Hailsham men bounce back with win against Mid Sussex

Mens 1s Rob Lee
Mens 1s Rob Lee

Hailsham bounced back from last week’s defeat at Crowborough with a home victory against Mid Sussex Men’s 1s.

Despite Hailsham starting brightly, with good link-up play between forwards Lee Humber and Alex Smith, the visitors opened the scoring from a penalty corner routine awarded against run of play. Hailsham’s response was immediate from the restart, with Tristan Pengilley rifling a pass to Sam Headey in the Middies D.

Headey quickly spun with the ball and flicked it into the path of Lloyd Williams who made no mistake from close range and drew the game level for half time.

The second half was played in a similar fashion to the first with Hailsham dominating play and looking sturdy, with good defensive play at the back and a string of fine saves from Keeper Matt Abson-Bennett. The hosts grabbed the winner ten minutes from time, after a well-placed pass from Smith found Headey unmarked in the D, the forward sliding the ball under the keeper to mark a good win for Hailsham.

More Hailsham hockey reports in this week’s Sussex Express