Promoted to Hampshire/Surrey Division 1 in 2015/16
2015/16 winners of EH Vase and Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2
Captain: Rob Dilworth
Coach: Neil Francis
League: Hampshire / Surrey Regional Division 1
Current Position: 3
Total Goals: 1966
Total Cards: 308
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
vs Croydon and O W - 10 Nov 2018
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 2
Match Result: Win
Six matches down, Haslemere 1st XI were down on their luck and searching for their first win of the season. After a string of difficult and unfortunate results, the boys were determined to send a message to the rest of the league. Settling in to a tactical shift and a new centre back pairing of Rob Dilworth and Alex, there was no reagan Haslemere couldn’t keep their first clean sheet of the campaign.
As in previous weeks, a high energy start from Haslemere piled pressure onto the opposition, but the blues were again unable to find the back of the net during this period. A breakaway goal against the run of play put Haslemere behind, leaving players and fans with that familiar sense of déjà vu. A tight remainder of the half flew by, with Croydon surviving a late first half skirmish from the Haslemere front line.
After a rousing half time talk from head coach Neil Francis, Haslemere came out firing again at the start of the second half. Yet again, however, prolonged pressure from the Haslemere attack fell short of registering points on the scoreboard. Despite the dominance from the home side just after the break, a loose ball found its way to the Croydon centre forward, who, despite the best efforts of Nick Bull, coolly passed the ball into the backboard. This second Croydon goal put Haslemere further behind, leaving players and fans with that familiar sense of déjà vu.
But the boys in blue were far from believing that the game was lost. With patient build up play from the back, Andy a major presence in midfield and an aggressive press led by Alec Morgan, Haslemere continued to toil in the heavy rain. Pinned down in the corner, Tom Greene decided to give the fans what they came to see; a blistering run down the wing tore through the Croydon defensive setup, just before Greene played in Andy Powell for a slick finish in what would prove to be a decisive turning point in the match.
Haslemere took spirit from the first goal and looked to trouble the Croydon goalkeeper for a second time. The cracks were beginning to show for the visitors, as a Haslmere forward was brought down in the D, winning his team a penalty flick. Up stepped Andy Powell. Looking for his second goal of the game, he calmly sent the keeper the wrong way and fired the ball high and over the back fence. As planned, the keeper had bought what Powell was selling and had moved too early, giving Powell, as planned, another opportunity to put his team level, as planned. He made no mistakes the second time around, leaving the game delicately poised at 2-2 and Haslemere with the wind in their sails.
Not satisfied with leaving points on the table, the home side continued to apply pressure and were finally rewarded after their tika-taka build up play worked the ball up to the opposition D, leaving Millsom to do the rest. A well organised defensive system helped Haslemere to see out the final few minutes of the match untroubled, securing them their first win of the league season.
vs Oxted - 20 Oct 2018
Home Score: 6 - Opposition Score: 6
Match Result: Draw
Haslemere snatch a point from the Jaws of defeat
Haslemere 1st XI for the second week running played out a high scoring draw, this time away at Oxted 3s. With the opposition boasting an ex-GB player and a number of national league veterans, this would not be an easy game for the boys in blue, even if their opponents were yet to register a point in the league pre push-back.
And so it proved to be as Oxted took the lead through a short corner effort that rifled into the top corner, nearly taking Alastair Gloak’s head with it.
Haslemere began to settle into their rhythm and were passing the ball nicely when Oxted extended their advantage with a breakaway goal that was against the run of play.
Haslemere responded quickly however, with Fox craftily sending the keeper the wrong way to convert one of the Mere’s first penalty corners, before Alec Morgan seized on a wayward Oxted pass to run half the pitch and cooly slot past the advancing keeper. Haslemere went into the break 3-2 down again thanks to an innocuous Oxted goal. Shortly after half time the boys responded, a deft touch from Thorpe looped the ball over the keeper from a short corner. 3-3. Again the old men of Oxted struck a succour punch as they scored again, with Haslemere being undone once more on the break, the only downside to the attractive brand of hockey they play. But it can’t all be bad as Haslemere equalised again through Andy Powell, who’s airplane celebration rather aptly preceded the game really taking off.
In a manic last 15 minutes, Haslemere conceded twice as they pushed for a first win of the season. For many sides this would have meant the end of the game as a contest, as Oxted looked to see out the match, using their nous acquired through decades of playing the game.
However the Blues really upped the tempo and the pressure told when they won another penalty corner, which Hall despatched into the bottom right with aplomb. The home side showed why they are propping up the table as they failed to see the game out, their only way out being shipping the ball to their GB vet who held the ball up and then looked to ease the pressure by throwing ariels over the Haslemere press.
Haslemere stuck to their way of playing hockey and their faith was rewarded, as Powell ran along the by-line before setting Thorpe up to sink his second, and Haslemere’s 6th of the match. Sadly there wasn’t enough time for the Mere to clinch the winner as the umpires called time on another fantastic game for the neutral.
The ones host Reigate on Saturday as they chase their first win of the season, if present form is anything to go by - it should be a thriller.
vs Bournemouth - 13 Oct 2018
Home Score: 4 - Opposition Score: 4
Match Result: Draw
A thrilling 4-4 draw between Haslemere and Bournemouth threw the league wide open.
Bournemouth already had a win under their belt but Haslemere were desperate to get off the mark and it made for an entertaining brand of end-to-end hockey.
Andy Powell started the scoring off for the Surrey side, after great build up play from Matt Hemming and superb skill from Alec Morgan, Powell was left with a simple tap in to start the scoring.
But a Haslemere mistake gifted Bournemouth the chance which they slotted home.
Bournemouth had barely finished celebrating their goal when Elliott Hall swept home from open play to restore the lead for Haslemere within 30 seconds of the restart.
But the disappointment of falling behind yet again didn’t deter Bournemouth and they responded in the 22nd minute when a shot deflected in to make it 2-2.
However, Haslemere won a penalty stroke straight after but Haslemere failed to take advantage. The first half finished with Haslemere battering Bournemouth, however Haslemere failed to take their opportunities and Bournemouth punished them and took the lead, Bournemouth nearly doubled their lead but heroics from Nick Bull, saving a flock kept them in it. Cameron Moore struck late in the first half leaving the score 3-3 to end a thrilling first half.
In the second half, Haslemere created chances but failed to capitalise. Bournemouth were rewarded yet another penalty, this time Bull couldn’t keep it out.
It looked like Bournemouth were going to take all three points with a 4-3 win but then on 66 minutes, the legend Alfie Richards made it 4-4 with a deft finish assisted by the also legendary Max Robertson, ensured Haslemere shared the spoils.
Rob Dilworth, Haslemere’s Captain said after the game: “We played well in patches today but some small mistakes cost us the win. There’s definitely still a good chance of us going forward but we will stay realistic and focus on getting a result against Oxted next week.
Adam Tapper Bournemouth’s Coach, “We we’re lucky not to go in 4 down at half time. It was good to score four goals and if it feels like two points dropped with Haslemere equalising so late on.”
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