Winchester were disappointed having only come away with a 1-1 draw against fellow fancied South Premier League Division 2 rivals Tulse Hill & Dulwich at Kings’.
“Whilst the result should not be too disheartening against the team that finished third last year, given the number of chances that Winchester created, the boys will feel that they could have come away with all three points,” reflected player/coach Ben Hibberd.
Ex GB Olympian Rob Moore, whose skill and guile Winchester believe will be a great asset, made his debut almost scored with his first opportunity.
But his agonising miss was a sign of things to come as many good Winchester chances went unconverted with most of the midfield and forward line guilty of profligacy in front of goal.
Despite not scoring Winchester continued to look composed with the influential Craig Sims confidently breaking down Tulse Hill attacks and looking to quickly instigate dangerous forays into the visitors half.
But they were always susceptible to the counter attack – the Surrey visitors snatching the lead through Greg Rozenkranz.
Winchester regrouped and after spurning more chances got back on level terms with ten minutes left – Ed Malloy winning a penalty corner which Kent Langridge converted.
His equaliser set up a frantic finish, but with Hibberd and Mark Maunsell spurning chances, it ended all square.
Winless Trojans lie bottom of SP2 after losing 2-1 at Staines, where Ben Frost was on target.
Welcome to Vimps at the Hockey
Powered by Cricket-Hockey.com, the hockey equipment specialists in Downton, Salisbury