Bournemouth twice clawed back a two-goal deficit to share the South Premier League Division 1 spoils in a 3-3 draw with visiting Staines at Chapel Gate.
Behind 3-1 at half-time, they played the bulk of the second half with only ten men after Charlie Cooper was red carded, but salvaged a point through strikes by Conor Moors and George Baugniet.
Bournemouth, having created and fluffed chances early on, fell behind to a 20th minute penalty stroke by Staines skipper Richard Green awarded against goalkeeper Bailey Chatwin.
Staines went 2-0 up through James Laszio, who scored their winner in the opening day 1-0 win over Surbiton, his goal prompting indiscipline in the Lions camp and a flurry of cards.
Ironically, Bournemouth produced some decent hockey down to ten men and just before half-time Matt Squires ignited an unlikely break down the left-hand side to convert his first goal in four seasons and make it 2-1.
Bournemouth began the second half well, but a mistake in midfield led to Matt Wells making it 3-1 for Staines, against the run of play.
The task got harder when Cooper was sent off for dissent following a foul, but Bournemouth’s remaining ten responded and within five minutes it was 3-2, a quick turnover and a pass into the marauding Ross Hattemore, who went for a trademark wobble through the midfield before sliding the ball to Lymington cricket ace Conor Moors.
Bournemouth went for broke and late on got their deserts. George Baugniet created and finished a penalty corner with a classy upright reverse stick shot.
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