HOCKEY Yateley 0, IW 5
IW TURNED on the style to defeat Yateley away from home last weekend.
After taking the lead in the opening few seconds through Tom Young, James Liddiard scored almost immediately afterwards, following good set-up work from Lewis Heaven-Gandy.
In the second half, they extended their lead with a goal for Tom Gould, before a good short corner routine between Allen, Young and Heaven-Gandy ended in the latter burying the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
The IW then started to play some lovely two-touch hockey, moving the ball around swiftly which was rewarded with their final goal, again scored by Gould who nonchalantly slotted the ball home.
IW: Spear, Allen, Stubbings, Butt, Butler, Peatsfield, Heaven-Gandy, Simmons, Woodford, Young, Gould, Liddiard.
Trojans Troopers 9, IW Vets 1
IW Vets were at the wrong end of a drubbing against Trojans Vets in Southampton on Saturday.
Although the Island battled against a side fielding many top players from the Trojans club’s heyday, they struggled to impose themselves on a team executing quality first class hockey.
Their only goal of the game came from the injured Richard Christensen sublimely lobbed the Trojans’ goalkeeper, himself a former IW player from the early 1970s, having been found with an astute pass from Nye Richards.
Island goalkeeper Geoff Butt pulled off a number of fine saves while Colin Finney and Jim Moreton, the latter making his first IW league appearance for a number of years, worked hard in midfield.
IW: Butt; Christensen, Dickinson, Dean, Selby, Pearson, Moreton, Finney, Metcalfe, Richards.
IW II 1, Gillingham III 1
The spoils were shared between a young IW side and Gillingham III.
IW started lively with chances from Lloyd, Hepburn, Joyce and Curtus and it was the hosts who took the lead when a lovely move was finished by Jack Curtus, on his debut.
Gillingham equalised in the second half when a ball hit from their own D appeared to bounce over a line of Island sticks, finding its way to their forward who slotted the ball in.
IW continued the apply pressure but the game ended in a draw. IW put in an excellent performance, with outstanding debut performances from Curtus, Sam and Tobi Challis. Man of the match was Peter Hepburn.
IW: Brown, S. Challis, Bishop, Lynas, Reynolds, Hepburn, Bartlett, Joyce, T. Challis, Curtus, Lloyd.