Promoted to Hampshire/Surrey Division 1 in 2015/16
2015/16 winners of EH Vase and Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2
Captain: Rob Dilworth
Coach: Mo Rahman
League: Hampshire / Surrey Regional Division 1
Current Position: 3
Total Goals: 1785
Total Cards: 295
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
vs Croydon and O W - 02 Dec 2017
Home Score: 5 - Opposition Score: 4
Match Result: Win
On a fresh Saturday morning Haslemere Hockey Club were looking to bounce back from their defeat to Barnes the previous weekend. Haslemere started the game well and looked to punish Croydon on the counter attack; especially with the pace Haslemere had in the team. Haslemere went close to opening the scorning when Millsom and Powell both missed good chances to put Haslemere ahead. Amazing work from Roberts, Campbell and Hall in the midfield kept the blues organised and disciplined.
The game was end to end and both teams were working hard to find that opening goal. Josh Cowell worked the Croydon keeper on a handful of occasions and Croydon’s attack tested Nick Bull in the blues goal. Great team goals from Haslemere put them 2-0 up. Haslemere looked comfortable but switched off and Croydon managed to grab a gal back almost straight away. This was a wakeup call for Haslemere who worked tirelessly but Dilworth, Brown, Regan and Gloak were unable to keep Bull’s goal safe and Croydon managed make it 2-2 before the break.
Haslemere started the second half well but it was Croydon that took the lead early into the second half. Then Haslemere scored a 3rd goal to equalise. Croydon grabbed their 4th of the game late on and it looked like the points were heading back with the visiting side. Captain Dilworth went off injured; he assessed the situation from the side-lines and made appropriate changes. These changes turned out to be game winning changes. Inform forwards Nick Cope and Andy Powell Grabbed Haslemere’s final two goals in the dying moment and kept the three points in Haslemere.
Team: Bull (GK), Regan, Dilworth (C), Brown, Gloak, Roberts, E. Hall, Campbell, J. Hall, Morgan, Millsom, Cope (2), Cowell (1), Powell (2).
vs Epsom - 18 Nov 2017
Home Score: 2 - Opposition Score: 1
Match Result: Win
Haslemere 1st XI vs Epsom 1st XI
In an exciting game in prospect Haslemere hosted Epsom in a mid table clash, with both teams looking to secure points to push them into the top four of the table.
As the game started Haslemere looked to put an early stamp of authority on the game and piled the pressure on the Epsom defence early on, with some lovely build up play in the midfield of Jacob Hall, Grant Roberts, Andy Powell and Elliot Hall. The hosts did not have to wait long for the first goal to be scored with Jacob Hall finding Andy Powell in the D for the midfielder to calmly finish to get Haslemere one nil up early in the first half.
Haslemere continued to dominate early in the first half creating chances for forwards Charlie Millsom, Josh Cowell, Nic Cope and Will Tristem however some solid defending and good saves from Epsom XI halted the efforts for Haslemere to increase their lead. The Epsom defence could not hold on forever and after some fantastic play by Charlie Millsom gave youngster Will Tristem and open goal and score his first goal for the 1st XI.
With this the game turned and Epsom looked to get back into the game and played some good hockey in patches and looked to try find holes in the Haslemere defence, goalkeeper Nick Bull was having none of it producing great saves and marshalling his defence to hold the Epsom forwards out. Nick (later voted Man of the Match) demonstrated his keeper skills pulling off a treble save and holding out 5 short corners at the end of the first half.
With the half time whistle blown Haslemere looked to reflect on a positive half and look to continue this in the second half, Epsom came out the stronger at half time and looked to assert themselves onto the game and get passed the inform Haslemere keeper Nick Bull, with Haslemere having to work hard as a team to hold Epsom.
The Epsom forwards managed to breach the Haslemere defence of Rob Dilworth, Jarryd Brown and Alastair Gloak with a well worked short corner routine. With the game at 2-1 and both sides looking to push and get the points for the weekend more chances were created at both ends of the
pitch. The crowd had to wait late in the second half for Elliot Hall to convert a well run short corner routine, flicking over the logged keeper to regain
Haslemere’s two goal advantage. The game was not over and Epsom did not look to be finished and pushed the Haslemere defence to work hard for the remainder of the game. After holding out waves of attacks and running some fantastic counter breaks the final whistle had blown and Haslemere secured another three points which pushed them up to third in the table. Another exciting away trip to Barnes for the mighty blues this week with another win could see Haslemere push themselves away from the rest of the pack and look to push Basingstoke and Woking for second and first place respectively.
Team: Nick Bull (GK), Rob Dilworth (C), Graham Stopher, Jarryd Brown, Alastair Gloak, Alex Regan, Alec Morgan, Grant Roberts, Elliot Hall, Andy Powell, Nic Cope, Josh Cowell, Charlie Millsom, Jacob Hall and Will Tristem.
vs Woking - 11 Feb 2017
Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 2
Match Result: Loss
In a very tight league both Woking and Haslemere were looking to secure a victory at the weekend to help guarantee survival. Haslemere were close to full strength so, despite the conditions, were hopeful of 3 valuable points.
Unlike the visitor, Woking began the game well, applying pressure straight from the start and catching the Haslemere team off guard, moving the ball quickly and accurately – from stick to stick. As a result, Woking managed to grab the first goal with a man free in the D who put the ball past Nick Bull with the Haslemere defenders still scratching their heads. It did not get much better for Haslemere 5 minutes later when caught very high up the pitch Woking broke again and ran through to pass around the keeper and go two up.
Haslemere came to life and after began to create chances through their midfield line of Andy Major, Robert Grech, Elliott Hall and Campbell Hancock. The Woking defence remained defiant holding out and clearing their lines - attack after attack.
However, it was not long after coming on that Andy Powell grabbed Haslemere the goal they needed to get back into the game, from a long corner Powell received the ball from Rob Grech and smashed it into the goal. Now at, 2-1 Haslemere looked to get the game back on level terms before the end of the first half but to no avail.
Haslemere knew at halftime that they had to maintain their intensity and keep the pressure on Woking who had been kept very quiet since the opening minutes of the game. The second half continued in the same fashion the first had finished, with lots of attacking play by Haslemere but the final finish was lacking with forwards Nic Cope, Barney Green, Andy Powell and Hugo Chandler all coming close.
Other chances came from short corner routines with the Woking keeper making himself large and pulling off some fantastic saves. Woking worked had and their resilience in defence paid off when the final whistle blew. Both teams had worked hard with some fantastic individual performances from the two sides. Haslemere host Fareham this weekend in a must win game.
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