This is the HHC Mens 2nd XI Squad.
Captain: Jamie Cashman
Manager: Jamie Cashman
League: Hampshire Area - Division 1
Current Position: 9
Total Goals: 1482
Total Cards: 196
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
Mens 2s in the Hampshire Open League Cup Final
The Mens 2s who beat Bournemouth 2s 4-2 in the Semi Finals will now play Havant 2s in the Open League Cup Final on Monday 5th May at Bournemouth Hockey Club - 4pm push back.
It should be a great match so if you fancy heading down to Bournemouth to cheer on the guys, I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated. Simon
vs Trojans 2s - 13 Jan 2018
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
Saturday 13th January 2018 – Trojans 2 vs 2
A bottom of the table clash welcomed into 2018, with resources thin across the club the 2s handed several season debuts with Sam Moreno, Julian Amesbury & Pete Crook all being given the prestigious cap by skipper .
arrived in good spirits and a quick jog around the car park was all they needed to loosen the tight muscles after a lengthy Christmas break (even Ed Easton made the warm-up!).
The game began with giving plenty of possession to Trojans in their own half but pressing hard as soon as there was penetration into territory. Ben Powell made some excellent early saves to keep the game at 0-0, but the game was extremely well balanced. As the game progressed Stopher took control of the centre of the park and began to dominate the middle with Trojans players literally bouncing off him. An excellent attack down the left-hand side saw free in the D, who slipped the ball to Hams at the back post. The initial shot was saved by the keeper, but the ball ricocheted off the keeper leaving Hams with an open goal, however a strong stick tackle by the Trojans defender prevented the tap-in and were awarded a short corner when perhaps a P-Flick should have been awarded.
Trojans then began to dominate possession a bit more coming forward in waves of attack but without really threatening the makeshift back 3 of Easton, Gee and Amesbury (not an Accounting Firm before you ask). It was during one of these Trojans attack where took the lead as Pete Crook found himself 1v1 with the keeper after a long ball out from the back. He showed great composure and attacking prowess by slotting the ball through the legs.
HASLEMERE 1 – TROJANS 0
did not change their mind-set after going 1-0 up and kept up their industrious work with Sam Moreno showing fantastic legs up front & Marcus showing us the aggressive side of his game after a small ‘confrontation’. Half-time arrived with not much else to report.
Snacks provided were good from the most senior member of the side (Iain O’Neil in case you were wondering) and water levels were sufficient to keep the 12 elite athletes hydrated.
started the second half with fantastic intent and a break down the left by Julian Amesbury led to Pete Crook finding himself un-marked again in the D and a cool finish led to doubling their lead.
HASLEMERE 2 – TROJANS 0
Now being ahead in a game was quite foreign to this season but being 2 ahead whilst having a clean sheet was unheard of. Despite this kept their cool and every player on the pitch was working harder than ever to secure a desperately needed 3 points. There was still enough time left in the game for a few things to happen, 1) Trojans to score 3 quick goals, 2) Pete to get his hat-trick, 3) Hams to get a card. Thankfully it was the second eventuality that came to frutation, as a scrappy short corner came out to Pete who again slotted the ball past the floundering Trojans keeper.
HASLEMERE 3 – TROJANS 0
With 5 minutes to go Trojans finally decided to add a bit of urgency to their game and began to really attack the goal, however, Ben Powell stood firm and would not let anything get past him and into the back of the net. There was still time for a stand-out chance for Trojans and some more debatable umpiring. A short corner was struck firmly towards the back post and the ball was cleared off the line and off the back for a long corner. It looked suspiciously like the ball may have struck a foot on the way through but the umpires did not see anything and awarded a long corner despite the appeals of the Trojans players. This was one of the final plays of the game with holding out for all 3 points and a clean sheet to start the New Year. An excellent start to 2018 and with 2 important fixtures coming up it looks like may have finally found their mojo.
MOM – Pete Crook for his hat trick
DOD – Will Hams for spilling beer over Marcus
vs City of Portsmouth - 25 Nov 2017
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
Haslemere 2s vs City of Porstmouth 1s – 23rd November 2017
Winter arrived at Haslemere in full force for the battle against City of Portsmouth with the sections of the pitch a touch frosty, however, this did not detract from the high spirits of the squad & an excellent warm up followed. Zac Thomas could be found leading the warm-up game in the corner, whilst Jamie Cashman and Will Hams were warming up Mr ‘Not-Team-Of-The-Week Keeper’ Powell with their vicious and accurate drag flicks. Campbell was mysteriously quiet throughout the warm-up and kept retreating to the bench to check his phone, perhaps checking his latest Facebook add…Charlie Gregory’s fiancée.
The game started and City of Portsmouth with their rugged and agricultural style of play took the lead with what can only be described as a howler from the Haslemere keeper, a somewhat surprising error from the 2s star player of the season so far.
Haslemere 0 – CoP 1
Haslemere heads were certainly down and Olly Bamber was trying his very best to wrestle the game back in favour of the home side despite feeling ‘weird’ after a long flight back from Singapore. Haslemere were on top and had an excellent chance to equalise after Will Hams found Zac Thomas in the D with an open goal, Zac shifted the ball onto his favoured reverse…the goal was gaping…but unfortunately the ball drifted wide of the post. A real let off from the hosts.
CoP were not offering much in terms of attacking play and their ageing workforce did not appear to threaten the youthful Haslemere defence whose average age was brought down considerably when Tommy Gee decided to bring himself on as a forward in a decision stranger than West Ham’s appointment of David Moyes. Just as is their luck this year, CoP extended their lead further from a short corner to go into the break 2-0 up with Haslemere scratching their heads on how they were 2-0 in a strange game of hockey so far.
Haslemere 0 – CoP 2 – HALF TIME
Water was lacking due to a forgetful Mr Thomas, yet some excellent M&S treats were provided courtesy of Ladies 1’s sensation Sarah Elworthy (thanks Saz).
The second half started in the same manner as the first with CoP scoring a third to leave Haslemere heads down & hearts of the brave soldiers broken.
Haslemere 0 – CoP 3
Olly Bamber was now in a state of delirium but to Haslemere’s benefit Campbell had finally forgotten about ‘Mrs Gregory to be’ and started to turn on the style with commanding runs from centre midfield and superb link up play with the forwards. A short corner was won and Campbell politely stated that a slip right was the best option, and Mr Cashman despite his fericous flicks in the warm up duly obliged with Cammy dispatching the a goal into the top left hand corner for a potential Haslemere revival.
Haslemere 1 – CoP 3
The revival lasted about as long as Tommy Gee’s perplexing role up top and CoP won another short corner and dispatched into the back of goal to the disappointment of the Haslemere defence.
Haslemere 1 – CoP 4
This goal again sparked a spirited recovery from the boys in blue, with Neil Francis running the bench and Gee finally back in defence, confidence was restored to the side with Cam Moore proving a threat down the right hand flank. Haslemere continued to remain a threat with debutant Lewis proving a useful addition to the side. A short corner followed after some great work in attack by Haslemere and the slip left was the call again, this time to Will Hams. A clean injection, stop and slip followed. Hams flicked the ball towards the near post where the keeper could only direct the ball to an oncoming Jamie Cashman who slotted the ball home calmly. Could Haslemere stop leaking goals at the back and snatch a few late goals for a deserved point?
Haslemere 2 – CoP 4
No. CoP Goal.
Haslemere 2 – CoP 5
Again, conceding a goal seemed to waken the side up and some great work from Cashman in the D lead to him being taken out, the umpire didn’t seem to acknowledge this and blew for a free hit the other way. Time was running out but with 2 minutes to spare Haslemere won a short corner and again the same routine was decided upon. The slip right found Will Hams in acres of space again, and a flick towards the bottom left rocketed into the backboard, there was muted celebration from the home side as they knew it was too little too late.
Haslemere 3 – CoP 5 – FULL TIME
The game barely had time to restart before the final whistle went. Haslemere hearts broken once again, but plenty of positives to take from the game and onto a difficult fixture at Havant next week.
Big shout out goes to man of the match Campbell Hancock, and DOD went to Zac Thomas for reasons that cannot be disclosed in the public domain.
vs Hamble - 18 Nov 2017
Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 3
Match Result: Loss
Saturday 18th November 2017 Hamble 1s vs Haslemere 2s
On a frosty and sharp winter morning in mid Novemeber Haslmere 2s were hoping to build on their one and only point with an away game to Hamble. Cashman had spent the previous evening rounding up the mob with mixed success. Last minute drop outs and some questionable intelligence from Hugo meant that final numbers were unknown. You can be forgiven for thinking that heads may have been low, this could not have been further from the truth. With spirits refusing to be broken the men in blue headed towards Hamble.
On arrival it was quickly evident that old folk tales of the place were true. Hamble personified the physical and brutish nature of the away sides game, the low grey buildings were unwelcoming, and the pitch could take your skin. The warm up was short, Hams and Zac fired of some pinpoint shots to loosen up a grateful Ben Powel and Ali Mac turned up the heating on his way to pick up Hugo from the train station.
From the first whistle Haslemere were under attack, devious play from the opposition saw the flow broken down at every opportunity. Legs and sticks flew, collisions were more common than passes. The umpired battled to keep the game from simmering over. Haslemere…. normally a well mannered and gentle side found themselves sucked into the warfare that Hamble wished to play.
There were however moments of good hockey in the cage (Octagon). Hamble to their credit looked used to the bounce of their pitch and had tailored their tactics to suit. Long crash balls bobbled over sticks and were met with first time bounce passes to waiting Hamble players. Haslemere struggled to adapt and soon found them selves a goal down after some jiggerpokery and a back post finish from the Hamble soldier (player).
Hamble 1s 1 – Haslemere 2s 0
Haslemere characteristically didn’t let their heads drop, some good work from Zac at the top of the D to find Willliam Hams resulted in a thunderbuster of a reverse shot from the little rodent. The Keeper doing very well to save it. Better passages of play from the away side were always results of calm transfers across the back between veteran Gee and Debutant Sam and even with a goals deficit it looked like Haslemere were in with a sniff. Despite some good play Hamble never really gave up their threat. For every foray into the home sides D was a equally dangerous response. Ben Powell ever thankful for his excellent warm up, kept his side in the game. If Haslemere’s 1s keeper had not been selected for England’s team of the week he would have been sweating at the thought of Ben on his heels.
When the half time whistle blew the score could have been very different for either side. Haslemere retreated into their trench for the midway chat and snack. The food on display that cold morning was quite exceptional, happiness radiated from Ed Easton and Stu Fry as the Percy Pigs and Friends, Haribo, Jelly Babies, Bottled Water and Bananas flooded the goal mouth. So good was the food, no one to this day knows what was said.
When the second half started Finn Robertson must have had more sweets than he is usually allowed, his energy was fantastic. Little jabs here and there had onlookers marvelling, good stick speed and tireless running dragged a post feast Haslemere up the pitch. Cameron Moore flopped the ball around and Haslemere won a few shorts. They were not however enough to level the scores. Ali Mac after his long morning of driving started to find him self with less and less room in the middle. Olly Bamber was making good tackles but when lifting his head found he had little around him. The pressure built by Hamble really started to show and once again Haslemere conceded.
Hamble 1s 2 – Haslemere 2s 0
Positive calls from Ian O’Neil and captain Cash did manage to keeps heads from dropping too low but at this point Haslemere were really starting to feel the effects of a poor start to the season.
William Hams was the first player to receive a card, a green for an accidental infraction. The same cannot be said for Ali Macs butchers chop, fully beaten and tired from the physical barrage swung his stick, connecting only with the stick of the opposition. Not even looking at the umpire he trotted off the pitch.
By this point all of Hamble had gathered at the side of the cage (Colosseum) to watch the battle. Cries of take his legs, and give him a kick could be heard. Shying away slightly from the bombardment Haslemere allowed a young Hamble player to slink his way through the carnage and slot a good shot into the bottom corner. Not even his incredible warm up (courtesy and Zac and Hams) could have prepared Ben for it.
Hamble 1s 3 - Haslemere 2s 0
As if to signal the closing stages of the game the pitch became extremely slippy. Zac heroically taking a fall in an attempt to play a killer pass found himself face down with the ball nowhere to be seen. The whistle blew for full time before he had arisen.
Beers courtesy of Ian O’neil in the clubhouse and some tasty pasta bake ended a cold and disappointing game day for the Mere. It remains to be seen whether Haslemere can pick themselves up as Zac did that day, what is not in doubt is that they will try. The squad full of strong players knows they are performing under their best and that when the team clicks they will be a force to be reckoned with.
MOM Ben P
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