Hailsham Men’s 1st XI drew 5-5 with local rivals Lewes in an exciting draw in Sussex Division 1.
Hailsham started in flying form, with captain Daniel Ivemy striking home the first goal in the first two minutes from a perfectly-executed short corner routine. Hailsham kept the play going with a Lewes own goal and one from Jim Cyster to give half-time score of 3-1.
But their game dropped in the second half allowing Lewes to pick up momentum and claw back one goal, but a second Lewes own goal gave Hailsham back the two-goal cushion. Sam Rham then added Hailsham’s fifth goal, but Lewes managed to claw back three goals in the last 15 minutes to level the game at 5-5 at the final whistle.
Hailsham Ladies beat Worthing 10-1, a great result that keeps Hailsham top of Sussex Ladies League Division 1.
Hailsham started this home game well and, with no pressure from Worthing, Susie Smith scored a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes. Sue Cable found the backboard from a short corner routine and then proceeded to score again on her reverse with an expert cross in from Emma Allen to close the first half 5-0 up. Despite a slow start after the restart, Hailsham pressed on and Cable scored a further two goals, before Worthing temporarily found their feet, applied pressure and scored a goal.
The home team fought back immediately, with Allen scoring from open play.
Cable then wrapped up the game with the last two goals.
Despite the poor weather away at Blatchington Mill, Hailsham Ladies 2nd XI dominated possession of the ball in the first half against a slow-starting Brighton and Hove Ladies 5th XI.
The breakthrough for Hailsham eventually came when Katherine Moore struck the ball at goal, forcing the keeper to concede an own goal.
In the second half, Brighton came back with a bit more tempo, but Moore was determined, and eventually managed to get a goal of her own.
Hailsham then continued to maintain possession of the ball, with Rachel Hall missing a few good chances. The result moves Hailsham up to second place in Sussex Ladies League Division 3.
Hailsham Men’s 2nd XI managed a 6-3 victory away to Lewes 6th XI in Sussex Division 4, but the scoreline could have been much greater if more of the chances for the forward line had been converted.
Goalscorers were Sam Headey (3), Richard Whitling (2) and Mike Holloway. The Hailsham defence were unlucky to concede a penalty which keeper Alan Brundle managed to deflect, but such was the force of the strike the ball continued into the net.
A great all-round match performance by Steve Johnson earned him Hailsham man of the match, with many of the goalscoring opportunities being assisted by Chris Hendley and Ian Johnson.
Ladies South Divison 3b
Yately 1st XI 2 Lewes 1st XI 4 This weekend Lewes Ladies 1st team travelled to Farnborough to play the rather physical Yately team. Lewes meant business from the start with powerful ball transfers around the pitch eventually finding the forwards, who put the keeper under immense pressure. Half way through the first half Lewes won a penalty corner and Captain Kerry Fitzpatrick buried the ball in the top right hand of the corner of the goal. The second goal came soon after when Anna Worth ran with the ball from the halfway line beating all four defenders one by one and threading the ball through to newcomer Kirsty Pickett, who banished the ball to the back of the net.
In the second half Lewes started with great composure with Worth and Fitzpatrick both scoring top corner goals from penalty corners. Towards the end of the game Yately were granted a couple of lucky goals, however, it was too little too late for them and Lewes won the game 4-2, gaining 3 points in their league. The ladies were also due to play Marlow this weekend in the National Trophy but were given the win due to Marlow being unable to play. A successful weekend for the ladies 1s and a man of the match performance from the speedy Anna Worth (pictured).
Sussex Ladies Premier Division
Lewes 2nd XI 3 Burgess Hill 1st XI 3
Lewes faced Burgess Hill Ladies at the Southdown this week with Lewes 1 point better off in the league. From the off Lewes had a battle to score in the first half, with shots on goal that were saved and opportunities which were missed. A cross from Claudia James from a long corner allowed Claire Living to score and lifted the home team’s spirits going into half time at 3-1 down.
After a rousing team talk Lewes woke up and improved, winning a penalty corner which was converted by the injector, Tara Rogers. Lewes held off Burgess Hill and did not concede in the second half. The team worked well with excellent one-two play up the pitch. Hannah Thorpe finally levelled the score from a cross from Kristina Money to finish the game 3-3.
Sussex Men’s Division 2
St Francis 1st XI 4 Lewes 4th XI 2
Despite a close game Lewes were never in a position to win this match against the leaders in the Division.
Two down after 10 minutes, the team clawed their way back via a spectacular Chris Whiting effort only to concede two more strikes at the beginning of the second half. Whiting’s second goal, from the penalty spot, being the sum of their endeavours. Despite this Lewes kept playing progressive hockey and if the defensive frailties can be ironed out the squad should return quickly to winning ways.
Sussex Men’s Division 3
Lewes 5th XI 0 St Francis 2nd XI 4
Lewes were no match for a strong St Francis side whose fast forwards were too quick for the home defence. It was 3-0 at half time and Lewes got briefly back into the match in the second half but paid the price for not converting their short corners and chances when St Francis broke and scored their fourth late on.