IW 5, Gosport II 0 (walk over) Trojans VI 3, IW II 8
HISTORY repeated itself for the IW Hockey Club as both men’s teams confirmed promotion on the same weekend — just like last season.
The difference this time was that the first team did it without hitting a ball, while the second team fought out an exciting 11-goal thriller.
The first team only needed one win from their remaining five games to secure promotion to Hampshire IV, but got what they needed when Gosport II could not field a team.
The league awarded the team a 5-0 walk over, confirming promotion with four games to go. Four points from those four games will secure the league title.
Meanwhile a second successive promotion for IW II when they defeated a resilient Trojans.
The Hampshire IX Championship was also all but secured, barring a mathematical miracle, following second-placed Fareham’s home defeat to Bournemouth.
Trojans were set up to give the Island a tough test and stunned the visitors with an early goal following a quick breakaway.
IW II fought back almost immediately and equalised through Stephen Woodford, before Tom Young put them ahead, following good work on the right involving John Pearson and James Wheeler. Trojans showed they were in no mood to capitulate and equalised, but again IW came back strong and were rewarded when Woodford reacted smartly to a loose ball in the D to put the away side ahead.
Three became four when Carl Joyce, under considerable pressure, executed a sublime flick over the keeper to give IW a two-goal cushion at half time.
With the contest far from won, IW started the second half in positive mood and took control, scoring a steady stream of goals.
Woodford added four more strikes, bringing his individual tally to five.
Following the IW’s seventh, Trojans did pull a goal back to make the score 7-3, and a period of pressure from the home side brought the best out of IW goalkeeper Sam Brown, who made a series of excellent saves.
The win was completed though, when the hard-working Barry Lloyd converted another fine move to score the eighth.