled a shot through the keeper’s legs.
Southampton’s new found two-goal advantage lasted only seven minutes as Wimbledon closed the gap from a penalty stroke, which goalkeeper Rachel Adams almost got to.
Controlled defence was paramount after that, but Southampton kept their heads and ran down to clock to secure a 2-1 win.
Teenager Fergus Jackson celebrated his Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 debut with two goals in Fareham’s 5-3 win over high riding Barnes at Henry Cort.
Luke Gould also scored twice alongside a single from George Davey, which gave the youthful Fareham side their best win of the season.
Drag flick specialist Todd Clark scored all four goals in Wimborne Wayfarers’ 4-1 victory over winless Chichester.
In Regional 2, Southampton lost 2-1 to Addiscombe, while Romsey were edged out 4-3 at Gillingham.
Winchester seconds pulled off a 4-3 win at Wanderers, a result which knocked the London club off the top of the table.
Kent Langridge scored twice, but his brace came as little more than consolation for Winchester, who lost 5-2 as Oxford Hawks surged to the top of South Premier Division 1.
Winchester enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening stages, but Oxford gradually began to assert themselves and after a fine short corner save by Ben Cowling, Jack Biggs fired Hawks into a half-time lead.
An Andy Watts double early in the second half gave Hawks a 3-0 lead before Langridge cut the gap.
Watts completed his hat-trick before Langridge clawed it back to 4-2. Matt Wood got a fifth for Oxford, who included Winchester raised Ed Ellis in their ranks.
Trojans lost 3-0 at West Hampstead in SPL2.
Trojans beat Team Bath Buccaneers 4-1 to set up a mouth-watering top of the table Investec England Women’s Hockey West Conference showdown with Reading at Stoneham Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
With Reading suffering their first defeat of the season 2-1 to Stourport, the win re-established Trojans at the top of the log – a position they will want to cement as the national league programme reaches its half-way point.
“Going into the winter break at the top would give us a terrific physiological lift,” says Trojans captain Jenny Peebles.
Having been beaten 3-2 by Olton & West Warwicks a week earlier, Trojans were desperate for a positive start – and it came with a first minute goal from Kat Petch.
Eager to capitalize on their early momentum, Trojans continued to pressure Team Bath with wave after wave of attack; each cycle more powerful than the last.
With Trojans dominating the game, Bath didn’t get a look in – until Vicky Warwick stunned them with a 22nd minute penalty corner equaliser.
But teams are seldom more vulnerable than just after they’ve scored – and Trojans sent Team Bath reeling with two goals in four minutes.
Cat Horn scored her fourth goal of the season with a deflection from a baseline ball and soon after Becky Treharne swept the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to give Trojans a 3-1 half-time lead.
The second half began as the first, with the Trojans dominating. Though they failed to capitalise on their corner opportunities, their energy did not falter.
Their efforts paid off in the 55th minute when Lauren Anning connected with a ball in open play in the oppositions D to complete the scoring and put Trojans back on top.
Over 250 youngsters from eight clubs across Hampshire, including Andover, Bournemouth, New Forest, Romsey, Salisbury, Southampton, Trojans and Winchester converged on the Southampton Sports Centre and enjoyed the autumn sunshine which blessed the 30th anniversary Roger Merry Memorial mini-hockey tournament.
Hundreds of supporters crammed the touchlines to watch 32 teams, aged under-eight and under-ten, enjoy three hours of hockey – and boost the coffers of the BBC’s Children In Need Appeal and Southampton hockey club to the tune of over £900.
“I was overwhelmed by the support and continued success of the tournament, which is now long established and is for such a good cause,” beamed organiser Sue Merry, pictured above.
“Encouragingly, the skills of the players continued to improve and hopefully a lot of youngsters will carry on and play the game for a long time to come.”
Southampton ladies’ players, fresh from their 2-1 success against Wimbledon the previous day, manned the cake and coffee stall, with others umpiring, time keeping and organising the three-hour long event.
“It was a wonderful day, one which Roger would have been proud of,” Sue Merry added.
Trojans ladies are back in pole position in the Investec England Women’s Hockey League West Conference after a 4-1 win at Team Bath.
Overnight leaders Reading, who visit Stoneham Lane this Saturday, were bowled off the top after losing 2-1 to Stourport.
In men’s hockey, a Martin Gough brace was insufficient to prevent a 3-2 Fareham defeat at Birmingham University. Havant also lost 3-2 at Exeter University.
England Hockey West Conference
Birmingham University 3 Fareham 2 (Gough 2), Exeter University 3 Havant 2.
South League Premier Division 1
Winchester 2 (Langridge 2) Oxford Hawks 5.
West Hampstead 3 Trojans 0.
Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1
Fareham 5 (Gould 2, Jackson 2, Davey) Barnes 2.
Gillingham 4 Romsey 3, Southampton 1 Old Cranleighians 2, Wanderers 3 Winchester II 4.
Investec West Conference
Team Bath Buccaneers 1 Trojans 4 (Petch, Horn, Treharne, Anning)
South League Division 2
London Wayfarers 3 Trojans II 0.
Fareham 1 Aldershot & Farnham 2, Southampton 2 (Jones, Carter) Wimbledon 1.
Havant built on their 2-1 win over Cheltenham – a result which lifted them to fourth place in the West Conference – by advancing to round two of the National Knock-Out Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Bristol Firebrands.
Mike Deller-Merricks, Ethan Hoddle and Mohammed Toseeq Arshad were all on target for Havant, whose win over Cheltenham was down to a late 66th minute winner by Matt Cox, Muhammad Arshad having earlier given Havant the lead.
Havant’s prowess will be tested when they visit leaders Exeter University on Sunday lunchtime.
Winchester, with former England and GB Olympian Simon Hazlitt taking charge from the touchline, pulled off a creditable 2-2 draw at fourth placed South League Premier Division Spencer, where Kieran Molloy and Micah Smithart put their side 2-0 ahead.
Spencer responded with a drag flick just before half-time and converted another short corner midway through the second half.
It could have gone either way after that, but some fine saves by Ben Cowling ensured Winchester emerged with a creditable point.
Trojans produced their best SPL2 results so far, with Ben Frost scoring twice in the 5-2 win over Guildford at Stoneham Lane.
Richard Aves, Colin French and Scott Summers completed the scoring.
In Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2, Southampton broke their six-match duck with a 2-1 win at Addiscombe, while Romsey’s losing sequence ended with a 1-0 win over high riding London Edwardians II.
Fareham came from behind on four separate occasions before salvaging a 4-4 draw with England Hockey League West Conference hosts Olton & West Warwicks – Luke Cornish grabbing a dramatic last gasp equaliser.
“It really was a terrific game, landed with goals and rich in entertainment,” reflected Fareham manager Nigel Cook.
“We deserved a draw, no question about that, but the way we continually had to play catch up underlined the character we have in the side.”
Fareham fell behind to an eighth minute field goal by Tom Mallett, but a Jamie Rawlings penalty corner conversion sent them in level 1-1 at half-time.
Within six minutes of the restart Martin Ebbage restored Olton’s lead with another field goal.
Three goals then followed in four minutes – Cook purring at two sublime finishes by Martin Gough either side of Mallett’s third for Olton.
First he controlled an aerial ball from Rawlings (which caught the South Midlanders’ napping) and reverse-sticked it past goalkeeper Alex Cook.
Then, a minute after Olton had gone 3-2 up, Gough equalised with another superbly taken goal.
“They were quality strikes,” Cook said of the former Chichester and Havant hit-man.
It looked as though Gough’s predatory skills might go unrewarded when Joe Paul beat George Harris with a penalty flick two minutes from the end.
But Fareham, having seen Chris Davey fluff a great chance, got their just deserts in the final play when Cornish grabbed a dramatic equaliser.
Ben Hibberd has to wait until mid-January before he can play competitive hockey again for Winchester in South League Premier Division 1.
His red card sending off in Winchester’s 4-4 draw with Oxford University last month culminated in a 60-day ban for the player/coach.
Hibberd has missed Winchester’s last two matches and will be sidelined for another three before being eligible to play against Milton Keynes on January 13, when the competition resumes after its Christmas break.
Mark Maunsell, red carded in the same match at Iffley Road, will complete his 23-day ban after Saturday’s game with Oxford Hawks at Kings’, while young goalkeeper Caelan Dillon has served his suspension and is free to return.
Trojans ladies have been bowled off the top of the Investec England Hockey Women’s West Conference table.
They lost 3-2 to Olton & West Warwick, having twice surrendered a first half-lead, and slipped to second place after Reading whipped Oxford Hawks 4-1 at Sonning Lane.
The confidence Trojans took from the previous week’s 4-0 win at Stourport was all apparent as they swept forward, almost scoring from their first penalty corner.
They did from their second set piece – a neat routine culminating in a strike from Bex Treharne and a fifth minute shot from Jill Toombs which whistled into the roof of the net.
Olton gradually gained a foothold and drew level with a short corner of their own on 18 minutes when Kerry Thompson-Moore equalised.
Within five minutes Trojans had restored their lead after some fine individualist play by Heather Batten.
The midfielder drove through two lines of Olton defence and, when faced by the on-coming Frances Taylor, faked right but pulled left before sending her shot flying past the goalkeeper.
Instead of pushing on, Trojans found themselves pinned back as Olton produced a powerful finish to the first half and but for some desperate defending at times might well have seen their advantage wiped out.
With the rain lashing down, Trojans struggled to regain their earlier authority and within six minutes of the second half restart were back on level term – Sally Watson deservedly equalising for West Warwicks.
The game ebbed and flowed after that, with Olton getting stronger and eventually claiming the points 11 minutes from time with a Jenny Pritchard penalty corner winner.
* Trojans seconds also suffered, losing 3-0 to South Women’s League Division 2 rivals Witney.
Teenager Lauren MacKenzie celebrated her first team debut with Southampton’s winner at high riding Teddington – the victory lifting the city girls to fifth place in South Women’s League Division 3B.
MacKenzie’s magic moment came shortly before half-time, being handily positioned on the far post to finish off a threesome move between Emma White, Sue Merry and Abi Woodcock.
“There was a tense bit of ping-pong off the keeper’s pads before Lauren forced the ball home, but we were all delighted for her,” said Sue Merry.
This was a creditable result for Southampton, who drove to second placed Teddington minus four regular starters and with goalkeeper Charlotte Pulford also making her debut.
“The second half was all about digging deep and working hard for each other, “ Merry added.
“We did this and managed to keep a clean sheet and finish the game 1-0 up. It really was an excellent team effort and getting back to winning ways was so important.”
Fareham, meanwhile, crashed 4-0 at Guildford, who have leapfrogged Teddington in the log. Steve Lemon’s girls lie fourth from bottom.
Fareham came from behind four times to snatch a 4-4 draw at Olton & West Warwicks – Luke Cornish grabbing a dramatic England Hockey West Conference equaliser with one minute left.
Martin Gough scored twice for Fareham, whose other goal came from a Jamie Rawlings penalty corner.
Havant moved into fourth spot with a 2-1 win over Cheltenham, but Trojans’ ladies lost 3-2 at home to Olton & West Warwicks, having twice taken a first half lead.
England Hockey West Conference
Havant 2 (Arshad, Cox) Cheltenham 1, Olton & West Warwicks 4 Fareham 4 (Gough 2, Cornish, J Rawlings)
South Premier Division 1
Spencer 2 v Winchester 2 (Molloy, Smithard)
Trojans 5 (Frost 2, Aves, French, Summers) Guildford 2.
Hampshire/Surrey Regional 1
Epsom 5 Fareham II 1 (Metcalf), Havant II 5 Wimborne Wayfarers 2.
Addiscombe 1 Southampton 2, Romsey 1 London Edwardians II 0, Winchester II 1 Surbiton III 2.
England Hockey West Conference
Trojans 2 (Batten, Toombs) Olton & West Warwicks 3.
South League Division 2
Trojans II 0 Witney 3
Guildford 4 Fareham 0, Teddington 0 Southampton 1 (MacKenzie).
Ben Cowling has left Havant and join Winchester and boost the city club’s South Premier One goalkeeping options. He made a fine debut in last week’s 2-1 loss to Old Edwardians.
Havant chairman Chris Picket explained: “Ben could not commit to playing regularly last season due to his training/work commitments. As a result we used Tomas Santiago for the first half of last season and Chris Bristow for the second half.
Chris came out of retirement to help us out and has continued playing in our West Conference side..
“Ben felt it would be difficult to force his way back into 1st XI contention, especially as his work meant he could not play in all games. He now lives closer to Winchester than Havant and playing on Saturdays is easier for him to work round his other commitments.
Mr Picket added: “We were very sorry to see him leave and he has reservations but on balance it is within his best interests and he can now play 1st XI rather than play in out 2nd XI or below.
Former Southampton hit-man Ollie Knight is always keen to remind the locals of his goal-scoring prowess when he returns to play South League hockey in the area.
He’s scored almost 50 league goals since moving to London Edwardians from Southampton.
But the one-time Totton & Eling cricketer’s hopes of making an impact in the Premier Division 1 visit to Winchester ended abruptly when he pulled up with a hamstring injury after only five minutes at Kings’.
Winchester, without suspended trio Ben Hibberd, Mark Maunsell and goalkeeper Caelen Dillon, gave a debut to Havant’s goal-minder Ben Cowling, who produced a sparkling debut with a string of fine saves.
Kent Langridge gave Winchester a first half lead, which penalty corner strikes by Tom Groombridge and Jonny Haynes (ten minutes from time) wiped out to give Edwardians a 2-1 win.
Trojans drew 1-1 at Bournemouth, with Richard Aves on target.
Promoted Havant produced their best result since their West Conference return with a 1-0 win over Olton & West Warwicks, who began the round seven fixtures in third place behind Exeter University and Cardiff & Met.
Havant started well and could have been three goals in front after creating good goal scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes. However, Polish striker Maciej Janiszewski (pictured by Neil Marshall) scored the only goal of the game with his seventh league goal in the first half.
Both goal keepers were awarded the respective team man of the match ‘awards’ and produced some outstanding saves. Havant had to withstand some heavy pressure towards the end of the second half, but through Chris Bristow held out for the three points.
Lack lustre Fareham slipped to a third England Hockey West Conference defeat in four matches when Bristol-based Clifton Robinson lifted themselves off the league basement with a 2-1 win, their first of the campaign.
Fareham were never able to slip into any sort of rhythm and, having become frustrated and impatient, conceded two Clifton goals inside three minutes midway through the second period.
Jamie Rawlings responded with a penalty stroke seven minutes from time, but despite sustained late pressure Fareham were unable to salvage a point.
“It goes to show anyone can beat anyone in this league this year and why must approach each match as simply another tough game and not based on table position,” Fareham skipper Alex Boxall pointed out.
Clifton’s own spirits had been lifted with a 4-4 draw with second placed Olton & West Warwicks a week earlier.
Their well organised, non-roving back five, complimented by a popular aerial route into Fareham territory, caused the hosts tactical problems.
It was clear from the outset, Fareham would have to prise open their rearguard, but only twice in the first half did they look capable of doing so.
Former Scottish international Niall Stott, making a welcome return after a two-match absence with concussion, created both openings – but Alex Boxall lifted one effort a shade too high drove one shot wide and a Rawlings short corner was beaten out.
Arguably the best chances fell to Clifton, with George Harris saving well from Rory Thornburn and another effort cleared off the line.
“I felt the first half was very positive for us, however, the goal did not come and I fear we became impatient in the second half leaving us slightly more exposed for their goals,” Boxall added.
Fareham were undone by those two Clifton goals in successive attacks.
Harris, who had another fine game, partially saved the shot which led to Matt Plimmer opening Clifton’s account in the 56th minute, but had little hope with the second which began with a superb aerial cross-field ball, eventually put away by the unmarked Tom Jarvie.
Fareham finished strongly with Rawlings reducing the deficit from a penalty stroke, but their circle entries were restricted to one fine Luke Cornish orchestrated move and a late short corner, which was well saved.
“This result shows we can’t afford to be complacent. We’ve got nine points on the board and need another win this month to be able to push on during the second half of the season in the New Year,” Boxall continued.
Window cleaner George Davey mopped up with four goals – all penalty corners - as Fareham seconds thrashed Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 rivals Chichester 6-2 at Henry Cort.
The teenage bucket and sponge man grabbed a polished second half hat-trick as Chichester had twice wiped out Fareham leads to change round 2-2 at half-time.
Paul Metcalf and Davey scored Fareham’s first half goals, but Davey’s second period threesome put the gloss on a sparking home win.
Fareham lie fifth in the log, with Davey’s ten-goal haul this season putting him second in the goal-scoring charts.
Callum McInally bagged a hat-trick as Fareham III won 3-2 at Trojans II in the Hampshire League.
A goal down in the opening minutes and two adrift early in the second half, Southampton ladies hit back in style to force a creditable 2-2 draw against South Women’s League Division 3B rivals Eastbourne at the Sports Centre.
Prospects appeared anything but bright for Southampton when a break from a short corner led to Eastbourne doubling their early lead.
But Southampton, always optimistic, found a way back into the game when Lou Hopkins saw her efforts broken down in front of goal and Sue Merry put away the resulting penalty flick.
Merry laid on Southampton’s equalising goal – the Eastbourne keeper only parrying her shot, but conveniently into the path of Nat Romain, who finished off a fine team move and give the city girls a share of the spoils.
Fareham are picking up nicely after a lean start – their 3-2 win over Horsham being their third victory in a row.
Under heavy pressure early on, Fareham were indebted to Hampshire women’s cricket starlet Sian Edwards for an excellent goal-line save.
Two goals inside eight first half-minutes – the first from Vicky Field and the second from Laura Ryan – gave Fareham a 2-0 advantage Horsham’s Phillipa Harris trimmed back just before the break.
Fareham restored their two-goal advantage when Ryan laid on a third for Sophie Raymond, but when Alicia Renfrey scored a second for Horsham five minutes from time, a tense finale ensued. Fareham held on.
Trojans ladies scored three times in less than five stunning second half minutes to sink Stourport 4-0 – and pull off one of their finest England Women’s Hockey West Conference results in recent seasons.
It re-established their hold on the West leadership, weakened by the previous week’s 1-0 defeat by Reading, who remain one point behind in second place after a 2-1 win at Isca.
Beating Stourport on their own West Midlands soil was a perfect tonic for the Stoneham girls, who have now won six of their seven matches.
Jill Toombs and Jenny Peebles converted penalty corners either side of an Emma Teague penalty stroke as Trojans forged into a 3-0 lead ten minutes into the second half.
Hannah Leigh wrapped things up with a 57th minute field goal.
Trojans’ Becks Treharne said: “It was a game of two halves: the first an exhilarating contest in which both sides fought hard to gain an inch, and the second where the Trojans secured the mile.
“Though no measurable outcomes were seen in the first half, the score failed to reflect the epic battle that unfolded.
“Continuous streams of attack seemed unending, and the half time whistle was warmly welcomed: everyone was gasping for breath.”
Trojans unleashed their goal battery six minutes into the second half – Stourport (who won the corresponding game 7-0 last season) being swept aside with three set-piece goals in rapid succession.
Jill Toombs opened the scoring from a penalty corner, Emma Teague converted a penalty stroke after drawing a foul, and then captain Jenny Peebles struck home a powerful rebound to give Trojans a 3-0 lead.
Hannah Leigh compounded Stourport’s agony 13 minutes from the end after chasing a pass to the far byeline and sending an elegant flick past the home keeper.
“It was a fantastic win, one which will send confidence soaring in the camp,” Treharne added.
“But it’s important we focus and concentrate on Olton & West Warwicks at Stoneham Lane on Saturday, noon.”
Havant climbed above Fareham in England Hockey League West Conference on the back of a 15th minute field goal from Maciej Janiszewski, which earned a 1-0 win over visiting Olton & West Warwicks.
Clifton Robinsons scored twice in three mid-second half minutes to secure a 2-1 win over low key Fareham, who could only manage a late penalty stroke by Jamie Rawlings in reply.
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