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Salisbury rock league's newboys
SALISBURY rocked newly promoted Camberley & Farnborough with three goals in the opening 15 minutes – a spell which set up an eventual 6-2 South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional League Division 2 victory, writes MIKE VIMPANY.
“Camberley had won successive championships in the Surrey League in the previous two seasons, so this was a great start for us,” beamed Salisbury skipper Tom Morton.
“They enjoyed a lot of territorial play in the initial stages, but we were deadly on the counter attack.”
Rory McTaggart opened Salisbury’s account from a penalty corner drag flick, but suffered a nasty gash in his leg in the process and had to be taken to hospital.
Salisbury made light of the setback, with James Hayward upping his work rate and, alongside man of the match, Ollie Budniak, adding to the visitors’ lead.
Camberley scored twice to cut the deficit to 3-2.
But in the second half Jon Powell marked his Salisbury return with his side’s fourth goal and, after a Camberley defender had put through his own net, added a sixth to round off a 6-2 victory.
Skipper Morton conceded, however, that the scoreline did not reflect the game overall.
“Camberley are a solid and well drilled side that will do well in this league. I would be surprised if they went back down,” he said.
“But we played some quality hockey and were absolutely ruthless in front of goal.”
Salisbury host Southampton University at Bemerton on Saturday (2.30), the students beating City of Portsmouth in their opener.
l Salisbury Ladies got their first points of the season on the board – without lifting a stick.
Scheduled West League Premier Division A rivals Gloucester City were unable to raise a side and, under league rules, conceded a 5-0 defeat.
Elsewhere, Salisbury’s ladies’ fifth team were on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Salisbury’s fourths at the weekend.
l Salisbury fourths were condemned to a 3-1 home defeat to Portsmouth Sharks.
Salisbury were under the cosh early on and despite going behind they levelled through youngster Milo Brown.
But things went sour in the second half as Portsmouth struck twice to seal the points.
l In Junior hockey Salisbury under 16s boys smashed Winchester 4-0, with Jonny Bishop getting a brace, Freddy Bond and Jacomb Hansford also getting on the score sheet.
Salisbury Hawks under 12s beat Hamble 2-1 with goals from Josh Butts and Charlie Hartwell.
Salisbury under 16s also felt the winning rush as they completed a 5-1 demolition over Andover.