Hailsham go west to beat Middleton and Bognor Men in tough conditions – Sussex Open Men’s Division 1: Middleton & Bognor 1st XI 1 Hailsham 1st XI 2

Hailsham Men's 2s Ian Johnson
Hailsham Men's 2s Ian Johnson

Hailsham travelled west and put in a strong display in very tough weather conditions against Middleton and Bognor

The visitors were ahead within the first 10 minutes after a slick interchange between Josh Headey and Dan Ivemy was rounded off with a reverse stick finish from Sam Headey.

Minutes later Hailsham were two up following a lifted pass from Lee Humber which was met and finished by George Cyster. Some quick thinking then gave Headey his second of the game and Hailsham a three goal half-time advantage.

An early reply from the home side could have disrupted Hailsham, but good work at the back from Mark Lambert, Matt Wood and Andy Ball ensured only a solitary goal was scored. Further later goals from Humber and Ivemy meant they came away with an encouraging win and much needed three points.

Meanwhile, in Sussex Open Division 4, Hailsham Men’s 2nds hosted Middleton and Bognor Mens 2nds. The visitors immediately won the respect of Hailsham by turning up with only eight players to play in foul conditions. The match was called early after an injury to an M&B defender, by which time 11 goals had been put in their goal without reply. Scorers were: Taf Mpandawana (3), Ian Johnson (2), Martin Headey, Mick Buckingham, Richard Whitling, Adam Robinson, Mike Holloway and Steve James.

Hailsham Ladies 1st XI made it 11 wins out of 11 in Sussex Ladies League 1 with a 5-1 victory against Crowborough Ladies 1s on Saturday. With snow falling, it took until just before half-time for the first goal to be scored, Susie Smith scrabbling the ball into the net.

Crowborough upped their tempo after the restart and scored within 10 minutes but this spurred Hailsham on and further goals from Toni Bray (2), Alison Headey and Katy James rounded off a convincing win.

Hailsham Ladies 2nd XI had lost 2-3 to Southwick Ladies 2nd XI in their first Sussex Ladies Division 3 game of the season and wanted to claim all three points in the return game on Saturday.

Both teams were fairly evenly matched in the first half – but from the moment Katherine Moore scored from a penalty corner in the second half, Hailsham enjoyed the majority of ball possession.

A second goal followed shortly afterwards for Julie Nightingale and, with the Hailsham defence being on good form, a bonus of a clean sheet gave them a 2-0 victory and all three points to Hailsham.