Deadly Fareham earn club-record National League win

Alex Boxall. 'Picture: Mick Young
Alex Boxall. 'Picture: Mick Young
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Fareham coach Ben Barnes praised his side’s brand of attacking hockey after they swept aside bottom-of-the-table Whitchurch 8-0.

It was their third consecutive win and a club-record victory in the National League conference west.

Barnes’ side sit fourth going into the winter break with a healthy total of 21 points.

‘We are playing a brand of hockey that the club haven’t seen for quite some time,’ said Barnes.

‘I am very pleased to be on 21 points and fourth in the table going into the mid-season break and this has helped us put behind us the disappointments of last season.

‘We have now established a good foundation for the second half of the season after we have all had a well-deserved rest over Christmas.’

Fareham took control of the game after eight minutes when Ben Hibberd score from a well-worked penalty corner.

The lead was extended after 20 minutes when Jamie Rawlins scored with a direct shot from another penalty corner.

The score remained at 2-0 at half-time, despite Fareham being reduced to 10 men following a bad challenge.

In the second half, although they lost another player through suspension, the home team produced a purple patch where they scored five goals in eight minutes to extend their lead to 7-0.

Australia A international Daniel Sampey was first to score on 42 minutes, then a minute later captain Alex Boxall scored from a penalty corner.

Ben Hibberd and youngster Luke Cornish slotted home before Boxall netted his second and Fareham’s seventh from another penalty corner on 50 minutes.

Jon Potts rounded off the scoring in what was a superb attacking display from Barnes’ side.

The coach was particularly pleased with the quality of the eighth goal and likened it to the standard of the highest league.

Barnes said: ‘Jonathan Potts’ goal was the pick of the bunch. It was a really good goal at full stretch to finish off a lengthy passing move.

‘I can remember Premier League goals when I was playing being of that kind of quality.’

Boxall added: ‘We had seven corners and scored from five of them. We’ve been working on short corners and different routines. It’s taken us half a season but it’s clicking now.

‘In recent years we’ve slipped up against Whitchurch. They’re lower down in the league and we’ve been expected to win and it hasn’t quite happened.’

Prior to the weekend, Fareham became Hampshire indoor champions following a 5-5 draw with Basingstoke, a 9-1 win against United Services and a 2-1 triumph over Trojans.

Fareham will now represent Hampshire in the South qualifiers on December 20.

Fareham Men’s second team were beaten 2-1 away to Winchester in South League Hampshire/Surrey division one despite taking the lead through Craig Simms.

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