Hailsham came out 4-2 losers in a fast-paced home game against Southwick in a game marred by no less than 6 yellow and 2 red cards.
Southwick went ahead with an early goal, but Hailsham equalized courtesy of a Lee Humber penalty corner strike. Hailsham then lost their keeper after a careless tackle in which keeper took player rather than ball, with stand-in keeper Tristan Pengilley saving the resulting penalty flick.
Southwick then capitalised on Hailsham having to make do with a kicking-back whilst their keeper served his suspension, scoring two more goals, with Mark Lambert preventing a third by intercepting an airborne shot on the goal line. Sam Rham soon got Hailsham’s second goal, a thundering strike from the top of the Southwick D, but the visitors then reclaimed their two goal advantage to lead 4-2 into half-time.
Hailsham improved their play in the second half and threatened frequently, but two great penalty corner strikes were cleared off the line by Southwick defenders. A flurry of yellow and red cards in the last 20 minutes reduced Southwick to nine players and Hailsham to ten, yet the home team were unable to press the advantage.
Hailsham hockey round-up in this week’s Sussex Express