Basingstoke Ladies 1s sponsored by KJS Solicitors, struggled to convert their form in friendlies to league success this weekend losing 1-0 against Oxford University. Basingstoke found it difficult to get pace and movement with Oxford University’s goal coming from an attack down the wing which sent the ball across the circle, despite a scramble in front of goal, the ball fell to an Oxford University player who found the winning goal. This sparked a turnaround from Basingstoke who piled on pressure for the remaining forty-five minutes to get an equaliser. Oxford University defended well, denying the 1s that that elusive goal.
On Sunday, the ladies 1s faced national league team Trojans, in the Hampshire cup. Basingstoke started well, with both teams playing open attacking hockey, and Trojans subsequently scoring from a well-executed penalty corner in the first half. Throughout the match Basingstoke showed great skill and teamwork. Trojans showed their class with the Basingstoke goalkeeper making some brilliant saves. Basingstoke battled on to the end but uncharacteristically could not find the back of the net, with the game concluding with a 1-0 defeat.
The ladies 2s won 5-1 against Eastleigh. With two goals coming from Sarah Shearing, and Jude Bird. Katie Hossick and Leah Redding also added to the tally by scoring a goal each. Unfortunately, the ladies 4s were on the receiving end of their first lost this season, losing 4-3 against Poole.
Another strong performance from the ladies 3s who won 4-0 against Southampton University, with two goals each from Tania Bridge and Annette MacInnes. The pick of the goals was a full-length dive from Bridge who deflected a through ball from Cath McCormack high into the net whilst MacIness’ goals were both set up following excellent work from Nicky Houghton. Onwards to the next game.
IBM Nomads found themselves on the receiving end of an 8-0 thumping against the ladies 5s. IBM Nomads found themselves out played and down 3-0 in the first half. The 5s added further to the oppositions’ woes with an additional five goals in the second half. The eight goals were made up of, four goals coming from Lyn Wood, two goals from Ellie Rixon, with Karen Binney and Toyah Jefferies also adding a goal each to the score sheet. Another solid team performance from the ladies 5s.
Basingstoke ladies 6s welcomed New Forest this week. The pace of the game was high from the onset, and Basingstoke found themselves creating a lot of chances which were matched by the opposition. The 6s won the first short corner, with player of the match Philippa Spicers’ goal being disallowed for being hit above the backboard. Basingstoke played great passing play from defence through midfield to attack. The second half brought more of the same, with New Forests’ short corner also being disallowed for being above the backboard. The game concluded with a nil-nil draw.
The Ladies 7s won 4-0 against Portsmouth & Southsea with two goals from Luci McCallum, with Claire Keeley and Shelley Rounding also adding to the score sheet. The under 14 girls were unlucky to lose 1-0 at home against Aldershot and Farnham, but a great effort from the whole team.
The Men's 1s lost 1-0 against Fareham 2s, while the men’s 2s drew 2-2 against Salisbury. The men's 3s had the upper hand from start to finish beating Portsmouth and Southsea 11-0.
In a hard-fought game, the men’s 4s lost 2-1 against Gillingham 2s. It was a close first half, with chances for both sides, but Gillingham took the initiative via a well worked counter-attack scoring their first goal. In the second half, Basingstoke came back fighting, with some good chances. A lapse in concentration from the 4s led to a Gillinghams’ second goal. Basingstoke gave the opposition a late scare, with a string of short corners that eventually led to a goal from Lee Hagedorn after a deflected shot from Euan Rixson. However, Basingstoke couldn't find an equaliser, and the game finished in a 2-1 defeat.
The men’s 5s lost 6-2 against Aldershot with Basingstoke’s goals coming from Joseph Grice and Karl Neighbour. The men's 6s won on 5-2 against Aldershot & Farnham, with two goals from both Ross Cavalier and Gareth and Sion Turian also adding his goal to the scoresheet.
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Updated 10:57 - 1 Feb 2019 by Paul Carruthers