Match report – 16/17th Nov 2019
Ladies 1’s vs Old Georgians
There once was a team from ‘mere, who didn’t have any fear, they drew three all, by chasing the ball, a win is drawing near…
Score: 3-3 Draw
Ladies 2’s – CANCELLED
Ladies 3’s vs Swanage & Wareham
Much jollity in the changing room beforehand, and wondering if we were still in the same country having travelled so far…L3s took to the pitch in high spirits. Despite end to end play, Swanage & Wareham drew ahead with 2 well taken goals. Second half was better for Haslemere but lost key centre half Abrahams when she played the ball with the nose. End result 4-1 loss, thanks to Evans’ ”tennis” goal….. it was a long way to go and lose but everyone played their best. Full credit to Molly for making so many saves and preventing the score line from being much worse!
Score: 4-1 Loss
POM:Molly the keeper
Ladies 4’s vs IBM Nomads
2 quick runaway opposition goals in the first 20 mins from a strong IBM Nomads slightly “rocked” the boat. A half time rethink got the team back on track and Haslemere slotted 3 home – with Georgia, Daisy and Karen doing their business. Liz was solid in defence “holding” up IBM’s further attacks with Georgia, Daisy and the 2 Fleurs doing a great job of making IBM run.
Score: 3-2 Win
POM: Georgia for running the oppo ragged
Ladies 5’s – CANCELLED
U12 – Girls Vs Surbiton
The U12 girls had 2 fixtures on Sunday both 7’s tournaments – 2 teams at Surbiton and one team at Yateley.
The surbiton games were won handsomely by both teams – it would appear that their top teams were elsewhere
U12 – Girls Vs Yateley
Once again 0ur 7s team here had a clean scoresheet beating Alton, Camberley & Yateley convincingly
U12 – Boys Vs Yateley
Decent effort today. The boys won the first match, with Brodie bursting through from centre midfield to score twice with clinical finishing. The next two matches ended in loses (0-1 and 1-2). Some very bad umpiring, particularly in the second match, when Alton broke twice following clear fouls. Dan played well at left back and Finn did a decent job at sweeper, but Brodie was the real powerhouse today.
U10s Boys & Girls
Both teams had a hugely successful tournament at Portsmouth with a mix of results
Mens 1’s vs Old Cranleighans
Haslemere slipped to a narrow defeat to Old Cranleighians, but coach Grant Roberts still took heart from his team’s performance during the 3-1 defeat at Woolmer Hill, speaking to reporters’, the manager waxed lyrical about what his players produced:
”The way we played was incredible, I’m so proud of my players – against a top team in the league… the way we played was awesome”.
Those words may seem at odd with the scoreline after three goals from the opposition. Mere could only muster a Charlie Millsom goal in response, but it was an accurate reflection of how well Haslemere played going forward.
Mere played some typically slick and artful hockey in the attacking areas. A midfield defined by technique manufactured plenty of quality combinations, with captain Cameron Moore, Alfie Richards and Andy Powell pulling the strings.
Ollie Green, Club Chairman also gave words of praise and also described some of the best opportunities Mere wasted:
”A great game, we were beaten today and you couldn’t argue Cranleighians didn’t deserve it, but there were chances for us which would have changed the game”.
This was a fair reflection on the play. Haslemere had a number of short corners and hit the woodwork on two separate occasions. Roberts’s praise rightfully given.
Roberts is likely also mindful of how some key decisions didn’t go his team’s way. In particular, Cranleighians second goal eventually scored by a short corner. A clear foot was missed and amazingly a corner was given. The innocent, local hero Rob Dilworth, who was upset by this decision was cruelly sent to the sin bin. Unfortunately, the VAR wasn’t working and Haslemere couldn’t be saved. Cranleighians converted and Haslemere were 2-1 down.
A tough last 5 minutes followed with Cranleighians grabbing a goal in the last play. Haslemre travel to Southampton next. Knowing if they keep the passion, work rate and skill they showed today three points is more than achievable. Good luck to the boys.
Score – 3-1 Loss