Jenny Harrison saved a point for Hailsham at Horsham on Saturday with her last minute goal-line save.
Sussex Ladies Premier Division
Horsham Ladies 3s 3
Hailsham Ladies 1s 3
After a two week break, Hailsham struggled to find their post-Christmas good form, and a very young, enthusiastic Horsham squad scored two past them in the first 15 minutes.
Undeterred, Hailsham put together some good attacking hockey, with the mid-field of Emma Allen, Lyndsey Horne and Sarah Haird linking up, allowing forwards Michelle Page, Sue Cable and Susie Smith to attack the Horsham goal at pace, with Smith finding the bottom corner of the goal with a wonderfully placed reverse stick strike. More attacking play from the restart allowed Cable a good strike on goal, scoring off the rebound from the keeper. Hailsham were fired up and continued to attack, Smith having a great solo run, drawing the keeper and slotting home her second of the match. After the half-time break Horsham came out with renewed energy, pinning Hailsham back in defence, but with some excellent play from centre-back Alison Headey, Hailsham kept Horsham at bay. Eventually, after numerous penalty corners, Horsham levelled the score at 3-3 from a strike deflected in off a defender’s stick, but victory was denied them with defender Jenny Harrison’s goal-line save.
Sussex Ladies League Division Two
Hailsham Ladies 2s 2
Burgess Hill Ladies 2s 3
Hailsham narrowly finished losers in a close home game against Burgess Hill Ladies 2s. Five minutes in, Gemma Rham’s deceptive penalty corner shot calmly passed Hill defence to put Hailsham in the lead. The ball subsequently did much travelling between either end, but the young, skilful and fast Hill attackers scored two to finish first half 2-1 ahead. Hill soon made it 3-1 in the second half, but Ami Green intercepted a 16-yard Hill hit-out, the deflection falling to Moore who struck on the move from the top of the D for Hailsham’s second. With a last-minute on-target shot from Julie Nightingale’s deflected wide by a defender, Hailsham were denied a deserved draw.
Sussex Men’s Division 1
Crowborough 1st XI 3
Hailsham 1st XI 2
Hailsham’s recent run of wins was halted by a 3-2 defeat at Crowborough. They started off strongly, with numerous chances on the break from which they should have scored. Alas, through a series of overloading opposition attacks, the Hailsham buckled and allowed Crowborough to open the scoring. Hailsham eagerly sought an equaliser and Alex Smith was able to work the ball into the Crowborough penalty area and strike the ball into the goal for a 1-1 half time score. From early pressure at the beginning of the second half, Hailsham were able to convert a well-worked penalty corner, with George Cyster hitting goal from a first strike. Crowborough weren’t finished though, and their response came hard and fast at Hailsham, with two scrappy goals allowing them to retake the lead. Although both teams continued to exchange attacks, Hailsham were unable to find an equaliser and through a series of penalty corners against them, the game fizzled out into a loss for Hailsham.
Sussex Men’s Division 3
Hailsham 2nd XI 2
Mid Sussex 3rd XI 4
Mid-Sussex claimed revenge for their earlier home defeat at the hands of Hailsham, winning the reverse fixture at Hailsham 4-2. Fielding a strong and young team, Hailsham were surprised to be behind after 5 minutes, but kept up their attack and eventually a penalty corner yielded a goal, Stu Baldwin slipping the ball to brother Richard for a shot on goal. In the second half, Hailsham defensive errors gave Middies two more goals before Richard Baldwin netted a second goal for Hailsham, his strike deflected slightly up and over the keeper into the goal. Any hopes of a draw were soon dashed, another defensive mix-up allowing Mid Sussex their fourth goal two minutes from full time.
Sussex Development League East
Hailsham Millers 1
Brighton and Hove Flippers 0
A single goal 10 minutes from full-time against Flippers gave Millers the only Hailsham victory of the weekend. Much of the game play was between the 25-yard lines as mid-field attacks were repelled by defenders before reaching shooting range of the goals. Paddy Smith once again proved tenacious in attack and defence, with Eddie Casselden always a threat on the wing and Barney Furlong and Will Kirkham giving the Flipper adult player plenty of running around. Side-line support was great, with many parents from both sides turning out to cheer on their children, the volume of support intensifying as the game went on. Eventually, Furlong and Smith teamed up to get the ball into the Flipper penalty area, with the ball being swept back to top of D from where Kirkham struck the winning ball into the net.