Saturday saw Hailsham 1s edge out a 2-1 victory against their closest-in-table rivals South Saxons 1s.
Sussex Ladies Premier Division: South Saxons Ladies 1s 1 Hailsham Ladies 1s 2
In an eagerly contested game, Toni Bray scored first for Hailsham, striking goal from a penalty corner that was awarded after a good linking play between midfielders Sarah Haird, Katie James and Michelle Page drove the ball into the Saxon’s defence. Saxons came out hard in the second half, with defender Emma Allen making a goal line clearance to help maintain Hailsham’s lead.
Eventually Saxons converted a penalty corner into a goal, but this rallied the Hailsham team and, after forcing a number of penalty corners, Sue Cable struck the Saxons back board for the winning goal.
Youngster Susie Smith again put in an excellent performance, with a number of superb reverse stick shots testing the Saxons keeper, and Haird picked up Hailsham player of the match for her superb control of the mid-field.
Sussex Ladies League Division Two
Hailsham Ladies 2s 4
South Saxons Ladies2s 1
A 4-1 victory against South Saxons 2s moved Hailsham Ladies 2s up to fourth in division on Saturday. An early goal from Toni Wheatley opened the scoring, but Saxons soon equalized against run of play. Hailsham applied more pressure, but it took until just before half time for the second goal to go in, Gemma Rham the scorer.
Amy Green and Julie Nightingale (Hailsham player of the match) assisted Rham and Wheatley respectively with their second-half goals, with Katherine Moore, back on the forward line after being stand-in keeper last week, missing out on goals despite several attempts.
Sussex Development League East
South Saxons Warriors 0
Hailsham Millers 2
Hailsham Millers climbed up to 4th in the Sussex development league with a convincing 2-0 win against South Saxons. Hailsham played an effective short passing game and overall demonstrated better team play than the opposition, moving the ball from defence to attack with ease. The young Hailsham team took an early lead through a Will Kirkham tap-in and never looked like conceding with the defence of Louis Whitling and Paddy Smith in fine form, both making some crunching tackles. Captain Julian Moore scored a second following a goalmouth scramble to secure another 3 points for the promising development team.
Sussex Men’s Division 1
Hailsham 1st XI 1
Penguins 1st XI 2
After a promising start, Hailsham 1s lost their first home game of the season 2-1 in the first of two defeats suffered by Hailsham teams at the hands of Penguins this weekend. Early goal-scoring opportunities befell home players Lloyd Williams and captain Lee Humber but, after a run of penalty corners, Penguins claimed the first goal to go into half-time break one goal ahead. Lloyd Williams equalized in the second half, deflecting an Andy Ball pass into the bottom corner of Penguins’ goal. Through weak marking, Penguins were able to create several short corner chances and eventually from one they were given a goal, albeit strongly contested by Hailsham defenders who believed they had safely cleared the ball off the line.
Sussex Men’s Division 3
Penguins 2nd X1 2
Hailsham 2nd XI 1
Fielding an unfamiliar team, Hailsham 2s succumbed to a closely fought 2-1 defeat at Penguins 2s in a match of few chances. An innocuous aerial ball into the Hailsham circle was inadvertently diverted in as keeper James May unsuccessfully avoided contact to give Penguins the lead. Steve James struck a post in search of an equaliser before Mick Buckingham touched in Mark Patton’s drilled pass. Hailsham pressed hard for an advantage in the second half, with Richard Whitling’s goal rightfully disallowed, and a draw beckoned when a Penguins cross was allowed to find their attacker loitering to pounce at the far post.