Hailsham hockey club’s junior development team recorded their first win of the season in convincing style at home to Eastbourne in the Sussex Development East Division.
Hailsham fell behind early against the run of play but the young team remained focused and started to produce some of the best junior hockey ever seen at the club. Constant pressure from Hailsham resulted in two well-taken goals for Barney Furlong as the hosts started to take overall control of the match.
Eastbourne were unlucky not to draw level when goalkeeper Paddy Smith made a stunning save off his line – but he was rarely troubled in the second half as his defence held strong. Further goals from Tom Macdonald and the impressive Harry Wooten sealed a fine team performance from a young Millers team that is starting to compete in this league.
Hailsham Ladies 2nds could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Crawley in their Sussex Ladies League 3 game, despite the ball spending most of the second half at the Crawley end of the pitch. Michelle Page was the Hailsham scorer. The result drops the team to third place behind Southwick Ladies 2nds, ahead of their home game against leaders Burgess Hill.
Crowborough had scored twice before Hailsham Men’s 1sts had even got into their Sussex Open Division 1 game on Saturday, when captain Dan Ivemy buried the ball into the Boro goal from a short corner.
The second half was even worse, with Boro netting another four before Alex Smith restored some dignity for Hailsham by scoring twice. The result drops Hailsham to third from bottom in the league.
Hailsham Men’s 2nds are up to fifth in Sussex Division 4 after putting six past Brighton. Adam Robinson (2), Richard Whitling (4) scored but man of the match was Steve Johnston.