1st XI sink Havant on memorable day

OCHC 1st XI 4-3 Havant, February 14, 2015The 1st XI recorded what David Knapp described as one of their top five wins in the club’s history with a 4-3 win over promotion-chasing Havant at Thames Ditton.  The result was a triumph of organisation and teamplay against a side boosted by imported players and left Havant’s hopes of going up hanging by a thread.

A see-saw match saw us take the lead midway through the first half only to fall 1-2 down despite a string of saves from Dan Osbourne and a succession of penalty corners. We drew level and then regained the lead with the goal of the day a minute before the break, Wiseman cracking a long diagonal ball to Thomas who fired home.

For periods of the the second half we defended deep, always looking dangerous on the counter. A string of cards in what was a far from feisty game meant for a time we had a 9-8 player advantage, and as the match wore on we began to look more dangerous and scored the crucial fourth four minutes from time.  Although Havant pulled one back from a flick with the last strike of the game, the final whistle had already gone and the celebrations started.

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The 2nd XI moved into the top half of the table with a convincing 3-1 win at Epsom, while Knapp scored five goals as the 3rd XI crushed Old Reigatians 11-0, seven of the goals coming in 18 minutes straight after the break.  The Hamstrings recorded a rare win, beating Tring 7-3.

OCHC 1st XI 4-3 Havant, February 14, 2015
OCHC 1st XI 4-3 Havant, February 14, 2015