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Salisbury undone at the death
SOUTHAMPTON University grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to deny Salisbury Hockey Club’s men’s first team a second consecutive South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional League Division 2 victory.
A goal behind at half-time, Salisbury looked set to win on the back of second-half goals by Jon Powell and Matt Orchard, but the university made it 2-2 in the final play of the match, writes Mike Vimpany.
Nick Craze nipped the students in front during an opening period of decent hockey but precious few chances. With Ollie Budniak sin binned for a poor tackle, Salisbury began the second half with ten men – but they made light of their inferior numbers by dominating play and creating chances.
Jon Powell eventually equalised with a simple tap-in after an excellent Salisbury passing move.
And Salisbury moved into a 2-1 lead when a Dan Dines aerial pass found skipper Tom Morton in acres of space on the right wing – the captain playing a first time cross for Matt Orchard to sweep past the keeper.
Salisbury continued to create chances and could have killed off the game but the University were still pushing and nearly got a goal of their own, Morton having to save a drag flick off the line.
With only minutes to go Salisbury were looking comfortable but Adam Cope converted a drag flick penalty corner to rescue a point for the visitors.
“It wasn’t a bad result for Salisbury, but it certainly felt like two points dropped,” captain Morton reflected.
l Elsewhere, Salisbury Ladies converted three penalty corners to set up a comfortable 3-1 win over West Premier Division 1A rivals Swindon at Bemerton.
The city girls lie second in an embryonic league table.
Salisbury dominated the game for long periods, taking an early lead when teenager Jess Hirst converted a penalty corner strike by Kate Behan from the top of the D.
One-way traffic continued after the break, but Salisbury wasted several good chances to double their lead before Sarah Dunn lifted the ball over the Swindon goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Swindon clawed a goal back with five minutes left but, during the end-to-end finale, it was Kate Behan who settled affairs with another penalty corner strike.
- Salisbury fourths’ return trip to Romsey ended in misery as they went down 5-2 to the local club’s thirds on Saturday.
- Salisbury girls’ under 12s beat Andover 4-1 with goals coming from Amelia Stewart, Bea Martin, Maddie Lyles and Emily Morton.
- Meanwhile it wasn’t a good day at the office for Salisbury Boys Hawks under 12s on Sunday who suffered a crushing 7-0 defeat to Bournemouth.