In a bid to finish the first half of the season on a high, Basingstoke Ladies 1s sponsored by KJS Solicitors, started their game against Witney with frantic passes and struggling to keep possession. Witney in contrast, put together promising attacks which called defenders Steph Hazell and Tess Wharton to step up. Eventually, Witney were rewarded with a goal mid-way through the first half.
Basingstoke battled on, equalising just before half-time through a penalty corner strike from Clare Griffiths.
In the second half, Basingstoke showed composure, and creativity through a wonderful diagonal run by captain Catriona Bausor, finding Clare Bowman in the attacking circle, who unleashed an amazing reverse stick shot, allowing Basingstoke to take the lead. Excellent team interplay and quick reactions from Fiona Parker allowed her to score Basingstoke’s third goal from close range. Basingstoke increased their lead, with Kirsty Kent scoring the team’s fourth goal from another penalty corner. Witney tried hard but were unable to match Basingstoke’s overall performance. Basingstoke finished the game 4-2 winners and move into second place in the league. Next week they welcome top of the table Surbiton in what will undoubtedly be a cracking game before Christmas.
Ladies 2s won 3-1 against Andover. Goal scorers were Sarah Mainprise, Phillipa O’Sullivan and Sarah Shearing.
Ladies 3s knew they were in for a tough match against top of the league Fleet and Ewshot. Sure enough, the opposition started with speed and agility, moving the ball around with great pace and skill. Both teams had great opportunities in the first half with the keepers ensuring it was 0-0 at half time.
The second half was more of the same with Fleet and Ewshot moving the ball well, and Basingstoke hitting back on the counter attack. It finally took an extraordinary dribble through five Basingstoke players for Fleet and Ewshot to take the lead. The 3s did not give up, as highlighted in the last minute by a superb move down the right resulting in a penalty corner which didn’t convert. So, a 1-0 defeat but a cracking game of hockey and plenty to spur the ladies 3s on.
Ladies 4s beat Fleet and Ewshot 3-2, with two great goals from Amy Rowe and the other coming from Ella Boyd.
In a show of strength, courage, determination and experience, the ladies 5s clawed their way back from being 2-nil down at the end of the first half to lead 3-2, just before the final whistle against a daring and tenacious Alton 2s. However, the ending had to be rewritten, as right at the end of the game, Alton were awarded a short corner, which they somehow managed to scramble past a sea of red players. The game concluded with a 3-3 draw. Basingstoke's goals came from player of the match Joey Lockyer, Lynne Wood and captain, Karen Binney.
Basingstoke ladies 6s defended well against a strong Haslemere, who exploited Basingstoke’s weakness to score twenty minutes into the game. Basingstoke responded with good attacking play, with a few chances that narrowly missed the goal. On a counter attack, Megan Payne found her way through Haslemere’s defence to even the score.
In the second half Haslemere continued their onslaught, but the strength of Basingstoke’s defence kept them in the game. Unfortunately for the 6s, it was Haslemere who found the target, followed by their third goal five minutes before the end of the game. The game concluded with a 3-1 loss.
Playing at home, the Ladies 7s won 4-2 against top of the league Haslemere 5s. The opposition led the scoring in the first half, with Basingstoke evening the score with a great goal from Kerry Barker. In the second half, the 7s scored three more goals, two from Joey Lockyer and another goal from the experienced Kerry Barker. Haslemere came back fighting, with Basingstoke conceding another goal, but this did not dampen their spirits. A great game and solid performance kept the 7s in the game, with player of the match going to Patricia Flynn for her hard work throughout the game.
The U14s ladies lost 6–2 against a strong and well drilled Andover who meant business. While Basingstoke took a while to get going, struggling under the onslaught of attacks, resulting in Andover’s first goal. Basingstoke responded with an equaliser through Megan Payne. Andover scored another goal with great attacking play, but again, Basingstoke responded through a goal from Madeline Ripton-Palmer
In the second half, Andover stepped up their game pressing hard, and showing great skill in midfield, which gifted them with more goals. Goalkeeper and player of the match, Scarlett Hale, had a great game saving lots of goals. Basingstoke were great on the counter attacks but weren’t able to convert. Basingstoke never gave up and showed courage under a lot of pressure.
In the over 40’s England Hockey Masters match, Basingstoke welcomed Sonning to Down Grange. Basingstoke started slowly, with Sonning piling on a lot of pressure from the onset. The over 40’s struggled to get out of their half, resulting in a goal from Sonning in the first twenty minutes. Basingstoke held strong in defence, with Mikey Wright, delivering a performance that rolled back the years. Just before half time, Mark Hogan scored Basingstoke‘s equaliser.
In the second half, Sonning stepped up a gear, but Basingstoke’s midfield and defence held strong. A questionable pass from the floor inside the D saw the Sonning striker dispatch a reverse stick shot into the far corner. Basingstoke drew level through a goal from Shaughnessy and the game went to nail biting penalties, which Basingstoke won. Basingstoke progress to the third round, where they face Taunton Vale on January 13th 2019.
Men’s 1s lost 2- 3 against London Edwardians 2s, while the men’s 2 lost 3-1 against Southampton university. The Men's 3s won 4-2 against Winchester 5s.
Fresh from a two-game winning streak the men’s 4s were away to Southampton 3s. The game started with both sides evenly matched, with Southampton finding the back of the net first, thanks to a defensive error, with a disappointing second goal converting from a short corner.
In the second half, Basingstoke regrouped and fought back to earn a hard-worked goal through Euan Rixson. Unfortunately, Basingstoke struggled to find their previous game form and too many errors, gave Southampton breathing room to capitalise on a free hit mistake, resulting in their third goal. The game concluded with a 3-1 loss against Basingstoke.
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Updated 18:02 - 24 Jan 2019 by Paul Carruthers