Haslemere 1st XI vs Salibury 1st XI CUP MATCH
Salisbury 2 Haslemere 4
After a battling game the day before, leaving 3 players injured, Haslemere made their way to Salisbury with a youthful but strong make shift side. With injuries and lack of availability the cup was the perfect occasion to bring in some young talent from the club and give them the chance to establish themselves as serious contenders for 1st XI league games. The feisty Joe Jackson debutised up front with his older brother Alex stepping into right half. And Phil Butler started on the right wing looking to continue his good league form and establish himself as a regular first team player.
The game started at a quick pace with the home side settling first, which was to be expected considering all the new faces. But it wasn't long before Haslemere took a grip of the match and started to play some of the best hockey seen this season. A great move started on the left with Tom Gee bringing the ball out of the channel and moving it on to Gavin Thow who with pace squared it to Rob Dilworth. Pushing up with the ball he laid it off to Alex Jackson who threaded a delicious pass into the 'D' for Matt Godden to score on his second attempt. At 1-0 confidence continued to grow with great play from the in form Danny Clarke down the right channel, working well with Bill Ashworth in his new role of centre forward. With Phil Butler working well on the right and Joe Jackson causing problems in the middle Haslemere were creating good chances from open play but just couldn't convert. It wasn't until late in the half when a short corner was won and converted by Grant Roberts from the top that the lead was extended. 2-0 at half time was a fair result but huge amounts of concentration were needed if the result was going to stay in the away teams' favor.
The second half began as the first ended with Haslemere continuing to pressurise the home defence. Some great inter play down the left between Roberts and Godden caught Salisbury napping. Godden pushed forward at pace and picked out Phil Butler who coolly crossed for the unmarked Ashworth to slot home from close range. At 3-0 the game was almost won but there was still time for the home side, and for the first time, started to cause Haslemere some problems.
The home side won a short corner and converted it. But the young Haslemere side showed great character and within minutes of conceding Roberts threaded a ball from the left into the D for Ashworth who nipped ahead of Joe Jackson to score his second of the match. At 4-1 the game was over. Haslemere now beaming with confidence passed the ball around with ease teasing their opponents and continued to create chances in the late stages of the match. Salisbury did manage to get a consolation goal in the last few minutes but it was too late to spoil the party. Every player can take great pride in their performance in a physical and tiring game. A special mention must go to Tommy Gee who had a great game at left half and to Joe and Alex Jackson for making a fantastic contribution to a good team performance.
Team: H. Maguire; R. Dilworth; G.Thow; T.Gee; A.Jackson; D.Clarke; G.Roberts; M.Godden; A.Butler; P.Butler; A.Butler; B.Ashworth; J.Jackson
By Grant Roberts