06/05/19 : Boys Under 18 vs Bournemouth (Hants Cup)

Away - Woolmer Hill, Haslemere

Cup

Won 3 - 2

Fabulous cup win to seal double Hampshire cup and Hampshire league champions

For most of the squad this was their last junior game for Havant, so a huge occasion, the boys were confident.

We were to meet the team they've faced in the final for the last 5 years Bournemouth, with a couple of regulars injured , it allowed others to come into the squad and shine.

We started slowly , both teams wary of each other.

Then we stepped up a gear and started to get outcomes in the D.

From one of those Sam Horsman scored from an excellent drag flick.

The half time team talk was of simple passing hockey, don't run into flat sticks and keep posession .

The second half started brightly with sustained Havant pressure, we caused Bournemouth constant problems and kept posession well.

A fantastic passing move that started from defence down the right saw Johnny Pardey make an excellent run along the back line where he squared for Jamie Allen to score.

Bournemouth then pulled one back from a well executed penalty corner.

We responded immediately with another well worked goal finished off by Matt Cottrell.

Bournemouth piled on the pressure and with 1 minute to go they scored to make it 3-2

But Havant defended resolutely and came away 3-2 winners.

What a great way to seal a victory for a team that has been together for 5 years and built to 4 EH National Final appearances, 3 cup wins and 5 league titles.

Craig and I are very proud of these lads, they have gelled fantastically and are deserved winners of the double

Goalkeeper Louis Elston made several excellent saves against a very dangerous Bournemouth side.

The defence of George Whelan, Finn Carvalho, Tom Stevens, James Hudson and Connor Lasrado foiled the Bournemouth attacks and were strong going forward.

The midfield of Tom Croft-Baker, Matt Cottrell, Morgan Sturt, Cameron Clarke and Luke Tunstall held posession and created lots of chances for our forwards.

The forwards Sam Horsman, Freddie Hares, Johnny Pardey, Jamie Allen and Sam Clarke caused the Bournemouth defence constant problems and chipped in with vital goals.

We also need to mention the squad players that didn't make the final 16 but played their part in getting to the final, Tristram Randall, Nick Gadd, and Oli Keynes, we also were missing 2 of our regulars Rhydian Walsh and Nick Walters who both have injuries, hope they're better soon.

To all the boys leaving for university or to careers in the services we wish you well and are very proud of you, you will have tremendous hockey careers and hope to see you back with the green army at some point.

To the boys staying, you have big boots to fill, but we know you will do well next season.

One last point to mention, more Havant boys success for Louis Elston, Tom Stevens, Freddie Hares and Matt Cooper won the AOC national colleges championship in Beeston as part of a Godalming college team. This is only the second year that Godalming college has had a hockey team and it's even more impressive as they don't have a pitch yet.

Craig Stevens 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals

Matthew Cottrell 1
Jamie Allen 1
Samuel Horsman 1

Player of the Match

Matthew Cottrell