Seconds Fail to come second

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HAILSHAM Ladies’ and Men’s 2nd XIs both failed in their attempts to claim second place in their respective leagues but Hailsham Ladies 1st XI remain top.

Hailsham Ladies 1st XI 2

Honeybees 1

HAILSHAM completed their league program with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Honeybees.

In this physical encounter Hailsham took the lead through Sue Cable and seemed to be in control and cruising until, with five minutes to go, a misplaced clearance was intercepted and a sudden break down the left saw Hailsham stretched and the keeper beaten from close quarters.

Hailsham’s chances of winning the league title seemed to disappear in an instant, but Cable ran the ball from her own net to the halfway line to restart, and Hailsham were on the attack again.

Some superb individual skills from the in form Katie James saw her weave her way through the Bees defence and slip the ball to Cable who slotted home from close range.

With two minutes left on the clock, Hailsham packed out the midfield and defence to ensure Honeybees had no more chances, and the points were taken.

Having won the last 12 league games on the trot, Hailsham remain top with Burgess Hill still having to complete their league program.

Hill now know they have to win all three of their remaining games to claim the title

Middleton & Bognor Ladies 2

Hailsham Ladies 2nd XI 1

HAILSHAM travelled to Bognor knowing a win would leave them finishing second in the league.

Hailsham struggled to settle into the game, playing on a very unfamiliar 3G surface – a very inconsistent playing surface.

Bognor also seemed to be struggling on the surface even though it is their home pitch. Bognor pressured the Hailsham defence from the start but great saves from keeper Jen Headey and solid defensive work from Karrie Agnew and Pam winter kept Bognor at bay.

Hailsham had their opportunities in the first half but couldn’t convert them. Soon after half time Bognor’s pressure proved too much and they took the lead, but within five minutes Hailsham had levelled through a Rachel Hall goal.

The game continued from end to end with both teams trying to break each other’s defence. With five minutes to go Bognor converted a well-worked short corner to take the lead.

Hailsham worked hard but just couldn’t find the backboard. A disappointing end to the season see Hailsham finish fourth in the league.

East Grinstead IVth XI 0

Hailsham Men’s 1st XI 3

HAILSHAM travelled to East Grinstead to play a remarkably strong EG 4th XI.

EG playing fluent flowing hockey across the whole pitch and with numerous substitutes to freshen the side looked dangerous throughout, but Hailsham worked hard to break down their play.

Goals came from a George Cyster drag flick at a penalty corner for the opener before Sam Headey took on the role and repeated the feat with a venomous strike into the back of the net giving Hailsham a 2-0 half time lead.

The second half saw similar play from both sides but Headey eventually sealed the game with a third from close range after great work from man of the match Alex Smith.

Hailsham defended deep to shut up shop after the third goal and EG could find no way back into the game.

Hailsham Men’s 2nd XI 0

Chichester Priory Park Cardinals 1

TWO strong sides cancelled each other out in this battle for second spot in Division 4.

Despite lots of chances falling to Hailsham, they were unable to convert any, whilst at the other end a strong defensive performance had kept Chi at bay until a short corner conversion with three minutes to stole the points and with it Hailsham’s hopes of second spot.

Lewes Lions 6

Hailsham Millers 0

THE Lewes boys were too strong for Hailsham with the away side conceding two goals in the first half and four in the second.

The game was evenly poised for the first 20 minutes until Josh Headey left the field of play with a hamstring injury.

Lewes quickly took the chance to snatch two goals before half time and from the on commanded the game.

Good performances from Cameron Patton, and Max and Harry Wooten in midfield created some hope for Hailsham, but playing a more defensive system than normal reduced the scoring opportunities for the youngsters.

Hailsham U12s in In2Hockey Sussex Success

HAILSHAM Hockey Club’s U12s took part in the Sussex round of the National In2Hockey competition on Sunday.

Winning their opening game against Eastbourne 1-0 through a Felix Giles goal, Hailsham then played Horsham in the next match coming away 2-0 winners with goals from Felix Giles and Harry Wootten.

In their third match against the eventual pool winners Mid Sussex, Hailsham narrowly lost 1-0 with a Felix Giles shot missing by an inch in the dying moments.

The final pool game saw them once again knock in two goals against South Saxons, a penalty stroke converted by Harry Wootten and a goal in open play. This left Hailsham in second spot and resulted in a semi-final match against East Grinstead.

Once again a very close game which ended 1-0 to EG. Hailsham had many good attacks but EG stifled their creative play and took the victory. EG then proceeded to win the final against Mid Sussex.