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Basingstoke beat local rivals Tadley in big hockey clash
8:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE hockey men’s second team battled hard in a tough league opener against visiting local rivals Tadley, eventually winning 6-3.
A brace of early goals from Ben Shaughnessy put the hosts ahead, only for Tadley to pull back to level midway through the first-half.
When Martin Powell made himself space in the D late in the first period, a deft finish ensured Basingstoke took a lead into the break.
The second half saw the home side pull further ahead as Shaughnessy completed his hat-trick, before a slick team move freed Ian Watson at the back post to confidently hit the backboard.
Though Tadley pulled a goal back, a fourth goal from Shaughnessy ensured a positive start to the league campaign.
The first XI also secured three points in their league opener, winning 4-1 at Haslemere.
Their opening goal was scored as Danny Bowden’s good cross from the right saw Dean Record flick into the corner.
The second half saw the visitors race into a 4-0 lead, Record doubling his tally before assisting Dave Stones, and then an own-goal completed Basingstoke’s scoring, before the hosts pulled one back.
The men’s third team drew 3-3 at Andover with the visitors opening the scoring as new captain Luke Warren’s ball into the D saw Neil Skidmore deflect it past the Andover goalkeeper.
However, by early in the second-half, Basingstoke found themselves 3-1 down, but they hit back as a short corner was converted by Chris Garrett and then Garrett scored again in the final 10 minutes to secure a point.
The fourths won 2-0 against Poole with a goal in each half. The first came from Sam Payne and, after the break, Ross Cavalier drew out the goalkeeper and found Sam Crossman to slot home.
The fifth team showed great spirit as they took on Alton, but lost 4-0.
The Vikings continued their confident start to the season with a 2-0 win over Hamble, with Eliot Boyd scoring a brace.
The ladies’ first XI netted seven times in their crushing victory over Staines.
Claire Bowman, returning from maternity leave, broke the deadlock with a low penalty corner drag into the bottom corner, before Zoe Blagbrough slotted home on the far post from another short corner.
A goal from Fi Holdcroft and another from Blagbrough made it 4-0 at half-time.
Catriona Bausor terrorised the home defence to create several more chances. The Staines goalkeeper kept the score down, but another two from Blagbrough and one from Holdcroft completed the win.
The second-string side battled hard with Alton, ending the first period at a 1-1, but in the end lost 4-1.
The ladies’ third XI faced a fast, young and skilful Trojans side and slipped to a 7-0 defeat, while the fourths also lost to a Trojans side, 1-0, thanks to a late breakaway goal.
The fifth team enjoyed a 3-0 win over Gosport as Kirsty Posthuma and Liz Orr were among the scorers.
The ladies’ masters opened their season with a 4-2 win over Staines.
Having finished second last year, Basingstoke were keen to get the new season off to a good start, but they were reduced to 10 players due to a late injury and went a goal down.
However, Gill Rust and two goals from speedy forward Bernice Gunn made it 3-1.
Staines pulled one back, but Jenny Rust netted a fourth. Sadie Turner unselfishly set up two of the goals.
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