Hailsham hockey young guns are back to their winning ways

Richard Whitling
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Sussex Development League East

Crowborough Crowletts 1 Hailsham Millers 3

The Millers returned to their winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Crowborough on Saturday.

Myles Hook opened the scoring from an early short corner that led on from some creative midfield play.

With strong performances from the midfield, including Ben Barden, the Millers kept Crowborough on the defence for a good proportion of the first half, although an attacking break from Crowborough saw them equalise just before half-time.

Hailsham started the second half as keenly as the first with Kieran Gurr quickly converting some textbook hockey into goal number two.

Another goal shortly followed for Hailsham and with Crowborough unable to post any reply, the game finished with Hailsham claiming three points.

Sussex Men’s Division 1

South Saxons 2

Hailsham 1

Hailsham Mens’ trip to Horntye Park proved fruitless as goalposts twice denied them goals in 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Saxons.

Hailsham started strongly, with in-form Lee Humber nearly opening scoring with his short corner strike hitting the post.

It fell to Saxons though to claim honours of first goal, converting a bodged defensive clearance five minutes from half-time.

Hailsham keeper Will Parsons was kept busy by Saxons’ attack in the second-half, pulling off some fine saves, but eventually the home team went two goals ahead.

A goal post hit was the reward soon thereafter for Alex Smith as he tore the Saxons’ defence apart with a great solo effort.

Humber claimed the team’s consolation goal minutes from the final whistle with some deft stick skills around Saxons’ defenders polished off with a strike through the keeper’s legs.

The result sees Hailsham stationary at sixth in the division, with Saxons just one point adrift below them in eighth.

Sussex Men’s Division 3

Hailsham 2s 4

Worthing 4s 3

Hailsham Men’s 2s made victory hard work on Saturday, edging out Worthing 4s for a 4-3 win.

An early clearance from within the Hailsham 25m by Ant Hathaway found Ian Johnson in clear space at the halfway line. Johnson struck the Worthing back board to open scoring.

Johnson soon after set up the second goal, his penalty corner strike deflected into goal by Richard Whitling. Worthing strung together some good attacks which tested the Hailsham defence, but Hailsham scored next, Hathaway picking up the ball, driving into the Worthing D and striking low and to the left of the keeper to give Hailsham a commanding 3-0 half-time lead. The second half started with Hailsham again on the attack, but Worthing capitalised when Hailsham were reduced to ten men by injury and scored three goals in ten minutes to level the game.

Cameron Patton saved Hailsham, scoring the winning goal after connecting with a cross in from Whitling who had left Worthing defenders in his dust as he stormed into their D.

Sussex Ladies League

Premier Division

Hailsham Ladies 0

Worthing 8

The Hailsham Ladies winning run came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they were soundly beaten 8-0 by a very strong, skilful Worthing Ladies 1’s.

The Worthing Ladies were recently relegated from the South League, and once they regained their form were always going to be hungry for promotion, and this was the match where everything fell into place for them.

Hailsham tried hard to contain the very strong forward line, with some superb saves from keeper Julie Abson and unending running from the midfield, but to no avail.

Man of the Match went to Sarah Haird for her part in the midfield battle. With league leaders East Grinstead 2s and third placed Brighton 2s drawing in their game, Hailsham Ladies retain their second place in Sussex Premier.

Sussex Ladies League

Division Two

Burgess Hill 3s 3

Hailsham 2s 1

The Ladies 2’s were unable to repeat their win from last week, a goal for Julie Nightingale their only consolation in a 3-1 defeat at Burgess Hill 3s.

Hailsham were forced to play a largely defensive game and, although they had several breakouts, the home team’s defence successfully closed down all open play attacks.

Hailsham’s only goal followed a short corner, with Nightingale successfully finding the net with a strong strike. Despite the result, with both Chichester and Horsham recording defeats, Hailsham remain third from bottom of league.

Burgess Hill Ladies 3s 4,

Lewes 4s 1

Perry gave Hill after halftime lead thanks to a clinical finish. Hill were much more in control in the second half and Brotherton poached the second goal past the keeper when Kingcombe drove up the right and Branagan passed it back to the penalty spot.

A loss of concentration allowed Lewes a consolation goal before Hill broke up the middle and Charlotte White scored a great goal.

The final goal was put away by Griffiths in the final minutes.