BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club continued their league matches this week.

Basingstoke ladies first team, sponsored by KJS Solicitors bounced back from their defeat last week to win 4-0 against the visiting Oxford University.

The home side won a penalty corner, and a powerful strike from Roxy O’Dea opened the scoring.

Basingstoke’s second goal came from Clare Griffiths.

In the second-half Oxford attempted to apply pressure on Basingstoke’s defence to no avail, with player of the match Steph Hazell excellently marshalling the defence.

Basingstoke added a third from Fiona Parker, who took advantage of a loose ball and scored from close range.

The result was sealed by Mel Trevaskis’s lobby to the left post.

The second team were by far the much stronger team against Aldershot and Farnham IIs.

Both goals coming from the experienced Sarah Mainprise who was part of the over 55 ladies’ England 2018 Masters squad.

The thirds had a tough game against a strong Hamble team at home with the winner comin g in the second half from Nicky Houghton.

Player of the match was goalkeeper Nicky Ball and goal line clearance from Anneli Macfazdean made sure of the 1-0 win.

The fourths won 3-2 against Aldershot and Farnham.

Amy Rowe scored the first two goals, with Basingstoke’s third coming from Sharon Holden. Most valuable player was Katie Wade.

The fifths took on Eastleigh IIs this week and trailed 1-0 at the break, but goals from Joey Lockyer and Lyn Wood sealed a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

The sixth team welcomed Winchester Tigers for their opening league game of the season at Thornden School.

Basingstoke’s goalkeeper Hayley Wade made some excellent saves, but Winchester led 4-1 at the interval, with Basingstoke’s response was lovely goal from Ella Montagnon.

The game finished 6-3 with Izzy Hussey and Megan Payne both scoring.

The under-14 Ladies lost 6-1 away to Haselmere.

There were lots of positives in the game and some key takeaways to improve on. Basingstoke’s goal came from Maddy Ripton-Palmer, which came about through player of the match Megan Payne’s cracker of a shot, deflected off the goalkeeper’s pads and Ripton-Palmer tapped it down into the goal.

Debutantes were Bea Harrell, Charlotte Henry, Esme Birtchell, Emily Belcher and Megan Payne. A special mention to returning goalkeeper Scarlett Hale for an outstanding game.

Basingstoke Men’s first team won at home to Bournemouth 6-0 as man of the match Grant Rouse scored twice and there were singles from Dean Record and Phil Stewart.

Following their promotion to Hampshire Division One, the seconds were up against Bournemouth II’s who having narrowly missed out on promotion last season.

Bournemouth took advantage of a quickly taken free hit to score the only goal of the first half.

The second half was full of drama, which included a forced defensive error from Bournemouth leading to a penalty corner which unfortunately Basingstoke could not capitalise on.

There were heroics in defence, namely from Peter Hood, Matthew Cuss and goalkeeper Adam Smith ensuring it finished 1-0.

Basingstoke thirds beat Basingstoke’s fourths 2-1.

The fifths lost 2-1 against Alton V’s. Jake Wilcox put Basingstoke ahead in the first half with a close range strike.

The sixths won 3-1 again Fleet and Ewshot courtesy of goals from Nick Dudman and two from man of the match Adam Neighbour.

Basingstoke’s under-16 boys took on at strong team from Camberley and Farnborough at Kings International College in their first-round match for the Ashman Cup.

Both teams seemed evenly matched until mid-way through the first half when Oli Ward made a fabulous run from the halfway line all the way into the D to slot home Basingstoke’s first goal and earn himself man of the match.

The team did not rest there as minutes later, Dominic Ripton-Palmer’s determination and a pass to Tommy Reading, who dodged Camberley and Farnborough’s goalkeeper saw Basingstoke score their second goal of the match.

Goalkeeper Stephen Daykin made several great saves to keep a clean sheet aided by determined defensive play from Basingstoke.

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