Basingstoke Ladies 1s sponsored by KJ Smith solicitors drew 1-1 in their first game of the week against Maidenhead. The game was evenly matched from start to finish with Basingstoke’s goal coming from Rachel Roberts. Unfortunately, in their second game on Sunday, the ladies 1s lost 4-1 against a tough Wimbledon opposition. In their game this week, the ladies 2’s lost 2-0 against Romsey.
It was an early start for the ladies 3s on Saturday as they took on Winchester at Down Grange. This was always going to be a tough match with both teams having little time on the ball and using their pace to set up the best attacks. Basingstoke had several chances to take the lead, but a combination of profligacy and good defending ensured that Winchester took a two-goal lead in the first half, despite player of the match Brigitte Wood’s best efforts to marshal the defence. In the second half the 3s piled on pressure and eventually pulled one back with Caroline Mackay finishing off a fast break. Despite throwing caution to the wind, the 3s could not find an equaliser and sadly lost 1-2 against Winchester.
The ladies 4s won 6-1 against Southampton, with strong attack playing and well placed passing leading to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half. The ladies perseverance paid off in the second half, resulting in an additional four goals, with the game concluding with a well-deserved win.
The ladies 5s showed no mercy in their match against Gosport this week. The 5s had the upper had from the onset and didn’t let-up, and despite the unexpected February heat managed to score a plethora of goals. Georgie Kenwood scored a hat-trick, Toyah Jefferies scored two goals. While, Sue Pett, Karen Binney, Milly Raybould, Fortune Belcher and Lynn Wood also managing to get their names on the scoresheet. The game concluded with a 10–0 win to an elated ladies 5s.
Great weather and high spirits were the order of the day in the ladies 7s match against Fleet and Ewshot. The first half saw some great hockey with the 7s having the upper hand, but just struggling to convert and find the back of the net. Eventually, Karen Coles scored her debut goal, thanks to a great pass from Lynda Day. The second half saw great passing and two additional goals coming from Lynda Day and Claire Keeley. The game concluded with a well-deserved 3-0 win, with player of the match going to Jenny Rust for her guidance and encouragement throughout the game.
In the ladies under 14 game, a very hot Sunday in February proved to be telling in their match against Haslemere, with the girls standing firm to take a 1-0 lead from Charlotte Du Boulay’s goal. Great play from Basingstoke kept Haslemere at bay for most of the first half. In the second half, Haslemere levelled the game with two goals in succession. The score line could have been worse, had it not been for some great defending from the under 14s. The girls showed true grit and determination with great play through the midfield and some super links into the front line. Emily Belcher kept the defence busy, and her persistence paid off with a goal, bringing the score line to a 2-2 draw. Basingstoke pushed on for the winner and a well-deserved goal from Captain Megan Payne took Basingstoke into the lead, and the game concluding with a 3-2 win.
The men's 1s drew 3-3 against Sunbury with two goals from Dean Record and the other goal coming from Graham Garret-Lang.
The men’s 2s game started well against Yateley, however Basingstoke quickly found themselves down 1-0, thanks to early penalty corners. Basingstoke weren’t behind for long with Phil Stewart deflecting a strike into the bottom corner. The 2s started to control the game and scored a second goal just before half-time after some great hockey in midfield resulted in a well-placed goal from Dan Holding. The second half started with Basingstoke controlling the game and Yateley scoring early on. With the score at 2-2 both teams were looking for a winner, which game in the form of a composed lift by Andy Goddard finding the back of the net. Basingstoke were now in full flow and quickly made it 4-2 through Phil Stewart for his second of the game and then Will Malone put the game to bed with a nicely timed run resulting in a great strike from the edge of the box, and the game concluding with a 5-2 win to Basingstoke.
The men's 3s beat Salisbury 5-1, and the men’s 4s lost 5-2 against Aldershot and Farnham. In a thrilling match, the men’s 5’s won 9-1 against Aldershot and Farnham, with four goals from
Tommy Reading, three goals from Nick Dudman and a goal each from Dave Cramer and Nick Horsey. Not to be out done, the men's 6s also won their match 2-1 against Camberley and Farnborough.
The under 16 boys played a tough match against Fareham, a Division one team, in the second round of the Ashman Cup. With only eleven players on an unseasonably warm day, the boys worked hard to keep the other team at bay. However, Fareham managed to slot home numerous goals at regular intervals throughout the match. Lucas Chambers finally scored a goal for Basingstoke towards the end of the second half earning himself player of the match. The final result, of 15-1 means that Fareham proceed to the next round.
Updated 17:51 - 14 Mar 2019 by Paul Carruthers
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