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Salisbury teams hit out six times for different reasons
SALISBURY’S men’s and women’s teams hit their opposition for six in the penultimate round of hockey matches.
The men gave their South League Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 survival prospects a boost with a 6-2 win over relegated Haslemere.
The ladies, already crowned champions, beat relegationthreatened Hereford 6-2 after Irish goal queen Kerry McCollum notched up a hattrick.
With one match remaining – at Team Bath on Saturday - they are a whopping 17 points clear at the top of the West League Premier Division 2A.
Missing half of their title winning side didn’t affect matters as Jenna Plank and Clover Crosse, brought up from the second team, both worked tirelessly in midfield and were rewarded for their efforts with a fine goal apiece, before McCollum completed her hat-trick with a fine solo effort.
Jenna Whittle finished the rout after a well worked short corner.
Rob Selbie’s men edged one point above Old Kingstonian in the relegation zone but, with OKs facing Haslemere in their final match, they will realistically have to earn some tangible reward from their final day visit to the Bank of England.
“Everything we did came off and some great, simple onetouch passing ripped Haslemere apart,” enthused chairman Selbie, whose team hit a six goal blast in the first half which gives them hope of avoiding the drop.
Rory McTaggart, proudly sporting the captain’s armband, led the way with a hattrick, two drag-flick short corners and a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net.
Ollie Budinak topped off a typical five-man team move for a fourth, then followed an even sweeter moment – six players involved in a crisp passing which culminated in a fifth for Hugo Lyons.
A Damian Paterson screamer from the righthand side of the D put the icing on the cake of arguably Salisbury’s best 35 minutes of the season.
H a s l e m e r e clawed back two second half goals from short corners, but Salisbury weren’t to be denied a six-star performance.