Title is a point away

By Clare Newman

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

HOCKEY

IW 6, Southampton University 0

IW TRAVELLED to bottom side Southampton knowing a win would put them in an ideal position to take the Hampshire 4 league title this weekend.

The students started brightly, however, and carved out a handful of good opportunities early on but the Island’s defence and keeper Tom Butt managed to prevent any shots on goal. The Islanders went ahead through a superb Colin Simmonds strike at the top of the D.

A much-needed half-time team talk was enough to make the Island come out and play the hockey they’ve played all season in the second half, and it wasn’t long before they were 2-0 up.

Leading goalscorer Tom Young latched on to a perfectly weighted pass from Barry Lloyd, which cut straight through the defence. Before long, IW doubled their lead, first through Young again before skipper Stuart Allen blasted home from a short corner.

Some more nice play from Southampton Uni saw the Island under pressure at times, but the impressive IW back line held firm. James Liddiard was then perfectly placed to sweep a nice deflection into the roof of the net to make it 5-0, and Young completed the rout, and his hat-trick. His tally in all competitions this season is now at 40.

With promotion already secured, the Island head into tomorrow’s (Saturday) final league match at second-placed Winchester, knowing a draw will secure the title.

IW: T. Butt, P. Butt, Stubbings, Butler, Allen, Gould, Simmonds, Wood, Lloyd, Young, Liddiard.

IW II 1, Blandford II 2

Despite a more spirited and improved performance, IW were left empty-handed again, this time against league leaders Blandford.

The game did not reflect the positions of both sides, at either end of the Hampshire 8 table, the first half even and competitive.

The opening goal went to Blandford just a few seconds before the break, following a short corner.

In the second half, IW continued to work hard and equalised early on when Carl Joyce slotted home after good work down the right wing.

IW were decidedly on the front foot during this period and looked the most likely of the two sides to score next. Unfortunately, as has happened on a number of occasions this season, they gifted their opponents a second goal when a mis-placed pass across the IW’s 25 yard area went straight to a Blandford player who made no mistake.

Although IW pushed hard for an equaliser it never came.

IW II: Brown, Lynas, Dean, Bartlett, Pearson, Joyce, Fountaine, Donald, Penn-Grice, Richards, Speer. Sub: Innard

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