Cook calls on Fareham to finish survival job

Fareham boss Nigel Cook
Fareham boss Nigel Cook
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Fareham are half way to England Hockey conference west survival after holding their nerve to down Harbourne in the first of the relegation play-off matches.

Now head coach Nigel Cook is calling on his men to finish the job this weekend against St Albans.

Fareham ran out 4-2 winners on Saturday at Henry Cort to put them within touching distance of completing their escape mission.

Sam Hiscock’s double, Ben Hibberd’s effort and Paul Hilton’s 65th-minute scorcher did the damage.

Cook was delighted with the manner in which Fareham delivered in the pressure-cooker environment.

He said: ‘We’re fighting for our national lives and that brings high pressure with it.

‘It was far from pretty but we are battling away to get the job done and I’m very satisfied with that.

‘Our last six games have been matches we’ve had to win, so we’ve been used to playing with pressure.

‘I expect our guys to win playing under that pressure.’

There are now various permutations for Fareham as they complete the round-robin format of the play-offs with a trip to Hertfordshire on Saturday.

They could still possibly survive even if they are defeated but a win or a draw would make them safe.

Cook is happy it’s in his team’s hands and wants them to see the job out.

He said: ‘We’ve got it how we wanted it but the job’s only half done.’