Fareham left ‘shell-shocked’

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Ben Barnes admitted his Fareham side were ‘shell-shocked’ after the 5-0 drubbing by Indian Gymkhana on Saturday.

The Fareham performance director saw his team taken apart by Tejinder Hanspal, who bagged a hat-trick as they went down to a crushing defeat.

Barnes said: ‘We come away from this game shell-shocked and we will need to pick ourselves up quickly and show some character for next week’s game.

‘We performed and played well for long periods of the game but, nevertheless, we face up to the fact we lost 5-0.

‘Missing our chances in front of goal cost us against very good opposition.’

Hanspal bagged a treble in the clash between the sides back in September and was too hot to handle once again as he struck twice in the first 20 minutes and then completed his hat-trick three minutes from time.

There was far better news for Fareham Ladies who destroyed Haslemere 6-0 in their league encounter.

Hannah Oldham, Bex Close and Vicky Field alll helped themselves to two goals each and the result keeps the pressure up on unbeaten league leaders Winchester with Fareham in second spot and just three points behind.

Fareham II completed a remarkable fightback as they came from 3-1 down to claim a 4-3 win over table-topping Trojans in their Hampshire/Surrey regional League division one.

Fareham soon found themselves 2-0 down but Luke Cornish pulled one back, only for Trojans to extend their lead again before the break.

When the Southampton-based side were reduced to 10 men, Fareham made them pay as goals Kent Langridge and skipper Ben Cooper got them back on level terms.

But when a red card was shown to Trojans’ Ian Bassett, Fareham took control and Cornish slotted home the winner from a penalty corner

The result meant Fareham closed the gap to two points at the top of the table.

n Paul Dew and skipper Niall Gray (2) were on the mark as Portsmouth & Southsea defeated Tadley 3-1.

But their second string had to make do with a 5-1 loss at the hands of Winchester.

Toby Ransom scored the consolation.