This is the HHC Mens Vets Squad.
Captain: Jonathan Roy
Manager: Iain Lynch
League: Wessex Super Vets Alliance
Current Position: 4
Total Goals: 1729
Total Cards: 15
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
vs Guildford - 24 Feb 2018
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 2
Match Result: Win
The Vets second meeting with Guildford Gondoliers is always a fixture that is looked forward to, and there was an added incentive having lost the away fixture earlier in the season! The game plan was disrupted after ten minutes when Guildford’s first real assault on the Vets goal resulted in a soft shot finding it’s way into the top corner of the net, and the Vets needed to sharpen their passing and reapply pressure on the Gondoliers which pushed their keeper into making a number of good saves before Simon Prichard rounded off a well worked move to bring the scores level at half time. More of the same in the second half, with Guildford being allowed few real attacking opportunities, and the Vets pressure allowed Johnny Roberts a chance to score an excellent second goal and the Vets grew in confidence. With Iain Lynch leaving the pitch with an injury, Peter Williams took his place, and despite being less than 100% fit, beat the Gondoliers defence to add a third goal. Perhaps the goal tally could have been higher, but the Gondoliers added a second goal with ten minutes to go and the lead was just about maintained by the final whistle. A good result for the Vets, and fourth place in the league secured.
vs Windsor (Polytechnic) - 10 Feb 2018
Home Score: 4 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
A very cold and wet Woolmer Hill greeted the Vets and their opponents this week - Windsor Vets, and the game was evenly matched for much of the first half, although Haslemere did have scoring chances, with Iain Lynch a lone target man up front! The break came following a goalmouth scramble with Paul Saunders eventually striking the ball over the goal line, and not long afterwards a good run from Lynch on the wing provided a cross in front of goal which Jonathan Roy converted for a second goal in style. Windsor always threatened to break back, and after a quiet first half, Peter Lindars in goal was called on to make a couple of decent saves during the second half, and Haslemere started to play some good hockey, allowing Peter Lawrence to join the attack and score two goals in quick succession, securing a good win for the Vets, and maintaining fourth position in the league table.
Special thanks to Isobel O'Neill and John Vallis for officiating the match and ensuring the high tempo of the game was kept under control!
vs Sunbury & Walton Hawks - 13 Jan 2018
Home Score: 2 - Opposition Score: 1
Match Result: Win
A new fixture for the Vets against Sunbury and Walton Hawks, and a changed formation using a sweeper at the back that proved to be a success, although volunteers for the position were very few! The Vets settled quickly, and soon started to dominate the game, although passing was sometimes less than precise! The Hawks keeper needed to make a number of good saves, and a lack of goals at half time was frustrating for the Vets, who should have been comfortably ahead. Fortunately Iain Lynch intercepted a cross from the right and beat the Hawks keeper, and the pressure was eased. Shortly afterwards, Iain Lynch crossed the ball in front of goal and Jonathan Roy, released from his sweeping duties in the first half, found the back of the net, and the Vets were in control - but perhaps lost a little concentration, as Hawks, who had enjoyed a number of attacks on the Vets goal, managed to score from a rebound off the keeper’s clearance, and the last ten minutes was played at a competitive tempo up to the final whistle. Next week the Vets return to league fixtures, and with the return of the absentee Mike Milne-Home to the squad, confidence is rising that the Vets can move up from their fourth place in the league table.
And now for a proper report:-
On a strangely mild January afternoon, Haslemere Vets took to their travels for a friendly game at Sunbury plus its constant stream of Heathrow-bound jets. The Team presently sitting fourth in their league (above Guildford) has been playing some great hockey so far this season, and central to this has been return of skipper Jonathan Roy back from injury, the many goals from Iain Lynch and Simon Prichard and the athleticism and skills of Johnny Roberts, David Sewell, Brent Bottoms, Paul Saunders and Pip Wright in midfield. This particular game saw the welcome return of Mike Milne-Home from his wedding planning- venue and date to follow. The defence of Hugh Inman, Peter Ruben, Paul Kirkham, Peter Lawrence, Peter Williams, Peter Smith, Phil Jackson with goalie Peter Lindars has had many ‘up’ moments and perhaps just a few ‘down’ moments. For the record Haslemere Vets boasts just three internationals at present – Johnny Roberts and Peter Williams for Wales and Iain Lynch for Scotland. Brent Bottoms, despite being Canadian as a possible England international to increase the tally?
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