Edwards and Sumner swoop to complete a Banbury double

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Banbury Men’s 1s 1

Eastbourne Men’s 1s 2

After eight matches and a long 15-week spell, Eastbourne Men’s 1s finally got a taste of victory as they beat bottom-of-the-table Banbury at the North Oxfordshire Academy.

David Adelston’s men hadn’t won since the last time they played Banbury at the beginning of November.

However, thanks to goals from Andy Edwards and Jeremy Sumner, they completed the double over their relegation rivals to move three points clear at the bottom of the table.

Adelston said, “It’s about time we won.

“It was a hard and gritty game but it was a match where the result was more important than the performance.”

Eastbourne took a two-nil lead in the second half before Banbury grabbed a consolation goal two minutes from time.

“We’re pleased in a way. Pleased with the result but we still need to improve our performance.

“The lads need to believe in themselves and keep the high intensity.”

Still sitting in the ‘possible relegation’ zone, Eastbourne’s future is dependent on the safety of the southern teams in the National Hockey League above them.

However, Adelston will be hoping his team can chalk up a few more victories to secure their place in the South Premier Division One next season, starting with this Saturday’s clash at the Saffrons against Spencer Men’s 1s.

Eastbourne Men’s 2s won 4-2 against Brighton and Hove Men’s 3s and face East Grinstead Men’s 4th XI this weekend.

Eastbourne Ladies 1s lost 4-1 to London Wayfarers Ladies 1s. They play Surbiton Ladies 2s this Saturday.

Hailsham Men’s 1s 2

Penguin Men’s 1s 3

FOR the second weekend running, a late goal condemned the Hailsham men’s first team to defeat.

The relentless workrate of Sam Rham, George Cyster and Lee Humber gave Hailsham some early chances.

The breakthrough finally came when a powerful reverse shot from skipper Dan Ivemy found the back of the net. Penguins started to find their feet and just before the half time whistle a fast break resulted in the ball being slammed home.

Great defensive play kept Hailsham in the game during an end-to-end second half, but Penguins continued to press and clawed their way in front.

Hailsham responded well, though. A short corner routine was slipped to Ivemy and another powerful shot rattled the backboard to make it 2-2.

With the South Hockey League Sussex Area - Division One game looking like it would end in a draw, Penguins came back again with another fast break to steal the points.

Eastbourne Swifts 0

Hailsham Ladies 1s 7

There were seven different scorers in a fine afternoon of hockey for table-topping Hailsham Ladies.

Sarah Haird started the scoring after 15 minutes, following on from her short corner injection to sweep the ball home, but shortly afterwards she was taken to hospital with a bad head injury having been hit by a powerful undercut clearance.

After the 10-minute break while Haird was treated on the pitch, the goals then started to flow with contributions from Sue Cable, Katie James - with a great reverse stick finish - Kim Hindle, Toni Bray, Susie Smith and Alison Headey.

It was a great performance from Sussex Ladies League Division One leaders Hailsham featuring some flowing passing hockey and the occasional individual touches of brilliance.

A Hailsham side which has won its last 10 games is eight points clear at the top but second-placed Burgess Hill still have three games in hand.