Hailsham played one of their best games of the season on Saturday, with a 4-1 home victory against South Saxons who had been undefeated in their last six games in Sussex Division 1.
The game started with good end-to-end play, but a hit-out from Hailsham’s Lee Humber was picked up by Alex Smith who ran with the ball into the Saxon’s D before flicking the ball over the keeper to open scoring within ten minutes.
With Mark Lambert and Furlong both playing very effectively at the back for Hailsham, Saxons achieved few scoring opportunities in the second half,
Saxons responded soon after with an equalizer, the ball being moved around the D and wrong-footing keeper Will Parsons for when the strike came in.
With both teams still throwing much effort into attack, Hailsham then got back in the lead from a long corner, with the ball played back up the pitch to Will Furlong. Furlong blasted the ball to Smith at the top of the Saxons D who deflected the ball to captain George Cyster to strike home.
Saxons very nearly equalized again shortly before half-time from another penalty corner, but Parsons was wise to the routine and made a cracking save to keep Hailsham in the lead.
With no let-up in the drizzle making pitch conditions moist, both teams started the second-half eager for victory. Cyster and Smith both figured in Hailsham’s third goal as Cyster reverse-stick struck the ball into the Saxons D where a great deflection by Smith this time found Tristan Pengilley to score.
With Mark Lambert and Furlong both playing very effectively at the back for Hailsham, Saxons achieved few scoring opportunities in the second half, whilst at the other end Smith, Cyster and Sam Rham’s tireless running kept the Saxon’s defence on their toes.
The final goal of the game came from a penalty corner, with Cyster receiving the injected ball, feinting a strike before smoothly dribbling to the right of the D and striking goal through a hole in the defence. The result moves Hailsham level with South Saxons on points, with Saxons better goal difference keeping them ahead. Next week sees Hailsham make the long journey to Middleton.