THE Basingstoke Hockey Club's Ladies Masters maintained their 100 per cent record with a strong team performance against Eastcote, writes Becky Donaldson.

Tania Bridge scored a hat-trick and a couple of late saves from Gill Seimack proved decisive as they returned to the top of the table.

The Ladies first team dispatched Trojans 2-1 in a mid-season friendly, with Claire Griffiths scoring a brace, one a deft volley from open play, and the second a confident conversion of a penalty corner.

The seconds travelled to Andover and started strongly with good attacking play, Fi Parker and Amy Shore going close but the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Early on in the second half, Cath McCormick took a quick free hit and played the ball to Jude Bird. She drew her defender to slip a precise pass through to Claire Bowman, who pulled a dummy on the goalkeeper and oncoming defender, before slotting the ball into the corner.

Andover pushed more players forwards and won a few short corners, but these were well defended by Basingstoke to ensure they went home with a 1-0 winners.

The third team started the year with a much needed 5-0 win over Andover, thanks to a hat-trick from Katie Hossick and one apiece from Nicola Burridge and Leanne Smith .

The fourths continued their 2017 winning ways with a 4-1 win over Isle of Wight.

They dominated the play from the off with an aggressive attacking style of play but early chances were thwarted by the impressive skill of the IoW goalkeeper.

The deadlock was finally broken with Amy Elkington scored an impressive individual goal.

Basingstoke continued to press and some slick passing from Sarah Dunkley set up Amy Elkington to tuck in for 2-0 at half time.

Basingstoke had all the play in the second half and although they could not convert their penalty corners.

Ella Boyd was able to take a sweet shot from open play.

Wight were able to take one back with a lucky counter attack, but Saf Whitwham pounced on the ball in the IoW D, passing across to Karen Binney who was ready and waiting to slot the ball away nicely for Basingstoke’s final goal.

The fifth team's game against Portsmouth started with a bang, a goal soon coming with a run from midfield and a pass straight to the top of D to find Toyah Jefferies to take the lead.

Portsmouth struck back from a penalty corner, however Shelley Rounding converted for Basingstoke to go 2-1 clear and take the win.

The sixths had an equally matched first half against Haslemere but a quick run up the left from Jasmine Payne passing to Sarah Wakeford to give the Home side the lead.

Haslemere hit back to equalise via a long corner. Basingstoke struggled through the second half but couldn’t find anything more in their tank, with Haslemere grabbing two more, to win 3-1.

The youth section and Men’s thirds spent a very successful weekend off games, to man a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings to raise money for their new pitch.

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