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Good draw for hockey men
8:00am Sunday 17th March 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club’s men’s first team travelled to Haslemere for what they knew would be a tricky encounter – but they came home having secured a hard-earned draw.
The visitors started well, Danny Bowden hitting the post, but it was Haslemere who took the lead. Basingstoke drew level before half-time, David Stones scoring from a short corner, and they then defended well as the game ended 1-1.
The second string won 3-1 at home to Southampton University. The hosts took an early lead with an Alex Miller penalty corner and then scored again through Paul Handley before the break. The third goal came when Handley’s reverse-stick shot beat the goalkeeper before the visitors pulled a goal back.
The third team drew 1-1 away at Aldershot and Farnham. Basingstoke dominated the first-half but trailed at the break. Pete Wood levelled the scores in the second period.
The fourth team lost 2-1 at home to Romsey, while the fifth string went down 5-3 at home to Yateley.
In the youth section, Basingstoke under-14 boys drew 1-1 with visiting Petersfield, while the under-12s lost 3-2 to opposition from the same club.
Two youngsters from the club, Harrison Spicer Martinez and Dean Postuma, were on county duty for the first time. Spicer Martinez was a member of the under-13 team that lost 4-0 away at Kent, while the under-15s, including Postuma, lost 3-0 to the same opposition.
In the ladies’ section, Basingstoke’ first team went down 6-3 away at table toppers Surbiton – but not without a fight.
Surbiton raced into a 3-0 lead before Kirsty Kent slotted home to reduce the deficit to 3-1 at half-time. The hosts then scored again to make it 4-1 and while Kent’s short corner and Alexa Kearns’ goal on the break got Basingstoke within one goal, Surbiton hit back to win the game 6-3.
The second string travelled to Havant and went down 3-0, while the third team won 5-0 at home to Petersfield. Jo Lockyer got the first and Ellie Pearson made it 2-0 at the break, while Jenny Rust scored twice in the second-half, either side of Lockyer’s second of the game.