Basingstoke ladies 1s, sponsored by KJ Smith solicitors, drew 2-2 in their match against Teddington. The opening exchange was fairly even with both teams attacking when possible. Teddington capitalised on a penalty corner with a well disguised shot to take the initial lead, followed by a penalty corner, which resulted in high flick goal, this meant Teddington 2-0, and the ladies 1s has some work to do. Basingstoke found it difficult to break down the opposition’s defence, however they remained resolute and continued to work hard. Improved team interplay from Basingstoke led to their first goal, with Claire Bowman scoring from close range. Basingstoke continued to improve throughout the match, utilising their space more effectively. Penalty corners continued to be instrumental in this match, and this time, it was Basingstoke who equalised through Kirsty Kent. Basingstoke looked strong in the final phase of the game, with a several opportunities to take all three points, but were denied by some excellent saves from the Teddington goalkeeper and defenders. All in all, a good recovery after a wobbly first half.
This was another crucial match for the ladies 3s against Portsmouth and Southsea in the battle to avoid being in the bottom five of division two. The game started auspiciously with Portsmouth and Southsea running rings round Basingstoke and taking an early lead. The 3s fought back, with Nicola Burridge equalising just before half-time. In the second half, Basingstoke were still struggling to attack with their usual pace and fluency, with Portsmouth and Southsea forcing a succession of penalty corners which the defence managed to hold out. Basingstoke set up a fast break involving five players from which Tania Bridge scored a diving deflection at the near post. From this winning position the 3s used all their experience to see out the game and get a valuable three points and winning 2-1. A valiant effort by the 3s.
Ladies 5s continued with their winning ways with a 3-1 win against Trojans 5s. Not the easiest of opponents, this was always going be a hard game against a team with an aggressive style of play. However, the 5s had prepared themselves, and came out guns blazing, taking an early lead through the experienced Sue Pett. In the closing stages of first half, captain, Karen Binney managed to take Basingstoke’s lead up to 2-0 though a well-executed penalty shot. In the second half, Louisa Kenwood’s well executed strike found the back of the net, and the 5s were leading 3-0. Trojans weren’t giving up, setting up occasional breaks, with one break paying off in the form of a consolation goal in the final minutes of the game. Another great game for the 5s.
Basingstoke ladies 6s took on Fareham for this week’s home fixture. The game started with Fareham showing they meant business, breaking Basingstoke’s defence in the early stages of the game to take a 1-0 lead. Basingstoke’s resilience paid off, as they fought back, levelling the score through Emily Romaine. With Lyn Wood’s decisive touch minutes later, giving Basingstoke the lead. In the second half, the 6s picked up the pace, passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other, resulting in Emily Romaine’s second goal. Hungry for more goals, Basingstoke’s Toyah Jefferies found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner, and the game concluding with a well-deserved 4-1 win.
In other ladies matches this week, the ladies 2s lost 1-2 against New Forest, while the Ladies 4s won 3-0 in their match against Portsmouth & Southsea. In a hard-fought game, the ladies 7s were on the receiving end of a 0-1 defeat against Aldershot & Farnham.
The under 14 girls drew 3-3 with only ten players in their away game against Andover. Megan Payne managing to score two of Basingstoke’s goals, with the other goal coming from Charlotte Du Boulay.
In the men’s games this week, the men’s 1s drew 4-4 against Haslemere, while the men’s 2 lost 2-3 against Southampton. The men’s 3s won 5-2 against Gillingham. The men’s 4s drew 1-1 against Fareham. The men’s 6s lost 0-8 against Petersfield and the under 16 boys lost 1-9 in their match against Haslemere.
The men's 5s travelled away to Yateley 5's this week, with only a squad of nine. After a superb
defensive team display, yet still managing to create some good chances on the break, the 5s, eventually came away with a hard earned and well deserved 0-0 draw.
The under 14 boys hosted Yateley, taking an early goal with a beautiful penalty corner strike from Paul Lovelock. Basingstoke’s defence soaked up the pressure applied by Yateley but ended up conceding two quick goals. The boys responded and with some great passing and Paul Lovelock levelling the score. Yateley applied more pressure and were fortunate to get a third goal. The under 14s responded with Dylan Brockbank levelling the score to 3-3. However, Yateley managed to score in the last minutes of the game, and the game concluding with a 4-3 win to Yateley.
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Updated 20:44 - 3 Apr 2019 by Paul Carruthers