Basingstoke ladies 1s, sponsored by KJS Solicitors made a lively start to their game this week against Teddington with strong attacking play. Teddington gave away a foul early in the game. Basingstoke showed their experience and professionalism by fully exploiting this opportunity allowing Jo Bowden to open the scoring seven minutes into the game.
Teddington’s response was to make it difficult for Basingstoke to keep possession. Scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, by attacking down the wings and crossing the ball into Basingstoke’s circle. The first goal was a deflection in front of the keeper and the second a lifted shot from close range.
As the first half progressed Basingstoke was able to read Teddington’s style of play, and gain confidence to stage an attack on the right-hand side, which allowed Roxy O'Dea to confidently volley home the equaliser.
Five minutes into the second half, the 1s took the lead through Clare Griffiths, who beat the Teddington keeper to find the back of the net from a tight angled shot. Teddington continued to look for an equaliser, however Basingstoke were equal to their efforts with man of the match Claire Bowman demonstrating her superior attacking skills, commitment and awareness. Basingstoke closed out the game 3-2 winners. This result keeps Basingstoke joint second in the league. Next week they welcome Tulse Hill & Dulwich to Down Grange.
In an evenly matched game, the ladies 2s drew 2-2 against Southampton 2s, thanks to goals from Cath McCormick and Sarah Shearing.
The ladies 3s got straight into their game early on with tenacious work down the right side resulting in Tania Bridge getting an early goal against Romsey 2s. Despite having plenty of possession, Basingstoke didn’t add to their tally until ten minutes before the end when Nicky Houghton picked up a loose defensive pass and slotted it past the keeper. Katie Smith tapped in the third goal, thanks to a penalty corner which was awarded in the last few minutes of the game. The game concluded with a 3-0 win, resulting in three well deserved points taking the team to 8th in the table.
Ladies 4s showed great skill and determination by winning 5-0 against Isle of Wight.
Most valued player Saf Whitwham scored a hat trick, with the other two goals each coming from Beth Flintoff and Charlie Rixon.
In a thrilling home game, the Ladies 5s won 2-0 against Southampton. The wet weather didn’t deter the ladies 5s determination of wanting to continue with their winning streak.
A lovely strike from Georgie Kenwood early in the first half, found the back of the net, with her second goal coming in a few minutes before half-time. In the second half, Southampton tried to stage a comeback but to no avail, while Basingstoke had a lot of missed opportunities which they couldn’t convert. The game concluded with another well-deserved win for the ladies 5s.
Looking to build on their win from last week. The ladies 6s welcomed Southampton University to Down Grange. The game started with Basingstoke having plenty of possession but unable to find their rhythm. Whilst a determined Southampton side held strong in defence. However, Basingstoke scored first with Joey Lockyer hitting a powerful shot past the goalkeeper. Not to be out done, Southampton equalised just before half time. In the second half, due to unyielding pressure, Basingstoke found themselves on the backfoot, but held strong in defence. This hard game concluded 1-1, with a solid performance from everyone in the team.
The experienced ladies 7s annihilated Gosport’s defence by winning 7-0. The end of the first half saw Basingstoke leading 2-0. In the second half the ladies 7s continued to play great hockey, resulting in an additional five goals being scored. Jess Ochtman scored four goals, Ella Montagnon two, and the final goal coming from Helen Hellier who made her first debut for the club.
The under 14 girls lost 3-2 against Fleet and Ewshott. Goal scorers were Katerina Pole and Madeleine Ripton-Palmer. Unfortunately, a missed penalty flick in the last few seconds could have resulted in a draw, but it wasn’t to be. However, a good effort from the whole team.
Basingstoke men’s 1s, won 4-1 against Sunbury and Walton Hawks, with two goals coming from Grant Rouse. While Graham Garrett-Lang and Will Jewkes each scored a goal. The men’s 2s struggled to find a win this week, losing 2-0 against Yateley, however onwards to the next game.
The Men's 3s lost 2-1 to Salisbury, with Basingstoke’s goal coming from Kyle McFee. The men’s 4s tried to hold their own but were unable to make inroads in their game and sadly lost 4-1 against Aldershot & Farnham. Basingstoke’s consolation goal came from most valued player Adam Smith.
Men's 5s finished their game 2-0 winners against Aldershot & Farnham 6's, with the first goal coming from a penalty corner, which Dave Cramer had no problem in converting, and the second goal coming from a fantastic shot from Tommy Reading. Unfortunately, the men's 6s narrowly lost 1-0 against Camberley, however onwards to their next game where they are hoping to secure a win.
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Updated 12:41 - 1 Dec 2018 by Paul Carruthers