This is the HHC Mens 2nd XI Squad.
Captain: Matt Tite
Vice Captains: Charlie Gregory & Zac Thomas
Coach: Will Bowes
League: Hampshire Area - Division 2
Current Position: 9
Total Goals: 1556
Total Cards: 207
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
Mens 2s in the Hampshire Open League Cup Final
The Mens 2s who beat Bournemouth 2s 4-2 in the Semi Finals will now play Havant 2s in the Open League Cup Final on Monday 5th May at Bournemouth Hockey Club - 4pm push back.
It should be a great match so if you fancy heading down to Bournemouth to cheer on the guys, I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated. Simon
vs Isle of Wight - 24 Nov 2018
Home Score: 5 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
After the previous week's defeat to Trojans at home, the men's 2nd XI were looking to bounce back after the tough defeat to trojans the week before. The Isle of Wight have struggled to get many points with 2 wins in 8 games so far this season with a few heavy defeats in that mix.
All too early on Saturday morning, the 2nd XI traveled across to the isle of wight with the goal of taking away the victory. Despite creating multiple opportunities to score early on and Haslemere dominating possession. The first goal felt like it took a while to come with Cameron Moore breaking the deadlock with a smashing hit from just off the top of the D to put the 2XI ahead 1-0. The second followed shortly where Harry Stokes added to that from a short corner with a bounce pass that cracked open the defence like a nutcracker from the top where he slotted it past the keeper who had no chance. This put Haslemere firmly in control of the game where they dominated possession with Matthew Tite and Charlie Whitworth acting as real nutcrackers from the back cutting out any passes that would create anything vaguely threatening.
With the additional confidence that the first two goals provided Haslemere pushed on continuing to attack with vigor. Will Hams added to the score in typical fashion receiving the ball on the back post and lifting it over the keeper into the back of the net adding yet another goal to the already very convincing scoresheet. Ali Mcgregor intercepting a pass and driving into the circle unopposed before hammering it past the keeper which would hopefully be the passport to the victory. The all-around solid performance persisted to halftime, where the 4-0 lead was maintained putting the 2XI in a very strong position into the second half. It looked like the IOW had about as much chance of winning as Swansea had at winning the champions league at this point.
The second half started and continued strong with plenty of opportunities coming up front but nowhere near as many put away as should be by certain people or persons who shall remain unnamed. The domination continued from the back with IOW having very few circle penetrations with Jake Wilshere snuffing all of those opportunities expertly. Going forward Haslemere continued to press hard with some very nice creative play but there seemed to be an issue putting the ball in the back of the net until Will Hams scored again putting it to 5-0 including a back and fort one-two combination up the whole pitch by Ali Mcgregor and Ian Oneil. But unfortunately, nothing came of it as the finish was off target. Despite continuing to create opportunities none prevailed and the final score ended Haslemere 5 the isle of wight 0. Despite being a very solid victory you can’t help but feel there were plenty of goals left on the table which is unfortunate but the win is a win.
MOM - Ali Mcgregor
DOD - Alex Willows
Next week the 2XI face Alton 2XI at Haslemere who are level on points at 16 going into this game. It will be important for Haslemere to not rest on their laurels and to prepare for a potentially tough opponent
vs Trojans 2s - 17 Nov 2018
Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 4
Match Result: Loss
Last Saturday saw the Men’s 2XI play an inform Trojans 2XI at Woolmer Hill. Haslemere knew they
would be in for a tough game after trojans had posted some strong results, the previous week a causal
16-1 win over the IOW. Aware they needed a robust performance a solid squad of 14 was ready to take
on the challenge. During the warm up however, Knight managed to pick up a back injury putting him out
for the game and the squad quickly reduced to 13.
In true 2XI level fashion Haslemere started slowly, making basic errors and putting themselves under
unnecessary pressure. This made things even more difficult by giving away two soft short corners which
Trojans took full advantage of, 10 minutes in Haslemere were 2 – 0 down.
Undeterred, Haslemere pushed on with some great work across the mid field moving the ball well and
creating some attacking opportunities on the break. This was to be short lived as Trojans managed to
create another short corner from nothing, and yet again they converted from the top. 3-0 down in the first
half wasn’t the start the 2XI had planned. A scrappy game had started to develop on both sides, and
Haslemere picked up another 2 injury’s in quick succession, Thomas pulling his Hamstring for the 6th
time this season, and Whitworths return to the 2XI was short lived when he took a ball to the neck, both
were off for the remainder of the game. 3-0 down with a bare 11 it was a long way back.
The second half continued to be as scrappy as the first with both sides becoming frustrated with the
consistent breakdowns of play. Haslemere managed to maintain slightly more discipline than Trojans,
who saw numerous players taking a rest after receiving Green and Yellow cards. The Mere were not
able to capitalise on this advantage and struggled to create any real opportunities, the best coming from
Chris Stokes who originally spectating was instructed/asked to play after the numerous injurys. Late into
the second half the Trojans centre forward found themselves unmarked in the D and launched an
unstoppable shot into the top right. 4-0, it wasn’t to be Haslemers day. The 2XI continued to battle on
and were reward with a string of short corners, the final coming on the full time whistle. After a well
worked routine, and a very bad tackle from one of the defender’s, Roberts was awarded a stoke. A great
save from the keeper finished off a bad day in the office for the men’s 2XI and a well-deserved win for
the away side.
Next week Haslemere travel to the IOW for an unusually early 11am push back and they hope to see as
many traveling fans there to support.
Team; Willshire, Stokes Jnr, Stokes Snr, Gee, Tite, Whitworth, Roberts, O’Neil, Moore, Major, Willows,
Proud, Thomas, Hams, Knight.
vs Trojans 2s - 13 Jan 2018
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
Saturday 13th January 2018 – Trojans 2 vs 2
A bottom of the table clash welcomed into 2018, with resources thin across the club the 2s handed several season debuts with Sam Moreno, Julian Amesbury & Pete Crook all being given the prestigious cap by skipper .
arrived in good spirits and a quick jog around the car park was all they needed to loosen the tight muscles after a lengthy Christmas break (even Ed Easton made the warm-up!).
The game began with giving plenty of possession to Trojans in their own half but pressing hard as soon as there was penetration into territory. Ben Powell made some excellent early saves to keep the game at 0-0, but the game was extremely well balanced. As the game progressed Stopher took control of the centre of the park and began to dominate the middle with Trojans players literally bouncing off him. An excellent attack down the left-hand side saw free in the D, who slipped the ball to Hams at the back post. The initial shot was saved by the keeper, but the ball ricocheted off the keeper leaving Hams with an open goal, however a strong stick tackle by the Trojans defender prevented the tap-in and were awarded a short corner when perhaps a P-Flick should have been awarded.
Trojans then began to dominate possession a bit more coming forward in waves of attack but without really threatening the makeshift back 3 of Easton, Gee and Amesbury (not an Accounting Firm before you ask). It was during one of these Trojans attack where took the lead as Pete Crook found himself 1v1 with the keeper after a long ball out from the back. He showed great composure and attacking prowess by slotting the ball through the legs.
HASLEMERE 1 – TROJANS 0
did not change their mind-set after going 1-0 up and kept up their industrious work with Sam Moreno showing fantastic legs up front & Marcus showing us the aggressive side of his game after a small ‘confrontation’. Half-time arrived with not much else to report.
Snacks provided were good from the most senior member of the side (Iain O’Neil in case you were wondering) and water levels were sufficient to keep the 12 elite athletes hydrated.
started the second half with fantastic intent and a break down the left by Julian Amesbury led to Pete Crook finding himself un-marked again in the D and a cool finish led to doubling their lead.
HASLEMERE 2 – TROJANS 0
Now being ahead in a game was quite foreign to this season but being 2 ahead whilst having a clean sheet was unheard of. Despite this kept their cool and every player on the pitch was working harder than ever to secure a desperately needed 3 points. There was still enough time left in the game for a few things to happen, 1) Trojans to score 3 quick goals, 2) Pete to get his hat-trick, 3) Hams to get a card. Thankfully it was the second eventuality that came to frutation, as a scrappy short corner came out to Pete who again slotted the ball past the floundering Trojans keeper.
HASLEMERE 3 – TROJANS 0
With 5 minutes to go Trojans finally decided to add a bit of urgency to their game and began to really attack the goal, however, Ben Powell stood firm and would not let anything get past him and into the back of the net. There was still time for a stand-out chance for Trojans and some more debatable umpiring. A short corner was struck firmly towards the back post and the ball was cleared off the line and off the back for a long corner. It looked suspiciously like the ball may have struck a foot on the way through but the umpires did not see anything and awarded a long corner despite the appeals of the Trojans players. This was one of the final plays of the game with holding out for all 3 points and a clean sheet to start the New Year. An excellent start to 2018 and with 2 important fixtures coming up it looks like may have finally found their mojo.
MOM – Pete Crook for his hat trick
DOD – Will Hams for spilling beer over Marcus
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