The team changed their approach to their last 2 games by starting both matches using their key defensive players Paul Adams, Steve Paton and hole defender Bridger from the start. Previously the team had been starting their matches fielding a very attack-minded team and falling behind during the 1st period. The 1st period is usually the toughest periods with teams trying to dominate the opposing team.

In their 1st match of the weekend Basingstoke played 3rd place team Bristol University. The 1st period ended with Bristol leading 4 – 2, but with Basingstoke in a much closer position to their opponents. Excellent play in the 2nd quarter saw Basingtoke win the period with the scores level at 5-5. The 3rd quarter started well with some excellent attacking breaks from Gav Bridger and Steve Fairhead. This period finished 7-7. Going into the last quarter saw the local team move in to the lead for the first time. Unfortunately 2 poor tactical decisions by the local side saw Bristol respond with 2 goals to finish eventual winners 10 – 9.

This result gave Basingstoke a much needed boost in confidence ahead if their final game against British Armed Forces on the Sunday.

Basingstoke started this game using the same approach as they had against Bristol and the impact was excellent from the start. The team finished the 1st period with a 3-2 lead. From here the team didn’t look back. Goals by Neil Ingram helped Basingstoke finish this period 8 – 5 in front. The third period saw the teams best period of play in the entire season, the team scored 6 goals without reply. Steve Fairhead scored an excellent goal from the tightest of angles on the right wing. Going in to the final period Basingstoke were well in control. Ben Naylor scored an excelllent lob from 15 metres after good work from Steve Paton, which summed up the teams control of the game. The game finished 18 – 6 to Basingstoke.

Basingstoke finished the season in 6th place out of 9. Coach Gerry Lay was happy with the teams first outing at national level for some 10 years and is confident the team can build on the success of this year and look for a top 3 finish in 2005.

The local members of the team are Steve Paton, Steve Fairhead, Gavin Bridger, Paul Adams, Ben Naylor and Neil Ingram.

Team        Goal diff     Points

Portobello       +210     32

Sheffield           +82     25

Bristol uni            +9     20

Bedford             +38     19

Invicta Marlins   -54     12

Basingstoke     -23     11


BAF                     -129     7

Newcastle             -4     5

Jersey                   -4     -5

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