An equalising goal two minutes from time from Charlie Neat gave hosts Oxford Hawks a share of the points at the end of a scrappy, disjointed 1-1 draw with fourth placed National League South visitors Havant.
Having led for over 50 minutes, Havant will be disappointed not to come away with all three points, though the equaliser was a result of one unforced error too many.
After a cagey start, Hawks forced the first penalty corner after five minutes. After their first effort broke down, the home side engineered a second go from which Maciej Pacanowski made the first of a series of good saves.
Somewhat against the run of play Havant took the lead in the 19th minute. From an attack down the right flank, the ball bounced around in front of goal, before Argentinian Manu Silvetti [pictured] forced the ball in to continue his good goal scoring form.
Just before half time, Chris Smith was the victim of a wild swing of the stick, from the home team’s Ted Bennett, which resulted in a ten minute sin-bin suspension.
With a player advantage, the third quarter was Havant’s best period of the match and gave them the best opportunity to extend their lead. The forwards started to put together a sequence of fast interplay, though without really testing the home keeper and a well marshalled, robust defence. Havant won their sole penalty corner of the game, but Fede Bertoni’s drag flick flashed just past the right hand post.
With a number of decisions appearing to go against them, Havant’s frustrations led them to force the play too often, give away turnovers and forced Pacanowski to make a number of fine saves and interventions to preserve the lead.
With the visiting supporters biting their fingernails and checking their watches frequently, it looked as though Havant might steal all three points. Then a loose pass across the back four was
mis-trapped and the home team took full advantage.
Conor Moors bagged a first half hat-trick before taking his season’s goal tally to ten as Bournemouth thrashed Richmond 7-0 at Chapel Gate to strengthen their position in the South League Premier 1 West promotion frame.
Now it’s crunch time for the Lions, whose visit to second placed Oxford & Oxford Brookes University on Saturday will be key to their prospects of a top three Christmas place.
They will certainly head to the city of spires in confident mood after rocking Richmond with a five-goal first half blitz.
Moors, who finished with four goals, opened Bournemouth’s account from a penalty corner before Charlie Cooper scored twice in quick succession, his first after a pacey counter-attack and the second from a rebound after Moors had hit the post from a short corner.
By half-time Moors, now second highest goalscorer in SPL West, had his hat-trick and Bournemouth were 5-0 up.
Moors got his fourth after the break, with Canterbury teen Hugo Creaney-Birch making it 7-0.
The win strengthened Bournemouth’s hold on fourth place, five points behind leaders Staines ahead of Saturday’s potentially season-defining visit to Oxford.
Fareham ladies scored twice in three second half minutes to overturn a single goal deficit and beat Hailsham 2-1 to retain their slender lead at the top of South Women’s League Division 3B.
But coach Steve Lemon will have his girls working overtime on their short corner routines ahead of Saturday’s top of the table showdown with Barnes (Henry Cort, 11.45) after a whole host of set pieces were missed.
Winless Hailsham had let in 13 goals in their three previous matches, but three minutes into the second half stunned Fareham by taking the lead through Natalie Boyd, who had gone close shortly before the break.
Hailsham’s shock goal produced an immediate response. The tempo and intensity of the Fareham play increased and led to a series of penalty corners which the home team survived with increasing difficulty.
They held out until the 52nd minute when a Fareham attack down the right ended when Rachael Millington-Clark shot through a crowd of players to equalise.
Two minutes later the Fareham comeback was complete after another attack down the right was launched by Heidi Podd, who took the ball into the ’D’ before finding Vicky Field, who in turn got to the goal-line and pulled the ball back into the crowded goalmouth.
Georgia Collins’ first shot was blocked but she calmly lifted the rebound over the grounded keeper and past the defenders on the line to give Fareham victory.
The win keeps Fareham top of the table, just one point clear of Barnes, whose visit to Henry Cort is Fareham’s biggest match for some time.
Barnes beat Havant 5-2, while Southampton went down 2-1 at Lewes, where Zoe Stride was on target.
Sam Broadhurst scored for the third week running as Trojans lifted themselves out of the South League Premier Division danger zone with a 4-0 win over Tunbridge Wells. It was their second consecutive victory.
A Matty Bell brace, together with singles by Richard Aves and Broadhurst, enabled Trojans to build on the previous week's 5-1 win at Milton Keynes.
But Winchester remain in the bottom two after a 2-1 defeat at Wycombe, where Ollie Lander was on target for the first time.
Fareham twice allowed a two-goal lead to slip before a Shane Vincent penalty corner equalizer enabled them to salvage a 4-4 draw from an action packed National South League affair with Teddington.
Two-up in ten minutes and 3-1 ahead early in the second half, Fareham found themselves 4-3 down after Teddington converted successive penalty corners.
But Vincent saved the day for the South Division’s bottom club midway through a frenetic second half, which ended in controversy with the visitors initially awarded a hotly disputed penalty stroke, which was subsequently overturned after the umpires consulted.
Fareham flew out of the traps, stunning early season table toppers Teddington with two early goals – the first from Chris Davey, who lashed an aerial ball from Vincent past startled giant goalkeeper Alex Rooney, who was so tall he only just fitted under the 7’ crossbar !
Fareham head coach Ben Barnes described Davey’s strike as “the most outrageous goal I have seen for a long while, better than his overhead goal against Exeter University a few years back.”
Two minutes later Fareham doubled their lead, Davey the provider as Alex Boxall made it 2-0.
Fareham struck a purple patch, ripping Teddington apart, with Martin Gough flashing a shot across the face of goal and Vincent clipping the far post from a short corner.
Teddington regrouped and forced a ‘foot on the line’ penalty which Rory Kemp saved brilliantly – his outstretched stick diverting Kyle White’s stroke around the upright.
The Middlesex visitors were not to be denied, however, increased pressure culminating in a 23rd minute goal from Ed Greaves.
Fareham repelled subsequent attacks and four minutes into the second period re-established their two-goal cushion, teenager Fergus Jackson (pictured) celebrating his maiden National League goal from a retaken short corner.
But Fareham’s prospects of celebrating only a second league win were dashed when Teddington scored three times in ten minutes – Greaves scoring his second and Elliot Smith sending two penalty corner drag flicks past Kemp to make it 4-3.
The roller coaster action continued as Fareham drew level at 4-4 with Vincent converting Jackson’s penalty corner injection.
As both sides went for a potential fifth goal winner, Kemp pulled off a strong of fine saves – only to have a controversial penalty stroke awarded against him in the closing minutes.
But Fareham’s protests led to the umpires conferring and the stroke decision over-turned.
Barnes reflected: “At 3-1 up we made basic errors from being too passive, but the response from the players at 4-3 down was excellent.
“Everyone played better. It showed how we can dig deep, and if we continue to improve and show that kind of character then we can compete against anyone in this league.
“Let’s not forget the average age of the group, the potential for large improvement is clear to see, there are ten more games to go and if we can see improvement week after week I will be happy.”
Chichester's four-match winning charge up the Conference East table was checked by a 3-2 home defeat by Cambridge City, who displaced and replaced them in second place in the log.
Three-nil down early in the second half, Chichester mounted a grandstand finale with Ollie Baxeter scoring twice in the last ten minutes, but it proved too little too late for the West Sussex side.
Trojans ladies are keeping a close eye on the foot of the Investec Women's League South Division table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Harleston Magpies at Stoneham Lane.
They made a dream start through Amy Sheehan's second minute goal, which Christine Harrison cancelled out before half-time. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran (watching his wife) was in the crowd and was in the queue to get Amy's autograph.
The result leave Trojans on ten points from ten matches, just one point ahead of Canterbury, Slough and Isca who share second from bottom place ahead of winless St Alban's.
A fifth win in six outings has put Chichester second in the East Conference - Harleston Magpies being beaten 3-0 with goals by the Baxter brothers, Alex (16) and Ollie (65) either side of Alex Pendle's second.
Chichester host Cambridge City on Sunday, 2pm.
A seventh minute penalty corner strike was sufficient to give South Women's League Division 3B pacesetters Fareham a 1-0 win over Winchester at Henry Cort.
Heather Batten got the faintest of touches to a shot by Lynda Rowswell to deflect the ball home.
Improving with every game, promoted Winchester proved a tough nut to crack, with Sarah Johns a threat. She went close from a second half short corner, while Laura Pendleton saw a set piece of her own beaten out.
Zoe Stride notched her maiden SWL hat-trick as Southampton won 4-1 at Horsham (Lou Hopkins got the other one), a penalty stroke giving the Railway Triangle cricket ace her threesome.
Alice Worsley matched Stride's feat with a hat-trick of her own as Havant came from behind to smash Hailsham 6-1, Charlie Gammon scoring twice.
An early second half penalty stroke by Charlie Stubbings [pictured by Tristan Page above] and a stunning points clincher from Argentinian Manuel Silvetti three minutes from time earned Havant a 2-0 win over Fareham in the National League South Division 1 derby at Henry Cort.
The result pushed Havant into fourth place in the log, three points behind leaders Southgate, while Fareham remain fastened to the bottom, with last month’s 4-2 win over Brighton & Hove their solitary win so far.
Fareham called the tune for most of the first half, but were unable to capitalise on the chances they created, while Havant played with greater intensity after the break and deserved their win, though their two-goal victory margin was perhaps a shade flattering.
Fareham went into the derby nursing the wounds of an 8-1 mauling at Oxford Hawks, but with Rob Wilson in midfield and Will Penrose and Will Raymond back from Cardiff University they looked a more purposeful outfit.
They enjoyed some good passages of play, but lack bite up front, allowing Havant to emerge unscathed from a goal-less opening period, the visitors having been forced on to the back foot a large chunk of the session.
Havant came more into their own in the period leading up to half-time and soon after forcing a wasted short corner had a goal disallowed.
Silvetti’s run down the right took him into the circle and, after a goalmouth melee, drove his shot against the back boards – only to have his ‘goal’ disallowed for a foul on the baseline.
Fareham took the first half ‘on points’ but were unable to capitalise on their greater possession and eventually paid the penalty.
Havant played with greater intensity after the break and, after a Harry Croft-Baker forced short corner had broken down, took a 52nd minute lead.
Another goalmouth melee in the Fareham goal saw keeper Rory Kemp smother two shots, but the second rolled under his body and struck a foot on the line.
Charlie Stubbings sent Kempt the wrong way from the resulting penalty stroke.
The game continued to ebb and flow from one end to the other, but Fareham’s attack looked fairly impotent, whilst Havant’s attack was asking questions of home defence.
The next goal was always going to be decisive and it fell to Havant three minutes from time.
Stubbings’ quick free hit found Atiq Arshad, who in turn found Manuel Silvetti in the circle.
The little Argentinian made no mistake with a rasping shot that nut-megged Rory Kemp in goal and clinched the points for the visitors. Photos above courtesy of The News.
Winchester finally showed their true potential with a worthy but hard fought 4-2 victory against South League Premier Division rivals West Hampstead at Kings’.
Their first meaningful attack bore fruit when Todd Hutcheson's cross was turned in by Sam Butterfield, the former Bournemouth and Wimborne Wayfarers hit man, writes Jon Player.
Shortly afterwards, Winchester went further ahead on ten minutes when centre back James Pauley sent a long pass to Mark Maunsell, who then played a wall pass with Hutcheson deep in the West Hampstead defence and was able to find enough space under pressure to find the back of the net with a reverse strike.
Two-up, everything seemed to be going to plan for Winchester, Pauley in particular was outstanding as a final defender and snuffed out a number of West Hampstead opportunities, but a lapse in concentration in defence saw Chris Todd convert a penalty stroke to make it 2-1.
The visitors were clearly lifted by this breakthrough and began the second half in ominous form. Two penalty corners in quick succession forced player/coach George Harris [top right] into his first meaningful action with two saves. Then came a third, memorable save, again from a penalty corner, tipped away by the end of his stick.
Harris was now one of busiest men on the park, but Winchester started to look more competitive again as the time ticked by and took the lead to 3-1 when Rob Goodchild as he stroked home from a penalty corner won by the industry of the developing Luke Whittome.
West Hampstead responded quickly, picking up a loose ball in midfield and eventually Todd finding a way past Harris to make it 3-2 with nine minutes remaining. It was his tenth goal of the season.
Any concern that Winchester would squander a precious three points was dispelled when Pauley once again found a long range pass to Maunsell, who found Ben Hibberd eagerly waiting a pass in the "D".
Winchester's top scorer committed the West Hampstead keeper before striking home reverse stick to take away most of the anxiety at 4-2.
Below: Kieran Malloy, Harry Trussler and Rob Goodchild ready to pounce from a penalty corner.
Conor Moors equalised with a last gasp penalty stroke as Bournemouth twice came from behind to hold South Premier Division 2 West rivals Southgate 2-2 at Trent Park.
The penalty was awarded after a short corner from Will Davies struck a Southgate defender’s foot and was deflected around the upright.
Bournemouth found themselves chasing the game after Adam Grout fired Southgate ahead midway through the first half but maintained their composure, deservedly equalising after the break when Moors [pictured] converted a penalty corner.
Southgate regained the lead through Rob Shearer, but shortly after Matt Squires had been denied a certain goal by a tremendous challenge Bournemouth got their penalty equaliser with Moors scoring his sixth goal of the season.
Struggling local pair Trojans and Winchester emerged victorious from their round eight matches in the South Hockey League Premier Division.
Trojans won 5-1 at Milton Keynes to leave their hosts propping up the table, while Winchester trimmed West Hampstead 4-2 at Stoneham Lane.
Sam Broadhurst (2), Richard Aves, James Butt and the promising Colin French were on target for Trojans, while goals by Sam Butterfield, Rob Goodchild, Ben Hibberd and Mark Maunsell secured Winchester's win.
Lymington cricket ace Conor Moors scored twice in Bournemouth's 2-2 draw at Southgate, while Fareham II shared the spoils in an eight-goal thriller at Croydon.
Rock bottom Fareham are boosted by Alex Boxall's return ahead of Sunday's National League South 1 derby against Havant at Henry Cort, 12.30pm.
Boxall, left, missed last weekend's 8-1 mauling by Oxford Hawks, a result which left Fareham bottom of the pile.
Fareham have managed only one win - a 4-2 success against Brighton & Hove - but now have teenager Will Penrose back from Cardiff University to play alongside his brother in midfield.
Havant lie fifth in the log and could have Craig Duffy back after injury. They beat Canterbury 1-0 on Sunday.
The lunchtime match will be followed by an England Under-18 Cup tie between Fareham and Team Bath.
Southampton Hockey Club are hosting the 4th Roger Merry Memorial Mini Tournament (32nd tournament since Roger started hosting it in the city) on Sunday at Southampton Sports Centre.
There are 28 x U8 and U10 teams with 250-plus participating from eight different clubs, Andover, Bournemouth, New Forest, Romsey, Salisbury, Southampton, Trojans and Winchester. Southampton will be supplying young umpires for all the matches.
There will be a coffee & cake stall, plus a raffle and Holt & Haskell Hockey Shop will be on site. Southampton Hockey Club will also be collecting money at the Tournament for Children in Need.
Anyone familiar with recent South Women’s League matches between Fareham Ladies and Southampton will know that they are close, very competitive and, particularly away from home, have usually proved to be frustrating games for Fareham. Saturday's match proved to be no different, with Southampton clawing back a 3-1 half-time deficit to draw 3-3.
With the game played throughout in steady Sports Centre rain, Fareham could not have asked for a better start. Georgia Collins intercepted a pass in her own half in the fifth minute and broke away before sending a defence-splitting pass through to Vicky Field. Composing herself, Vicky slipped the ball past the advancing keeper to open the scoring.
Six minutes later Georgia was involved again as her shot from a penalty corner picked up a final touch from Heather Batten to double the lead.
Any thoughts that the game might prove to be one-sided were banished within sixty seconds. There did not appear to be too much danger from Southampton's next attack but Sue Merry [pictured] managed to find some space when the ball was played into the 'D' and finished with a clever deflection to bring the home team back into the game.
The visitors restored their two-goal lead in the 22nd minute. A shot from Heather Batten was saved but the ball ran loose for Rachael Millington-Clark to finish from close range.
Although the score remained 3-1 at half-time, Fareham would have cause to rue the fact that they didn't manage to convert any further chances and extend their lead further before the break.
The opening minutes of the second half offered no immediate clues as to what was to follow but steadily Southampton gained the initiative and they reduced the deficit when Zoe Stride scored from the penalty spot in the 44th minute following a foul.
Fareham were now struggling to re-establish their passing game and found themselves under increasing pressure and an equalizer always looked likely.
It came in the 54th minute when Natalie Romain found herself in space following a penalty corner and she finished with an unstoppable shot.
Southampton looked the more likely side to find a winner at this point, but Fareham had reason to feel aggrieved that they were not awarded a penalty stroke of their own when a foul only resulted in a penalty corner. Despite this most of the action was still around the visitors’ goal until the closing moments when Fareham mounted a series of attacks. They came close but somehow just couldn't apply a finishing touch that would have produced the winning goal.
For the second successive week, Winchester (beaten 10-2 at Guildford seven days earlier) came up against a significantly superior side in Indian Gymkhana, this time featuring an ex-Olympian (Richard Alexander) and again failed to limit the damage. They were beaten 7-1.
The visitors needed to stay in the game as long as possible but fell behind to a re-taken Alex Idoine short corner after the initial attempt hit Harry Trussler on the arm outside of the post.
Winchester were creating chances of their own but were hugely frustrating in front of goal. They fell further behind after failing to deal with the stick skills and speed of the league's top scorer Alex Idoine (17 in 7 games) whose tidy cross was finished easily by an unmarked player at the back post.
Idoine piled on the misery further when he dragged another short corner under the Winchester post man to make it 3-0.
Despite the deficit, manager George Harris [pictured] rightly pointed out that the team should still be in the game and praised the out-letting and build up play at half-time.
Desperately needing to score the next goal to be in the hunt, Winchester fell further behind when Idoine once again ghosted in behind the back line after they failed to deal with a Gymkhana aerial and he finished from a tight angle after going around keeper Ally Birch. After they scored a fifth from close range, it looked like a similar fate from the previous week's 10-2 drubbing but Winchester replied when the hard working Sam Butterfield bagged his first Winchester goal after some excellent ball-hustling from Luke Whittome. That optimism was short lived, however, as Gymkhana passed and moved with ease in midfield and were able to shoot at will.
They scored a rebound off Birch, before an excellent back post deflection for their seventh. With time still left on the clock it looked as if it could be double figures again, but Winchester's man of the match, Nick Clark, swept and cleared with composure and authority for the remainder of the game. The result leaves the city side with Trojans rock bottom of South Premier 1 and desperately in need of some points.
Sam Broadhurst was on target as Trojans were beaten 2-1 by visiting Hampstead & Westminster.
For over an hour it looked as though Australian Under-21 international goalkeeper Cade Banditt might stage a Ned Kelly style robbery and deny Havant victory.
But Pakistan’s Atiq Arshad (pictured scoring above) hit Havant’s winner six minutes from time to give his side a slender 1-0 victory and a lift to fifth place in National League South 1.
The talented Queenslander pulled off a string of fine saves as Havant pulled the strings in the first half with Charlie Stubbings and Arshad denied.
As the half developed, Canterbury sat back to absorb the pressure and relied on quick breaks. Havant continued to press forward but were frustrated, which resulted in too much individual dribbling with the ball rather than team inter play.
Within a minute of the restart of the second half Havant had a golden opportunity to take the lead after Michael Deller-Merricks crossed the ball in front of the keeper and a diving Jamie Whitehouse slid in deflecting the ball just past the far post.
Havant were playing some fast attacking hockey and at times there were some slick inter-passing, one such move saw Stubbings get into an excellent position wide of the goal, but the narrow angle saw him find the outside of the side board.
In the 41st minute Havant won their second penalty corner of the game after Stubbings had found a visitors foot in the circle. Federico Bertoni's flick was saved by Banditt and the rebound found Janicki, but the pace of the ball made it impossible to control.
Canterbury then had their best chance of the game when a ball bounced past a defender in front of goal and luckily for Havant the ball also bounced past a Canterbury stick, which only needed the faintest of touches.
Just before the end of the third quarter Havant were mounting a series of attacks, whilst Canterbury sat deep to defend in numbers, relying on the break.
This tactic frustrated Havant and nothing was quite going their way. Arshad won Havant’s third penalty corner after his stick was tapped in the 51st minute. This time Havant tried a variation and the result saw the ball go the wrong side of the post once again.
Manuel Silvetti was the next one to test Banditt, but he continued to have an inspired game and patted away a goal bound shot with ease.
Havant continued to mount a number of attacks, but could not breach the Canterbury defence with any regularity, and when they did the hugely impressive Banditt was up to the challenge.
As time was running out, Havant were rewarded for their pressure when Stubbings shot at goal from a narrow angle. He topped the shot which fell to Matt Cox, who intelligently and quickly switched the ball past Banditt to Arshad, who pushed it into the empty goal with six minutes left on the clock.
Bournemouth climbed into third place in South League Premier Division 2 West with a 2-1 win over Maidenhead - but had to put in some defence overtime before securing their fourth victory in seven outings.
A goal in each half by Sam Bury [pictured] and Conor Moors won it for Bournemouth, who made a bright start, keeping possession for large periods before taking a deserved lead from a penalty corner.
Bury has perfected a slow motion drag flick over the years and his shot found the bottom corner.
Bournemouth moved up a gear, playing the ball around the back, allowing runs to be made higher up the pitch.
But Bournemouth’s confidence was punctured when Maidenhead began to create more pressure and, despite some often frantic Lions defending, equalised through James Luff.
Bournemouth bounced back and might have regained the lead several times before Conor Moors bagged his fourth goal of the season to give his relieved side the win points.
Fareham go into Sunday’s derby against Havant rock bottom of National League South 1 following a crushing 8-1 defeat by Oxford Hawks.
Ravaged by injuries – Niall Stott and James Speke have broken legs, Danny Rawlins has broken his thumb and Adam Bloomfield is nursing a broken toe – Fareham have conceded 18 goals in their last three matches.
Head coach Ben Barnes described the Oxford defeat as “a bad day. The guys are hurting so it’s essential we re-group for the Havant match on Sunday.”
Fareham found themselves 2-0 down after 12 minutes and were three adrift by half-time as Oxford, who began the match in last place, homed in on their first win of the season.
The visitors managed to stem the tide for 20 minutes or so in the second half and forced six unconverted penalty corners.
“We fell away badly in the last quarter,” conceded Barnes, who saw Oxford score three times in as many minutes with Alex Copestake finishing with four goals as Oxford built an 8-0 lead.
Rob Wilson got Fareham’s consolation goal from a short corner three minutes from time.
Fareham seconds are propping up Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 after a 3-2 home defeat by Teddington in which Andy Allen scored twice.
Fareham and Havant have slightly strange push-back times for their weekend England Hockey National South League matches.
Fareham's relegation six-pointer at Oxford Hawks is at Saturday at 5.30pm, while Havant's Remembrance Sunday home game with Canterbury at the College will begin at the earlier time of 12.30pm.
Hampshire clubs occupy the top three places in South Women’s League Division 3B, with Havant moving into second place behind leaders Fareham after a 4-2 win over Southampton.
Southampton twice came from behind to equalize, but were eventually unable to wipe out the two second half goals which gave Havant a fourth win in five matches.
The sides exchanged first half penalty corner conversions – Charlotte Gammon for Havant and Lauren Gunner equalizing for the visitors – before Gammon sliced Southampton open again. Zoe Stride then made it 2-2 with her eighth goal of the season.
But there was no coming back a third time for Southampton, as goals by Emily ? and Poppy Herbert gave Havant a 4-2 win.
Heather Batten and Vicky Field scored twice each as Fareham trimmed Aldershot & Farnham 4-0 to give their confidence a boost ahead of Saturday’s high noon Sports Centre showdown against Southampton.
Promoted Winchester slapped Tulse Hill & Dulwich 5-1.
Winchester suffered probably their heaviest ever defeat when unbeaten South League Premier Division leaders Guildford crushed them 10-2 at Broadwater – ironically after the ancient capital city side had led 1-0 !
Ross Fergusson notched a double hat-trick as Guildford swept to a sixth straight win to enhance their positions as favourites to repeat last season’s title triumph.
All started optimistically for the visitors as Winchester forced their way into the opposition "D" and Ben Hibberd slammed home from the edge of the area.
They knew there would be a response, but centre backs Harry Trussler and James Pauley held firm, at least for a few minutes.
Then the retaliation came swiftly in three quick counter-punches. Firstly a well-worded penalty corner, then a long through ball to the unmarked Ferguson and then a brilliant deflection from a narrow angle. Winchester had had barely time to draw breath between them.
Keeper Ally Birch then made a great save (applauded by a large home crowd) to keep Winchester alive and enabling the visitors to gain some composure in the lead up to half time and continued to create their own chances.
However, Guildford's fourth came shortly before the break and effectively put the game out of reach as the Winchester defence needed on-too-many touches to clear to safety and paid the ultimate price. The last play of the half saw Kent Langridge's effort cleared off the line by a Guildford defender. Half-time Guildford 4 Winchester 1.
The second period was one to forget for Winchester, who tried throughout to frustrate Guildford's superior ball possession and passing accuracy but were hit relentlessly with a succession of goals.
The first a dribbling effort that just made it over the line, then a powerful drag flick, then a penalty stroke, then a well worked open play effort from the left flank.
Todd Hutcheson gave Winchester some cheer as he fired home from Luke Whittome's cross to make it 8-2, but late goals, one a solo effort rounding full back and keeper and a final penalty corner drag flick took them into double figures.
George Harris's young team is still developing and would have learned much from this game in which they continued to try to play decent hockey throughout.
However, next they are faced with a second successive away game against second placed Indian Gymkhana, who nailed Trojans to the bottom with a 5-w win at Stoneham Lane, where Alex Odoine scored four times. Matty Bell and Scott Summers were on target for struggling Trojans.
In Hampshire/Surrey Regional 1, Fareham were thumped 9-0 by leaders Barnes and lie on the league basement with one solitary win from six outings.
Basingstoke, in contrast, are second after a 5-2 win over Oxted with goals from Andy Pett (2), Ben Jubin, Dean Record, and Phil Stewart.
Bournemouth twice allowed a two-goal advantage to slip through their fingers as South Premier League Division 2 West cellar dwellers Woking forced a 3-3 draw to end a five-match losing sequence.
The visitors made a positive start with Conor Moors converting an early penalty corner and then Charlie Cooper, back after an enforced sabbatical, made it 2-0 after riding several tackles outside the D.
Torrential rain slowed the pace of the game and allowed Woking to catch their guests napping with Andy Pike launching his hat-trick after frantic goal-line saves by Bournemouth pair Ross Hattemore and Matt Squires.
Fourth placed Bournemouth responded immediately with George Baugniet scoring another short corner to give the visitors a 3-1 interval lead.
But failure to take their chances cost Bournemouth dear as Pike clawed it back to 3-2 after a fine save from Bailey Chatwin and, with five minutes left, the Woking hit man grabbed the equaliser after the visitors failed to deal with a long hopeful ball into their territory.
Moors almost won it for Bournemouth late on, but was denied by a fine save from former university goalkeeper Max Deeley.
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