Cornell dismissed as controversial decision rocks Eastbourne

Eastbourne Men’s 1s 3

Old Georgians Men’s 1s 4

Eastbourne Hockey Club were left disheartened after a disappointing 4-3 defeat to Old Georgians this weekend.

The home side conceded a goal in the opening minute but bounced back to take a 2-1 lead thanks to Jeremy Sumner and Andy Edwards.

However, a controversial umpire decision saw Old Georgians equalise deep into first half injury time, and Eastbourne captain Rob Cornell was dismissed for protesting the decision.

From there, Eastbourne were always playing catch-up as Old Georgians took the lead 3-2.

They managed to draw the score level with six minutes to go thanks to James Van Der Reisen, but the visitors dealt a killer blow when they scored the winning goal in the dying stages.

Manager David Adelston said, “We played really well and it was disappointing to the lose the game right at the end.”

With teams around them all picking up points, this weekend’s clash with Staines is a must-win for second-from-bottom Eastbourne.

“We’re capable of winning our remaining matches, it’s just about belief and application.

“It’ll be a tough game on Saturday but we are playing better. It’s just a matter of whether we can do enough.”

Eastbourne Men’s 2s enjoyed a great game with Hailsham Men’s 1s, resulting in a pleasing 5-4 victory.

They play Horsham Men’s 2s this weekend.

The Ladies’ 1s weren’t in action last weekend but travel to Basingstoke Ladies’ 1XI this Saturday.

Hailsham Men’s 1sts 4

Eastbourne Men’s 2nds 5

Hailsham suffered their third successive defeat by a single-goal margin on Saturday.

They were up against a very strong Eastbourne side which took the lead just 10 minutes in before Hailsham had got into their stride.

Hailsham reacted well, though, with a change of system resulting in them winning numerous short corners. With some terrific runs from man of the match George Cyster, it wasn’t long before skipper Daniel Ivemy hit the backboard.

Eastbourne immediately came back with a couple of fast breaks and two more goals gave them a 3-1 lead at half time the South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One derby.

Hailsham played a much better second half, with more constructive hockey than the first and soon reduced the deficit through a well-worked goal from Tris Pengilley.

Eastbourne struck back twice more to take a 5-2 advantage before Hailsham’s short corner routines started to pay off and two goals in the final 10 minutes for Cyster reduced the deficit.

Ladies stay top

Chichester Centurions 2

Hailsham Ladies’ 1sts 5

Hailsham Ladies maintained top spot in Sussex Ladies League Division One with a solid 5-2 victory away to second-bottom Chichester.

Despite Chi scoring two good goals to keep the pressure on Hailsham, the result was not in doubt as the team once again put in a workmanlike performance.

Goals from Sarah Haird and Emma Allen were topped off with another hat-trick for Sue Cable. Second-placed Burgess Hill won so the title is still in the balance. Hill remain eight points behind with three games in hand.

Hailsham Ladies’ 2nds 0

Lewes Ladies’ 4ths 2

The title hopes of Hailsham Ladies’ seconds are over after losing at home to the newly-crowned champions.

A goal in each half was enough to decide this top-of-the-table Sussex Ladies League Division Three contest, the second coming a few minutes from time.

Hailsham need a win away to fourth-placed Middleton & Bognor - who themselves still have a chance of finishing runners-up - in their final league game on Saturday to make sure of finishing second.

Hailsham Millers 0

Brighton Flippers 1

Brighton managed a solitary goal against Hailsham to take the points in a well-contested Sussex Boys Development League match.

With another good performance from the midfield line-up of Harry and Max Wootten, Cameron Patton and Kieran Gurr, Hailsham were able to create numerous chances for the forward line but could not capitalise in the D.

Will Kirkham and both Woottens forced good saves from the Brighton goalkeeper, while Hailsham stopper Paddy Smith made some excellent saves of his own to keep the deficit to one goal.