Eastbourne Ladies hit Hailsham for six

Eastbourne v Hailsham
Eastbourne v Hailsham
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Hailsham ladies were knocked out of the Sussex Cup after suffering a 6-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Eastbourne.

With Eastbourne currently lying second in the league division above Hailsham, the home team had realistic expectations of the game, and found themselves a goal down within the first minute.

Eastbourne scored another three goals before the half-time whistle, but Hailsham were performing well under pressure, creating attacking opportunities for their forward line which were unfortunately repelled by a tight Eastbourne defence.

Spurred on by their half-time talk, Hailsham continued fighting, with forwards Sue Cable and Susie Smith again causing problems for Eastbourne defenders, but with no goals forthcoming.

The defence of Toni Bray, Ali Headey and Jackie Baxter were kept busy closing down the Eastbourne forwards, with keeper Julie Abson producing some of her best hockey of the season.

Eastbourne eventually scored two goals in quick succession in the final 3 minutes bringing the final tally to 6-0

Elsewhere, Hailsham 2s clocked up their second victory of the season, a 5-1 victory away at Crawley. The first-half started well with Hailsham’s first attack leading to a penalty corner from which Hailsham scored their first goal, a drag flick from skipper George Cyster.

With more attacking play, Hailsham won three more penalty corners, with goals scored from each: Mark Lambert with a crisp strike into the corner from the penalty spot; Lee Humber with an immaculately placed shot from the top of the ‘D’; and another drag flick from George Cyster.

Going into the second-half, Crawley started to apply pressure on Hailsham, penetrating the Hailsham defence and testing keeper Will Parsons.

Eventually their efforts paid off and the home team drew one goal back, but the visitors responded well with expert passing between Alex smith, Toby Baker and Stuart Baldwin leading to a break-away goal for Dan Channing.

The 5-1 result lifts the team to fifth in Sussex Division 1, with only goal difference separating them from two teams below. Hailsham and Crowborough Mixed teams met for the first time in two years on Sunday, both teams satisfied with a 1-1 draw after spending much of the second half being drenched by torrential downpours, Katherine Moore getting the home team goal.