Sunday 15th May 2011.
 
We have entered this summer's London league with a joint team as Basingstoke and Worthing  which is an arrangement that has worked well in the past few years.  Division 2 also features teams from Southampton and Beckenham and the probability is that this should make for an excellent competition with not a great deal to choose between the teams.  This proved to be the case on the day when all three matches between the teams were exciting, closely fought affairs.
 
Match 1. Basingstoke/Worthing 3, Southampton 6. (H/T 1-2)
 
The score is not really a fair reflection of how this close this match was and it was only a few minutes of poor play at the start of the second half that cost us the chance of victory.  Overall it was an encouraging start for a team and Gina opened the scoring with an excellent goal. It was obvious that it would take time for the team to blend together but some of the signs were very promising.  We actually defended well most of the time and particularly in the first half but conceding three quick goals at the start of the second half left us too much to do.
Scorers; - Gina Lay 1, Hannah Chilton 1, Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions; - Gina Lay 2.
 
Match 2. Basingstoke/Worthing 6, Beckenham 6. (H/T 2-2)
 
A very exciting match that entertained the crowd and we deserved to take a point after a really encouraging performance.
The start of the match saw the teams trade goals but we needed Kayley to make a couple of excellent saves to keep us level at half time.  The second period saw both teams press hard for the win and the final minute was a frantic affair. Beckenham equalised at 5-5 with 57 seconds left and we immeadiatley took a time out.  From the re-start Sarah scored with a well taken shot to give us the lead and we thought we would secure the win when we gained possession with 20 seconds left. Unfortunately we lost the ball and after another time out Beckenham equalised just before time ran out.
Scorers; - Sarah Hickey 3, Jenny Willett 2, Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions;- Tara Osborne 3.
 
Squad in Full; - Kayley Alcorn (G/K), Jess Matthews, Tara Osborne, Hannah Chilton, Jenny Willett, Laura Joseph, Sarah Hickey, Gina Lay.
 
Overall this was a good start in the first of three tournaments and we are looking forward to making further progress in the next two events.

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