A late goal by Chris Davey, his second of the tie, enabled Fareham to turn a 2-1 half-time deficit into a 3-2 win over Winchester in England Hockey’s new Tier 1 Championships.
Glazing technician (aka window cleaner) Davey (pictured) scored both his goals in the second half as Fareham’s young side twice came from behind at Kings’.
Winchester took a first half lead from a well worked short corner routine converted by Craig Sims but saw their advantage cancelled out when Fareham, after an undistinguished period of hockey, levelled from a penalty stroke.
Jamie Rawlings converted the flick, awarded after his own shot, from a penalty corner melee, had been blocked on the line.
But Winchester reasserted their control and deservedly restored their lead just before the break with a freak goal – a shot from James Pauley deflecting off a Fareham player and catching the handle of Kent Langridge’s stick before flying into the net.
Fareham, who included four schoolboys among eight under 20-year old player in what was effectively a development squad, regrouped at half-time.
It took only a matter of minutes before Scotsman Christian McKenna swept down the right and laid on an equaliser for Chris Davey, who made it 2-2.
Winchester twice saw efforts cleared off the line before Fareham hit them with a late counter-attack – Luke Cornish creating a circle insertion before feeding George Davey to lay on the winner for his elder brother.
Winchester threw a kicking-back into the mix in the latter stages, but their last ditch pressure went unrewarded.
Back (from left): George Davey, Chris Davey, Danny Rawlings, Jamie Rawlings, Christian McKenna, Kieran Page, David Andersson, Rory Kemp, Fergus Jackson. Front: Luke Cornish, Jamie Young, Tom Larcombe, James Seager, Jac Way, Will Jones, Philip Larcombe.
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