Men's 3rd XI - Match centre

Basingstoke 2
Winchester 3
Sat 25 Mar 13:30 - South Hockey League - Hampshire Area Division 2 Full time

A Tale of Two Halves

The 3’s made their journey to Basingstoke with intentions of withholding 3rd position in the table after a strong team performance against Bournemouth 2s.

The sun was out and after a quick ketchup with the team and a strong warm up led by the team’s fitness fanatic Luke Warren we mustard onto the pitch ready to play – with Toby Lelliot on the bench admiring a photo of his girlfriend’s belly button piercing. With a blow of the whistle the game started and Basingstoke were on the front foot making quick passes to one another which led to the ball being poked past Cal at the 5 minute mark; 1 – 0 Basingstoke.
The game continued and Winchester were still trying to find their tempo as their attacks through the middle were being picked off which the Basingstoke defence. After picking up a graceful kicked ball from Toelone, Basingstoke were on the attack again and with a few saucy moves from their number 7 they had won themselves a short corner which was converted at the half hour mark: 2 – 0 Basingstoke.
When half time was called a frustrated Winchester team came off where only a few voices were heard – mainly Souter shouting ‘One voice!’ even though he was the only one speaking...but then Captain Ollie Britt spoke some words of wisdom bringing the 3’s spirit up and ready to bring the fight and get a result in the second half.
The game started again and Winchester had found their feet making great passes to one another and using the space which found the cracks in the Basingstoke defence. Not only did Winchester have the possession but they also had the subs with fresh legged Richie Round ready to come on as he squared up Basingstoke’s left back ‘Specky’. With great pressure created from the whole team, it all got too much for bathroom designer Stu who decided to take on Basingstoke’s central defender for sounding like a twelve year old boy, which led to Stu receiving a yellow card and therefore a time out.

Although with ten players on the pitch, Winchester’s spirit was not diminished as from the next long corner the ball was forced into the D and with a VITAL touch from Felix, Winch’s Ranga banger Wiggles tapped the ball into the goal to make it 2-1.

Ten minutes later and Basingstoke had resulted to dirty tactics keeping the ball longer off the pitch then in their own possession. However this did not stop a determined Winchester who kept on attacking and not long after their first made it all level with a ‘classic back post goal’ from Wiggles which was received from Fernando Foyle who was thinking of his mother’s laurels at the time: 2 - 2.
With six minutes left and it all level Winchester was on the defence attempting to keep the Basingstoke attack out. A minute later and Basingstoke were rewarded a short corner after Winch’s Liam Russell completed a clean tackle. With a confused defence setting up for the short, Wiggles had forgotten to take off his teacher’s hat and took it upon himself to educate the Hampshire umpires which saw him receive a yellow too.
With only two minutes left Basingstoke had one more attack in them which led to their third goal making the Final score: 3 – 2 to Basingstoke but nobody wants to know about that about so let’s move onto the match facts…
Man of the match: Wiggles for educating Hampshire.
Dick of the day: Vallone for not taking the bins out.

Match facts
Beloved defender and Oscar nominee Andy has gone missing – last seen with his Mum at a party; if you see him please call 0845 838 4699.
Like Pop-eye with Spinach, Luke Warren gets his power from Cheese twists as he likes the tangy flavour in his mouth.
When Ron isn’t in Potter’s shadow he loves a bit of fish.

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League round up

Other Hampshire Area Division 2 results

1
13
Aldershot & Farnham 1
Bournemouth 2
3
0
Chichester 3
Isle of Wight 1
14
0
Salisbury 2
3
9
Bournemouth 3
Southampton Univ 2
4
2

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bournemouth 2 20 54
2. Aldershot & Farnham 1 20 52
3. Isle of Wight 1 21 37
4. Basingstoke 2 21 35
5. Winchester 3 20 35
6. Petersfield 1 20 30
7. Southampton Univ 2 20 27

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