This is the HHC Mens Vets Squad.
Captain: Jonathan Roy
Manager: Iain Lynch
League: Wessex Super Vets Alliance
Current Position: 4
Total Goals: 1715
Total Cards: 15
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
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?
vs South Berks - 18 Nov 2017
Home Score: 6 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
Haslemere Vets were anxious to put the previous week’s first league defeat against Guildford behind them, and up their game and play with confidence and sharper passing! South Berkshire Vets were boosted by the loan of Tony Richards and Paul Kirkham to even up the numbers, and the majority of the first half of this fixture was evenly matched, with scoring chances at both ends of the pitch. The Vets were unable to take advantage of a couple of short corners and promising scoring opportunities, and it took thirty minutes before Simon Prichard expertly slotted the first goal and gain a slender lead for the Vets. The second half was a different story though! Iain Lynch may have ‘overrun’ himself and unfortunately had to retire from the game, and Haslemere recalled one loan player, and the balance of the match tipped in the Vets favour and slick passing play came to the fore. Two goals from Johnny Roberts, two from Paul Saunders and a second from Simon Prichard followed, despite a good performance by the opposition keeper who kept the score line in single figures. South Berks were afforded only a few attacking opportunities, and an excellent short corner defence by Peter Lawrence streaking off the goal line, ensured that the Vets maintained a clean sheet and a highly satisfactory return to winning ways and third position in the league.
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