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Basingstoke hockey ladies come from from behind to beat Wayfarers
6:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club’s ladies produced a much needed late surge against London Wayfarers to win 2-1 and maintain their perfect start to the season.
After going 1-0 down inside the first 20 minutes, only ’keeper Gemma Carswell and a goalline clearance from Ruth Crawford prevented Wayfarers adding to their tally in the first half.
With a reshuffle and some harsh words from coach Andy Preston, Basingstoke finally clicked and Catriona Bausor’s driving run set up captain Fi Holdcroft for the equaliser.
That galvanised the home team and, with four minutes to go, Bausor deflected a short corner into the net via a defender’s foot to take the points. The ladies travel to Staines on Saturday.
The ladies third team also won 1-0 against a strong Haslemere side in their final friendly game The only goal came from good work on the right as Alida Lewis fed Ellie Pearson, who set up new recruit Sharon May to score. It was the ideal boost ahead of their Hampshire Division Three opener at Trojans III.
The ladies second XI lost their league opener 3-0 at Hamble and they face Alton at home next.
The game of the day at Down Grange on Saturday saw the new ladies’ fifth team take on the club’s own fourth team in a Hampshire Division Six clash.
The game featured several youngsters and a number of adults from the club’s summer Back to Hockey programme.
The contest was feisty and both sides showed they can play good hockey, but the defences came out on top as it ended 0-0.
The men’s vets team opened their league campaign with a 2-1 win over Tring.
The rest of the teams finished off their pre-season with the Vikings beating visiting Newbury 2-0 as Alex Tatnall and Chris Jenkins scored.
The first team lost out 3-2 at Bournemouth. Graham Lang scored from a short corner and Grant Rouse netted the other.
The new-look second team offered up a mix of youth and experience as they drew 3-3 away to Trojans.
Man-of-the-match Ian Watson worked tirelessly in midfield, while Ben Shaughnessy (2) and Will Calhoun put the away side up three times before being pegged back.
The fourth team came back from 2-0 down at Woking to win 4-3 as Luke Warren, John Bantges, Dan Holding and Andy Footman all netted.
The men’s development side came back from Fleet and Ewshot with honours even after the game finished 3-3. Adam Neighbour, Simon Dann and Alex Stewart were the Basingstoke scorers.
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