Basingstoke ladies 1s, sponsored by KJS Solicitors won 2-0 against Reading 2s. The game started slowly with both teams finding it hard to keep possession. Basingstoke had an early scare with a disallowed goal. As the game progressed Basingstoke increased their intensity and showed their dominance, by applying pressure on the Reading goal. Basingstoke won numerous penalty corners, one of which was excellently executed, allowing Catriona Bausor to score her first goal just before half time. Two minutes into the second half, Catriona Bausor pulled of an amazing reverse stick shot into the top right-hand corner of the goal, to double Basingstoke's lead. Basingstoke followed this with continuous onslaught and attacking play. Reading defended well, whilst trying in vain to get a goal back, as Basingstoke’s defence held firm. This 2-0 win sees Basingstoke moving up to second in the table.
Unfortunately, the Ladies 2s had a tough game against Romsey losing 2-1. Basingstoke’s goal came from Pip O’Sullivan.
The Ladies 3s played a tough match against Winchester 2s who have been playing well this season. From the onset, Basingstoke were up against it. Just before half-time continuous pressure from Winchester resulted in their opening goal. The second half saw the score line at 1-1, thanks to a penalty corner, which allowed Nicola Burridge to score Basingstoke’s only goal. Winchester meant business, causing havoc in Basingstoke’s defence and allowing them to score their second goal. Despite a heroic effort from Basingstoke, they frustratingly failed to find an equaliser and ended up with a disappointing 2-1 defeat.
The Ladies 4s had an impressive 4-0 win against Southampton, with two goals from Ulrike Maier, and the other two coming from Jasmine Payne and Ella Boyd.
Continuing with their winning streak, the ladies 5s won 5-1 against Gosport 2s. Despite having the upper hand from the onset. Basingstoke found themselves 1-0 down thanks to a lapse in concentration. However, in a show of strength, the Basingstoke stepped up, to draw 1-1 through a goal from Toyah Jefferies, who then scored her second goal to see Basingstoke 2-1 up at the end of the first half. In the second half, Basingstoke's onslaught continued as Sue Pett, Lynn Wood and Ellie Rixon each got a goal to get their names on the scoresheet, with the game concluding with a 5-1 win.
Looking to continue their run of good form from the previous two weeks, the ladies 6s travelled down to Fareham for their match. The late pushback, floodlights and bonfire smoke weren’t going to get in the way of another win for the away team. The onslaught of attacking play throughout the match, kept Basingstoke in the driving seat. This meant a hat-trick from Izzy Hussey. The other goal came from Megan Payne who took on the oppositions defence, hitting the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, and scoring Basingstoke’s fourth goal; to seal their 4-0 victory, and a well-deserved three points.
Playing at home against Fleet and Ewshot this week, the experienced ladies 7s had first push back. This experienced set of players managed to hold advantage throughout the first half, giving themselves opportunities for short corners. This allowed them to score three goals in the first half, thanks to two goals from Kate Murphy and one from Janice Spalding. In the second half, the 7s carried on playing an attacking game and taking it to the opposition, who had no response. This resulted in two brilliant goals from Izzy Hussey and Lynda Day. The game concluded with a well-deserved 5-0 win.
The under 14 girls lost 1-0 against Fleet and Ewshot in their cup game, whilst the under 16 girls lost 3-2 against a strong Fleet & Ewshot team. The under 16s held their own in the first half and should be proud of themselves. Goal scorers were Jess Pritchard and Milly Raybould, with most valued player going to the new keeper Katie Barden.
The Men’s 1s in their away game this week, drew 3-3 against Epsom. Goal scorers were Will Jewkes, Graham Garrett-Lang, and Grant Rouse.
After last week’s win, the men’s 2s were chasing three points again this week, as they took on league leaders, City of Portsmouth. Initially the game was evenly matched with both sides having possession. Unfortunately, City of Portsmouth got the early lead from a well worked team goal. The game continued with both teams wanting to win, but it was Basingstoke who found themselves 2-0 down at the end of the first half.
Within thirty seconds of the start of the second half, the opposition were awarded a short corner which found the back of the net. The game concluded with a disappointing 3-0 loss.
Men’s 3s drew 1-1 against Chichester, with Kyle McFee being both the goal scorer and man of the match. The Men's 4s won 2-0 against Salisbury, goal scorers were Adam Cramer and Euan Rixson.
Men’s 5’s drew 2-2 in their game against Camberley & Farnborough. Camberley took a 1-0 lead into half time. Shortly after the break, Basingstoke drew level through Chris Stones, Jake Wilcox then scoring his goal to give Basingstoke the lead. However, Camberley rallied just before the final whistle, scoring with 4 minutes to go, to level the match 2-2.
Men's 6s drew 1-1 against Alton, the goal scorer was Ross Cavalier. Most valued player went to
Stephen Daykin on his debut game for the men’s 6s.
The under 16 boys played a tough match against a strong Fleet and Ewshot in their second league game of the season. Fleet and Ewshot had the edge on goal scoring. Basingstoke worked hard to find the back of the net and had several near misses, before Joseph Grice finally scored Basingstoke’s first goal ten minutes from the end. Shortly after, Tomas Bonser scored from a penalty flick. The final score was 11-2 win to Fleet and Ewshot.
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Updated 12:40 - 1 Dec 2018 by Paul Carruthers