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Hockey club's fourth team beat league leaders
8:00pm Friday 28th February 2014 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club men’s fourth team served up some ‘Hamble’ pie as they beat visiting league leaders Hamble 2-0 last Saturday.
The home side dominated possession as they built from the back and created numerous chances, one of which Dave Easterbrook converted for a half-time lead.
After the break, Hamble had a period of sustained attacks, but were unable to break the Basingstoke defence down.
Easterbrook doubled the home side’s lead in between numerous penalty-corners for Hamble.
Basingstoke goalkeeper Martin Startup kept a clean sheet, which included a penalty-shot save.
The third team looked to continue their unbeaten run with a trip to second-placed City of Portsmouth.
They led at the break thanks to a breathtaking finish from Rob Sheldrake on the angle.
Captain Luke Warren requested more of the same at half-time, and his side duly delivered. After a period of stalwart defending, an Adam Neighbour ball took a big deflection off a City stick to level things, before George Phillips tucked away the winner for the visitors.
The first team’s unbeaten run came to an end as they lost 3-2 away at Southampton University.
The visitors trailed 2-0 just before half-time, but looked to have got themselves back into the game as Graham Lang scored with a drag-flick from a penalty-corner.
Early in the second-half Basingstoke made it 2-2 as Ben Shaughnessy scored a penalty-flick after a goal-bound effort had been blocked illegally by a home defender.
Southampton scored the winner in the final few minutes after a mistake in the Basingstoke midfield.
Despite the loss, with other results going their way, the first team remained seven points clear at the top and on Sunday entertain Solihull Blossomfield in the quarter-final of the NOW: Pensions EH Vase.
The seconds lost 4-0 at home to Weymouth, never recovering after going two goals down in the first five minutes.
The Vikings won 2-0 at home against Alton. Alex Tatnall opened the scoring as he swept the ball home at the back post from Alex Stewart’s cross.
Amandeep Kundi hammered home the second from a strong pass from Eliot Boyd.
The fifth team won 4-2 against Poole Dolphins, while the Vets lost 7-2 to East Grinstead Vets.
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