Former Great Britain Olympian James Tindall stunned Fareham with a hat-trick inside the first eight minutes of their National Hockey League Western Conference opener.
He ended up with a personal four-goal tally which pointed newly promoted Old Georgians to a resounding 6-1 win.
Ironically, a changed Fareham side from last season – Ben Hibberd and Rob Moore have joined Winchester, and Ed Carson has moved to Reading, where he scored on his National League debut – snatched a surprise third minute lead at Weybridge.
Danny Rawlins picked up an Ariel ball from Jamie Young and drew the OGs goalkeeper before crossing for David Roach to tap Fareham in front, writes Mike Vimpany.
But within five minutes Fareham were turn apart as Tindall, who played in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and scored in the 2012 men’s semi-final, scored a hat-trick.
It got even worse for Fareham as Liam Doidge converted a 24th minute penalty corner and Elliott Messon made it 5-1 as last season’s runaway South Premier League champions threatened a rout.
Although in shock, the young Fareham team regrouped at half time and restricted Old Georgians to a fourth Tindall goal five minutes from time.
Fareham coach Ben Barnes reflected: “We have a young and inexperienced side and it showed in the first half when we gave far too much possession away and paid the penalty.
“We have to learn from this. I was pleased, with some hope, we improved in the second half, but by then the damage was done.”
Fareham’s face Team Bath Buccaneers visit Henry Cort on Saturday, 1.30, the students having lost their opener 3-2 to Cardiff & Met.
“We will need to learn the lessons from the OGs defeat to give ourselves a chance today quickly to give ourselves a chance next weekend.’
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