After playing top of the league last week, the ladies 3s were looking to go into the Christmas break with a win against bottom of the league, Gosport, and they didn’t disappoint. The opposition started well but Basingstoke quickly got into their stride passing the ball at pace, with the opposition struggling to cope and out of their depth. Tania Bridge quickly opened the scoring and was soon followed by Jasmine Payne who tapped in one from a penalty corner, whilst Nicola Burridge beat the keeper in a one-on-one confrontation to find the back of the net. Basingstoke’s pressure was relentless, and a cracking first half ended with Basingstoke 5-0 up with both Bridge and Payne securing their second goals following good team interplay.
In the second half, Gosport came back fighting, but to no avail, as Basingstoke added two more goals to their tally. Katie Smith finished off a swift counter attacking move, and player of the match, Nicola Burridge scored the goal of the game with a drag flick from a penalty corner. The game finished with a well-deserved 7-0 win.
In their final game, before the Christmas break, Basingstoke ladies 1s sponsored by KJS Solicitors, drew 4-4 against Surbiton 2s, displaying some of their best hockey to date, in what was a thrilling top of the table clash. Both teams scored outstanding goals in a game which demonstrated great attacking flair and creativity. Highlights included a combined team effort, which culminated in a powerful first time shot from Clare Griffiths. Player of the match, Alice Lane, intercepted the ball in the attacking third and threaded a ball through to Fiona Parker in the circle, who showed great skill to beat the keeper. Claire Bowman scored to take her tally up to seven for the season so far. Fiona Parker scored her second goal to join Bowman as joint top scorers for Basingstoke. Both teams had opportunities to snatch all three points in the final minutes of the game, with Basingstoke having the best chances. However, neither team could exploit this opportunity, with the game concluding 4-4. Basingstoke remain second in the league. Two points behind Surbiton and two points ahead of Oxford University going into the Christmas break.
Ladies 2’s drew 2-2 vs Havant 2s with goals coming from Sarah Mainprise and Sarah Lemasney.
With eleven wins out of eleven going into the Christmas break, the Ladies 4s won 3-2 against Winchester 4s, with two goals coming from Saf Whitwham and Ella Boyd scoring Basingstoke’s third.
Ladies 5s remained focused with a solid performance against Havant 4s. The first half started with Basingstoke having the upper hand and scoring a cracking goal fifteen minutes into the game through Amy Rowe, with the opposition equalising just before half time.
In the second half, the 5s stepped up their game, with strong attacking play, which resulted in two goals from Toyah Jefferies. There were a few scary moments in the latter stages of the game, when Basingstoke were caught on the counter attack, however this amounted to nothing. The game ended with a 3-1 win to the 5s.
The ladies 7s drew 0-0 against Isle of Wight with player of the match going to Eleanor Roberts
This week in their away match, the men's 1s Lost 4-2 against Purely, with goals coming from
Dean Record and Will Jewkes. In a well-deserved win, the men's 3s won 10-0 against Southampton University 4s. Euan Rixson scored Basingstoke’s only goal in their 3-1 loss against Havant.
The men’s 6s lost 4-2 against Aldershot and Farnham, with player of the match going to Stephen Smart who scored the 6s two goals coupled with a strong all-round performance.
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Updated 18:02 - 24 Jan 2019 by Paul Carruthers