Young guns impress in Fareham draw

Ben Hibberd scored Fareham's opener
Ben Hibberd scored Fareham's opener
Havant have been in superb form

Treble now within Havant’s grasp as they target fine finish to season

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Fareham’s fresh crop of talent impressed as they opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Whitchurch.

Matt Ramsey – a 17-year-old summer arrival from Camford – was man of the match, helping Fareham secure a point in their first EHL Men’s Conference West match of the season.

There was also an impressive display from 15-year-old Luke Cornish.

Fareham took a seventh-minute lead through Ben Hibberd. But despite having plenty of chances to extend their lead, Whitchurch nabbed a draw after a leveller midway through the second half.

A new-look Havant side had no answer to a well-drilled Guildford as they lost their Conference West opener 5-2.

Havant went in front on six minutes, thanks to a maiden National League goal for Jonathan Pickett.

The lead lasted only eight minutes, though, as the hosts equalised, before adding two more to go into the break 3-1 up.

Havant gave themselves hope when Andy Pett reduced the deficit with a trademark reverse shot.

But, seconds later, Guildford made it 4-2 and sealed the win with a fifth just past the hour mark.

n Portsmouth & Southsea Vets started their Hampshire Vets Cup campaign in style to defeat local rivals United Services Vets 1-0.

Despite the heat, the game was played at a fast pace.

The winner came on 15 minutes when Tim Schofield drove down the right wing and crossed the ball to Pete Rayner on the top of the D. His first-time pass picked out Chris Lawrence lurking at the far post who slotted home.

Portsmouth & Southsea are keen to encourage new members for their mens, ladies, vets and colts teams.

Weekly training for all levels of hockey is provided by qualified coaches. Log on to portsmouthandsouthsea for more details.

n City of Portsmouth men showed plenty of attacking threat despite going down 1-0 in a friendly with Haslemere.

Portsmouth were still short of four key players, but Dave Johns and Martin Hodkinson performed admirably, while Sam Murray, Jack Reed and James Ellis all went close to scoring.