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Hockey ladies move up to second in table
12:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club’s ladies moved up to second in South 3B with a 3-0 win away at relegation-threatened Teddington.
Basingstoke were on top from the off but it took them a while to go ahead, Kirsty Kent getting on the end of Catriona Bausor’s cross for the opener. Bausor made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jenny Rust’s shot was blocked by the foot of a defender.
Bausor got her second goal of the day in the second-half, a cross-shot being deflected home by a defender’s stick.
The ladies play twice this weekend, hosting Wanderers on Saturday and Wayfarers on Sunday, while the over-35s host St Albans in the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Investec Over-35s Plate.
The third team drew 1-1 away to Winchester, Leanne Smith getting the Basingstoke goal.
The men’s first team never really got going and lost 3-2 away to Sunbury Hawks.
Basingstoke went one down early and only a great Sam King clearance kept them in it before Danny Bowden set-up Grant Rouse for a tap-in to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Sunbury regained the lead just after the restart and went 3-1 up soon after. Clint Douglas pounced on a defensive error to lay on a late goal for Ben Shaughnessy but they were unable to complete the comeback.
They host City of Portsmouth on Saturday before travelling to Leicestershire to take on East Midlands Division One side Market Harborough in the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Men’s Vase on Sunday.
The men’s second string won 4-3 for the second week in a row, this time at home to Weymouth. The away side took an early lead but Jacques Lourens provided the equaliser and it was Basingstoke who took the upper hand and raced into a 4-1 lead with goals from Ben Golding, a second from Lourens, and one from Paul Handley.
Weymouth fought back with a penalty flick and a penalty corner in quick succession, but they weren’t able to find another as the home side held out for the points.
The third team went to Southampton University aiming to keep their promotion hopes alive but they went down 4-3.
Chris Garrett equalised Southampton’s opener via a penalty corner and Dave Easterbrook netted two – but only after Southampton were 4-1 up.
The fourth team lost 3-1 at home to Gillingham, Sam Crossman getting the goal, while the fifth team won 5-3 at Down Grange against Fleet and Ewshot. Eliot Boyd and Ross Cavalier finished well and Adam Neighbour’s clinical finish put Basingstoke three up before Steve Wares poached Ross Cavalier’s shot on the line for a fourth.
Fleet came back with a goal either side of half-time before Boyd scored his second for 5-2. Cavalier missed a penalty flick and Fleet rallied with a late goal but were still left short.
The men’s veterans came back from East Grinstead with a 2-2 draw. Dave Cramer and Steve Dummer hauled them back from 2-0 down and a stunning save at the death from stand-in ‘keeper Stephen Smart earned a point.