This week, Basingstoke Ladies 1s sponsored by KJS Solicitors were under pressure from a competitive London Wanderers. From the onset, Basingstoke showed their speed and well drilled execution through Fiona Parker who scored Basingstoke’s first goal. Wanderers quickly drew level, with both teams creating opportunities to take the lead. Wanderers scored through a penalty corner to go into half time 2-1 up.
In the second half, Basingstoke stepped up their game, with positivity and resilience, and appeared to have equalised, but this was disallowed. Basingstoke showed professionalism by getting on with the game and continuing to push for a goal. Before long they were rewarded, with a goal from Claire Bowman who beat the keeper from close range. The partisan home crowd got behind their team, making it difficult for the umpires resulting in stoppages, cards and confusion. Captain, and player of the match Catriona Bausor led by example in her endeavours to get a winning goal, but it wasn’t to be in this hard game, and the game concluded with a 2-2 draw.
Ladies 2s lost 5-3 against Trojans, with goals coming from, Sarah Mainprise, Philippa O’Sullivan and Michelle Rounding.
Looking to continue their winning streak, the Ladies 3s were up against Yateley, who forced some fantastic saves from keeper Nicky Ball early on before taking the lead. In the second half the 3’s played a more controlled and structured game, which was rewarded through a penalty corner, with Nicola Burridge finishing superbly on the reverse stick. This spurred Basingstoke on to play some great hockey. The increase in pressure saw Yateley lose the ball a yard from goal allowing Nicky Houghton to find the back of the net, and the game concluding with a well-deserved 2-1 win.
Continuing top form, the Ladies 4s won 3-2 against West Meon, goal scorers were Sharon Holden, Beth Flintoff and Saf Whitwham.
Ladies 5s won 5-2 against Yateley 3s in a thrilling match at Down Grange, with Yateley expecting to walk away with an easy win. However, the 5s had plans of their own, which led to Basingstoke opening the scoring in the first half through Izzy Hussey. Basingstoke’s second goal came from Karen Binney through a deflected shot, with Yateley managing to get a goal back before half time.
In the second half, Yateley attempted an aggressive come back, which allowed them to claw a goal back. However, Basingstoke meant business, and succeeded in scoring an additional three goals through Amy Rowe, one of which was a fantastic goal from a well-executed penalty corner.
Ladies 6s were up against top of the league Romsey 3s this week. From the start Romsey showed strength and confidence, pinning Basingstoke in their own half. Despite the pressure Basingstoke looked threatening on the break, however, Romsey found an opening, putting them 1-0 just before half-time.
In the second half the 6s found some rhythm and enjoyed a bit of attacking pressure of their own, managing to score their first goal through Rosanna Goddard. The second goal came from Megan Payne through a wonderful shot, with no response from the keeper. With the score at 2-2 and all to play for Romsey were able to scramble the ball into Basingstoke’s goal to regain their lead. Followed by another goal with only a few minutes remaining. The game finished with 4-2 loss.
The Ladies 7s lost 3-0 against Romsey. After a tough week of trying to field a team due to injuries and illness, the ladies 7s travelled to Romsey with ten players. A brilliant effort was made by everyone, with the opposition only managing to score one goal in the first half. The 7s were in with a chance, trying to find scoring opportunities against a strong keeper. The 3-0 loss doesn’t reflect how well the ladies played and the resilience shown by every member of the team.
On the youth side, the under 16 girls lost 6-1 against Aldershot & Farnham. Ellie Rixon scored Basingstoke’s goal.
Men’s 1s won 4-3 away to Hazelmere this week. Two goals from Will Jewkes, and one each from Grant Rouse and Mark Smith.
After an encouraging performance last week against Gillingham, albeit a defeat, the men’s 2s, were searching for a win against Southampton at Down Grange! The home side opened the scoring from a short corner, with Josh Weir stylishly flicking the ball over the keeper. However, a succession of passes down the right side of the pitch from Southampton led to a goal to make it 1-1, with their second goal coming from a well-planned short corner.
Basingstoke were still fighting to get back into the game, which they did through Dan Holding striking the ball powerfully past the keeper into the far right corner of the goal levelling the game 2-2 at half-time.
The second half began with both sides attempting to take the lead. With only a few minutes remaining, Southampton scored, with the game concluding with a disappointing 3-2 loss to the men’s 2s. This result leaves Basingstoke desperate for a win next week against Southampton University.
Another three points and a solid performance from the men’s 4s against Fareham 6s. Basingstoke dominated most of the game. Adam Neighbour delivered a fast and accurate pass to the back post from a short corner for Euan Rixson to finish. Moments later, Harry Cave was in the right place at the right time to slot the ball past Fareham's keeper to make it 2-0 to Basingstoke in the first half.
Fareham responded by throwing everything they had at Basingstoke and came up trumps with a goal. Basingstoke responded with continued pressure, resulting in a goal from Eliot Boyd to close the game with a 3-1 win to Basingstoke.
The men’s 3s lost 3-0 to Gillingham, whilst the men’s 5s drew 2-2 against Yateley. Disappointingly the men's 6s lost 8-0 again Petersfield, but a good team performance
On the youth side the under 16 boys where at home against Andover. The teams seemed evenly matched, until Tommy Reading scored Basingstoke’s first goal fifteen minutes into the game. Andover responded with three goals in succession leaving the score at 1-3 at half time. However, Basingstoke did not give up the fight with Lucas Chambers finding the back of the net just two minutes into the second half only for Andover to respond in kind.
Josh Grice then scored Basingstoke's third goal a few minutes later. The race was on for the home team to find at least one more goal, but it wasn’t to be. The game concluded with a 3-4 loss.
The under 12 boys lost 2-1 against Yateley. In a game where Basingstoke camped in the opposition’s half for most of the game, but were unable to convert, with the Yateley goalkeeper performing some amazing saves.
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Updated 07:22 - 7 Dec 2018 by Paul Carruthers