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vs Lewes U18 - 13 Feb 2011

Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 0

Match Result: Draw

Match cancelled due to lack of players

vs Guildford - 07 Nov 2010

Home Score: 4 - Opposition Score: 2

Match Result: Win

Haslemere,still waiting for their first win in the Mercian League,began this match as though they meant business.The passing was quick,accurate and at pace that shook Guildford and it was no surprise when the home team went one up after a great run and finish from Tris.Haslemere then seem to take their foot of the gas,and with Guildford improving it was only down to several good,and a couple of brilliant,saves from Alex that preseved their lead.But slowly the team got its shape back and from a shortie Arthur rifled in the second goal,which was almost immediatly negated by Guildford scoring on the stroke of half time.
The second half saw great hockey from both sides and the outcome was still hard to call,but after a great move down the right Arthur was on hand to slot in the third goal,with a little help from the keeper.Soon after Tris scored his second with a cheeky lob over the keeper,and despite Guilford pulling a late goal back Haslemere held on for a deserved victory.
A great performance by every squad member,who all played their part and Tris whatever the 1s put in your drink the night before carry on.

Squad:Alex Aylward,Alex Willows,Jake Gidley,Andy Horton,Tris Conoley,Luca Signorelli,Elliot Hall,Ali Herson,Oscar Robertson,Sanjay Appan,Arthur Beaney,Rufus Roy

vs Southampton U18 - 15 Nov 2009

Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 6

Match Result: Loss

National Knock-Out Cup
Southampton 6 Haslemere 1
This was always going to be a very tough game against a side who are the holders of the National KO Cup – and who are little changed this year. Southampton were worthy winners of a high-level encounter that was only spoiled by umpiring that was, in this reporter’s eyes, inappropriate to the game being played.
After the stormy weather of the days before it was a delight to be playing in bright sunshine in front of considerable band of supporters from both sides. We started slowly, allowing Soton to settle into a rhythm and finding it difficult to string our own passes together. A fine save at a penalty flick by Alex Aylward was the highlight of this phase of the game, and this did seem to galvanise the outfield players to greater activity. Half time arrived with Haslemere trailing by 0 – 2. Mostly this was down to our former failing of not moving up more solidly into the tackle, spectating from 1 metre is not the thing to be doing in our own ‘D’.
The last minutes of the first half had belonged to us and had shown the Soton defence to be slow on the turn and ponderous in possession. With Elliott Hall having an outstanding game down the right flank and Joe Jackson in the centre demonstrating how much he has come on of late, we were able to take the game much more to the opposition early in the second half. Unfortunately Soton hit us on a quick break and as a result of some desperate tackles, converted the ensuing short corner to go 3 – 0 ahead. We were reduced to 9 men at this stage, the opposition were in full flight, and their drag flicker zeroed in. Despite more good saves from Alex A, goals now came at regular intervals, it is to the side’s credit that they maintained their discipline, kept putting good moves together and their reward did come with a well-taken goal by Tristan Conoley. Stand-in Captain Joe J was immense through the latter stages of the game, absolutely tireless, keeping up his own high skill level and being pivotal in all that happened through the midfield.
There were again good games from Will Ledger, Alex Dickenson and Luca Signorelli but we must develop more cohesion up front so that the defence is not under such constant pressure in these better games. The aim must be to keep possession for longer and be more patient in the build-up.
As a result of this game Alex A has been offered a County trial with Hampshire, my congratulations to him.
We have another tough game this weekend, keep working at the skills, team, and keep putting in this fantastic amount of effort.