This is the HHC Mens 2nd XI Squad.
Captain: Jamie Cashman
Manager: Jamie Cashman
League: Hampshire Area - Division 1
Current Position: 9
Total Goals: 1453
Total Cards: 187
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
Mens 2s in the Hampshire Open League Cup Final
The Mens 2s who beat Bournemouth 2s 4-2 in the Semi Finals will now play Havant 2s in the Open League Cup Final on Monday 5th May at Bournemouth Hockey Club - 4pm push back.
It should be a great match so if you fancy heading down to Bournemouth to cheer on the guys, I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated. Simon
vs Salisbury - 04 Nov 2017
Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 3
Match Result: Loss
Salisbury 1s vs Haslemere 2s - Saturday 04 th November 2017
Haslemere had the long away trip to Salisbury to kick-off November’s fixtures & were looking tobreak their 5 game losing streak. The day did not get off to the best of starts with the original squadof 13 depleted to a bare 11 before the squad met at Salisbury. After a brief chat Ali Mac and JamieCashman constructed a somewhat attacking formation to make up for the lack of defensive mindedplayers. A switch to 3 at the back was agreed and Cashy proceeded to dish out roles andresponsibilities to the troops, and a brief but intense warm-up was completed.
Haslemere started the game with some free-flowing attacking hockey with several penetrations intothe D early on. Salisbury were shell-shocked at how well the Mere came out the blocks consideringthere were no back-ups on the bench. Despite the attacking intent, Haslemere struggled to stringthe final few passes together and were not able to work the Salisbury keeper despite dominatingpossession and play.
The game was very evenly poised, Ali Mac doing a fantastic job at organising the defence line. StuFry chucking some frankly beautiful aerials forward for Hugo to run onto & Iain O’Neil having a solidgame in the middle. As Haslemere pushed forward, possession was lost in the midfield and Salisburybroke quickly down the left hand side, Alex Stote was done for pace and a pass into the D wasdeflected past Haslemere’s young keeper and into the back of net.
Salisbury 1 – Haslemere 0
Heads dropped slightly after this but Haslemere dug deep and pushed out of defence with authority,maintaining possession with Cameron Moore & Ed Easton seeing more of the ball. The first card ofthe day came when Will Hams was harshly awarded a green card and a 2-minute sit down next tothe umpire assessor was ordered (the assessor didn’t know why the card was given either). The playcontinued in very much the same light, with Haslemere putting in a huge shift to shut Salisbury’sattack down, and to keep running at a fairly weak opposition defence. Half time came with the scoreevenly poised at 1-0.
Jonjo provided some excellent treats as match manager with wine gums and wine pastilles goingdown an absolute treat. Cashy rallied the troops and Iain provided some words of wisdom, theconsensus was to keep doing what we are doing and the chances will come as Salisbury leg’s tire andgaps open up.
Salisbury came at Haslemere hard in the first few minutes of the 2 nd half and an aggressivepenetration down the right hand side of the pitch led to the Salisbury right back dribbling the ball offthe sideline. Despite being less than a metre away from the incident, the umpire failed to see thisdespite screams of anguish from Hams and Fry and the ball ended up going off the baseline for aSalisbury long corner. From the long corner, the ball was slapped forcefully into the D, a lateral runfrom a young Salisbury forward caught the Haslemere defence napping, and the ball was deflectedcleverly into the back of net via the post.
Salisbury 2 – Haslemere 0
It’s fair to say this was a less than ideal start to the second half, but Haslemere did not give up. EdEaston was making some excellent runs down the right hand side of the pitch with Hugo findingspace and exposing weakness down the left. Haslemere continued to press and were rewarded withshort corner after short corner. The shout of ‘Chi Uni’ was somewhat inspired by the skipper, astrong and accurate push out to Ali Mac was slipped left to Hugo who finished with confidence &composure. This commenced wild celebrations, hugging and bum slapping as Haslemere were backin the game and only 1 goal from their first point of the season in what was proving to be an epicbattle.
Salisbury 2 – Haslemere 1 (H. Chandler)
With about 15 minutes to play, Haslemere pressed forward with Cameron Moore finding some nicegaps in his role at the top of the diamond and Hugo’s persistence down the left hand side provingsomewhat fruitful. Haslemere did have the ball in the back of net again (via Hugo) but the umpiredeemed the goal illegal (we are still unsure why) and play resumed with Salisbury having a free hit.
The onslaught continued & Haslemere pressed and pressed, winning short corner after short corner,unfortunately failing to convert any of them. Jonjo was so keen to get on the score sheet, he brokeearly and was quickly sent up to the half way line.
With the game delicately poised, Hugo found himself 1v1 with the keeper and an audacious attemptto flick the ball over the keeper was well saved. The game was now end to end with Haslemerecommitting several men forward & the lack of subs now taking its toll. The heroic Haslemeredefence kept out these attacks, and with 2 minutes to go Ali Mac found himself in an attackingposition. He spotted a potential 2v1 down the right hand with Alex Stote and Ed Easton creatingsome clever space, and proceeded to fire the ball in their general direction. This was intercepted bySalisbury & a quick counter attack left the Mere exposed at the back and the unmarked Salisburystriker finished the move to make it 3-1 Salisbury with less than 2 minutes to go.
Salisbury 3 – Haslemere 1
The final whistle below and a defeated and deflated Haslemere side sunk to their knees with anguishon the faces of the valiant warriors. The team came together for a tight knit huddle to patch up theirwounds & discuss the game. Upon reflection there are a lot of positives to take from the game,Haslemere stuck together despite being 2-0 and kept at their game plan. The attacking intent fromHugo, Jonjo and Cashy was there to be seen for all. The heroic defence led by Ali Mac wasexceptional & the team attitude was something to be commended. If performances continue in themanner of the last few weeks, then the results will come. Keep at it boys
vs Yateley - 28 Oct 2017
Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 4
Match Result: Loss
Saturday 28th November Haslemere 2XI vs Yately 1XI
The word ‘rut’ is defined in the oxford dictionary as, ‘a long deep track made by repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles’ or ‘the habit or pattern of behaviour that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change’. Also defined by the urban dictionary as ‘an uncomfortable situation or place, of which there is no easy way out’.
No points on the board and a few opportunities wasted come the fourth weekend of the 2017-18 season saw Haslemere m2XI at the bottom of a trench with some unproductive habits and no easy way out. With the men dug in for the long hall, a telegram was received to add to the woe….This weekend they were to do without the captain Millsom again who had be transferred to the m1XI.
Amongst the depths and the damp there was however a fierce determination. A bitter defeat the week previous had come at the back end of a good performance. Cashman’s leadership was proving a hit and Ed Easton had remained in sight (not wandering off into no man’s land). The home fixture against Yately was going to be fiercely contested.
After Barney and Bamber had strapped up loose bones and muscles and George had located which team to play for the men in blue scrambled up the side of the trench to face Yately. A good warm up perfectly timed by captain Cash resulted in an alert side come the first whistle.
Haslemere were all over the away side, good hockey up until the final third saw pressure constantly applied, facilitated by Olly Bamber and Ali Mac swinging the ball from side to side. The shortfall was much like previous games, the home team could not however land a killer blow.
Getting into the final third saw the m2XI panic, losing the ball or making a bad decision. Yately, an old and wise team did not let this slip. Capitalising on the lack of composure they made a rare foray into enemy lines and found themselves winning a penalty flick. The ball striking Gregory who would not have been able to get out the way even if he had been paying attention.
Haslemere 0 – Yately – 1
Yately sensing a drop in moral took the opportunity to apply some pressure of their own. A stoic defence orchestrated by a resilient Green managing to hold out. Moments of good play threatened to allow Haslemere to break. Unfortunately Stotey could not match his defensive ability with attacking speed. Steam rollers tarmacking the M25 at 4 in the morning move quicker than the uni boy.
Holding out to half time the group holed down in the goal mouth to discuss the first thirty five minutes. The introduction of jelly tots added slight confusion…. How many was acceptable to take…. How many provide the energy required?
Moving through the briefing it was clear what was needed. The team made their preparations and charged back over the top for the second half.
The action from here could only be described as frantic. From a distance it would have been unclear who had the upper hand. George as right back made solid runs forward only to find himself defending a short corner moments later. Cameron Moore flopping the ball around with his characteristic swagger made up yards and Ed Easton and Zac linking up was miles away from their previous squabbles. The lack of ruthlessness again came up to haunt the home side. In tune with the unpredictable nature of the game Yately struck again. A strong reverse stick shot found Ben Powell left with no chance.
Haslemere 0 – Yately 2
The game was not over, hope was still alive and the artillery was `unused. With the horses puffing, tired from wheeling out Stu Fry, the bombardment started. Huge aerials reigning down on the Yately defence pinned them back in their own half. After a short period of assault Haslemere found themselves with a short corner after some composed skill in the D by Thomas.
The ball was dragged out to the top and Haselmere’s second heavy weapon was unleashed. A drag flick from captain Cash that would have had cold hearted killers weeping at its beauty drew back a goal for the home side.
Haslemere 1 – Yately 2
More good work from the men in blue followed, Charlie Gregs made solid tackles and Barney Green managed to stay on the pitch. A powerful clip pass from Mac found Tristem at the top of the D. Leaving and opposition defender for dead he expertly whipped it into the netting past a helpless keeper. Fortunately for the m2XI no scouts from the m1XI were around to spot it.
Haslemere 2 – Yately 2
Then the mood started to sour. Hugo found himself on the receiving end of a Green card and the reduced numbers tired the team. The superior numbers allowed Yately to flank the weakened side. A succession of short corners resulted in an unusual decision. Benefit of the doubt was awarded to the attacking side in the form of a penalty flick… The penalty was converted.
Haslemere 2 – Yately 3
The home side were crushed, in a season full of good performances and poor results this could be likened to chemical warfare. Not even luck was on the side of the down trodden side. With the wind blown out of the sales and the weather starting to turn the game ended. With heads low and Yately registering how unfortunate the home side were Charlie Gregs and Cashman stepped up. Positive contributions from both went someway to restoring the pre-game determination. This was furthered by a good attendance in the club house to witness the corporal punishment of Charlie Millsom.
It is no leap to suggest that with a few small tweaks, the Haslemere mens 2XI could transform this unsuccessful rut into a winning groove.
MOM – Ali Mac
DOD – Cashman
vs Southampton University - 07 Oct 2017
Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 3
Match Result: Loss
Saturday 7th October 2017 Haslemere 2XI vs Southampton University 1XI
After a bitter defeat on the opening day of the season the Haslemere 2XI woke on the first day of October aware that a difficult fixture lay ahead. In the previous week the team had trained hard and located Ed Easton. They knew however that both of these factors would need to accompany a very strong performance if they were to overcome a previously strong Southampton side.
With the usual preparations concluded the squad started the trip to the south coast without Ben Ducheshsnehsehse, luckily Ali who was running late swooped in to rescue the lost pup. Making their way down the team passed wonderful views off the A3 and the elephant’s graveyard (Portsmouth) before eventually alighting in Southampton.
Congregating in the changing room there were yet more new faces. Marcus, towering above Ian looked strong and confident, Ben Powel looked set to continue the form of his life and Hugo… looked vacant.
Once the standard battering from the captain had finished the boys took themselves to the pitch to begin the pre match routine. The warm up consisting of short passes and shooting conducted at the regulatory 75% did well to loosen the muscles and set up the team. Winning the toss, the fiery haired captain of Haslemere chose to push back.
Straight from the off the game was faced paced. Both teams looking like they could break through. With some extra rigidity created by Tommy Gee at the back (due to ability not his seizing bones), the away side looked stronger. Trickery from Duechehehshehs and great stick blocks from Ian in the middle resulted in large amounts of play around the Southampton goal. A few short corners nearly broke the deadlock for the away side before Southampton returned the pressure. Ramping up their tempo the boys in red slowly started to find a way back through. After some scrappy play round the Haslemere goal the ball did eventually make its way past Ben Powel who once again had made brilliant saves up until the point.
Southampton Uni – 1 Haslemere – 0
Seemingly fired up Ed Easton proceeded to attack, stick, ball, turf, shin… he did not discriminate as he waved his stick around in one hand, unfortunately the selfless heroism was not appreciated by the umpire and a stiff warning was issued. The rest of the second half slumped into a carbon copy of the previous week, the away side were visibly better than their last outing but could not quite find the click. This was capitulated when club captain Ali launched a ball into the unsuspecting knee of the youngster and star Cameron Moor. With a vital player side lined Haslemeres odds of a comeback declined. As if to demonstrate this the home side flopped in another goal shortly before the break.
Southampton Uni – 2 Haslemere – 0
The team talk was largely positive despite the score line with Cashman making his voice heard over the murderous sounds of jelly baby consumption. The late arrival of Percy Pigs also threatened to de rail the serious nature of the chat but eventually the key information was relayed. ‘High elbow, transfer, don’t drive into contact, isolate, pass for the sake of passing, head up, composure, patience, find a foot and upgrade were just some of the innovative ideas thrown around.
Starting the second half Haslemere struggled, the young uni side ramping up the intensity once again forced the 2XI to play more defensively. Strong runs from a slippery eel on the opposition side and eventually a slick reverse stick finish into the corner left the visiting side another goal down.
Southampton Uni – 3 Haslemere – 0
As heads were starting to drop Hugo came alive, darting around the edge of the opposition D. A strong ball slapped towards goal saw his tireless prodding rewarded as the ball fell kindly to him at the far post, he dutifully thwarted the ball into the side netting.
Southampton Uni – 3 Haslmere – 1
The late goal for Haslemere proved only a consolation as they failed to make anything more stick. A final bit of theatre from Cashman did much to raise the spirits of the 2XI when he fell to floor creating a sound similar to a pork chop slapping the butchers counter.
With the game ended, Haslemere had two of the harder games of the season under their belt. Although both has resulted in losses the improvement was evident. The growing strength of the team boding well for
the remainder of the season. To add to days positives, Toby Judas Miller an ex Haslemere player had been as ineffective as most of North Koreas test missiles.
All but captain ginger mop returned to Haslemere for a few beers and superb display of Hockey from the 1XI, the day coming to a close with a largely positive feeling.
MOM – Ben Powell
DOD – Ben Duchhshshchheshehshhshehsne
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