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Salisbury's hockey teams return from month's rest
SALISBURY men are back in South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 action today after a four-week winter break, writes Mike Vimpany.
They entertain Camberley & Farnborough at Bemerton (1pm) – and it’s a match they’ve got to win, according to skipper Tom Morton.
“We’re second from bottom and in one of the relegation places, so every match is crucial from now on, beginning on Saturday,” he said.
Salisbury beat the newly promoted Surrey county border side 6-2 on the opening day of the season – and it’s a result they need to repeat.
“Before Christmas we enjoyed two six-goal wins and then lost 3-2 to City of Portsmouth, a defeat which undid a lot of the previous good work.
“We need commitment from the players now – a few positive results and we can haul ourselves out of the mess we’ve got ourselves in,” Morton added.
“With everyone playing, we can match most of the sides in this division, so we need a positive response from everyone, at both training and on Saturday afternoons.”
At the other end of the spectrum, Salisbury ladies’ first team look to cement their position at the top of West of England Women’s League Premier Division 2A when they host third-placed Bretforton today (11.30am).
Kate Behan’s city side will want revenge as the Evesham-based Bretforton are the only side to beat them this season.
“They were full of energy having just gained promotion and it was our first game of the season,” said Salisbury skipper Behan, reflecting on Salisbury’s 4-3 opening day defeat.
“Since then, it’s been onwards and upwards for Salisbury, who go into the second half of the season with light between themselves and their chasers.
“Eight straight wins have put us seven points clear of City of Bath, so we’re in an excellent position,” Behan continued.
“We need to push on from here. A win over Bretforton, who are third, will be a perfect way to start the New Year.”
- Full report from both clubs’ games in next Thursday’s Journal.