Hockey: Basser fires in a hat-trick
Men s Hockey Division Three NW Spalding 2nds 1, St Ives I 5 SAINTS continued their impressive run of form in the league with a dominating performance and valuable win over Spalding. Fluency was the name of the game from the start for St Ives as they forc
Division Three NW
Spalding 2nds 1, St Ives I 5
SAINTS continued their impressive run of form in the league with a dominating performance and valuable win over Spalding.
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Fluency was the name of the game from the start for St Ives as they forced a number of short corners early on.
Ian Basser gave Saints the lead, but Spalding managed to pull one back to leave the score level on 1-1 at half time.
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Joe Brennan restored Saints' lead straight after the break as the visitors broke into a good passage of passing play.
St Ives' new faces fitted well into the team, helping Basser to his hat-trick with a further two goals.
The game was already wrapped-up when Brennan scored his second with a skilfull flick to cap a good performance.
St Ives Girls U15s 2, Pelicans HC 1
ST IVES progressed to the last 16 of the National Plate Competition with a hard-fought win over Pelicans.
Pelicans started the better of the two teams but strong St Ives defence kept the score-sheet blank.
St Ives then began to play some good hockey, causing the away defence problems with some strong passing and running in midfield from Thea Rogerson and Katherine MacKay.
Despite their dominance, St Ives couldn't find the net until Molly Gardener slotted home a goal late in the first half.
Pelicans came out hard in the second half but despite good territory they could not break down a solid home defence.
St Ives were restricted to break-away attacking for much of the half but they managed to win a short corner from which Gardener scored her second.
The visitors continued to pressure the home goal but some good defence and a notable goal-keeping performance from Hannah Wallace kept them out for most of the half.
A Pelican goal from a short corner three minutes from time made for a nail-biting climax to the game, but St Ives held their nerve to scrape their way through to the next round.