This coming weekend sees Salisbury Hockey’s men’s first XI continue their campaign for promotion, following a run of decisive wins across South Central. 

Last Saturday further cemented their position at the top of the table, winning 3-1 against Romsey in front of a cheering home crowd.

It was Salisbury who came out of the gate well, attacking strongly in the first 10 minutes.

This early dominance was soon challenged, however, as Romsey found their stride and began to get into the game.

What followed was relentless end-to-end play, until at the 30th minute Salisbury got their break, finishing off a successful counter attack with a clever finish by Oliver Scott at the back post for a well-earned goal to go up 1-0.

The score held until half time. As the second half got away again, Salisbury’s patience proved vital as chances slowly kept forming, until the 45th minute when a less-than-conventional penalty corner routine secured goal number two, thanks to some reverse-stick flare from Kynon Griffith-McCann.

It wasn’t long until Oliver Scott again took the score line to 3-0 up, pouncing on the ball in the ‘D’ and taking it over the line.

With five minutes to go, Romsey clawed one back but Salisbury strongly finished the game on top with a 3-1 final score line.

With four games remaining of the season, for guaranteed promotion all Salisbury need now do is secure a win this Saturday, March 9, at their home ground (Salisbury and South Wilts Sportsclub).

It’s going to be a tough fight, as they take on second in the table Fareham.  All members and non-members are welcome to come down to the side lines to support and cheer on the home side – the match begins 2.30pm. 

Games run all day from 10am on Saturday, with the bar open to all in the clubhouse: Ladies fifth XI 10am, Ladies third XI 11:30, Ladies second XI 13:00, Men’s first XI 2.30pm and the Men’s Strollers 4pm.