HOCKEY: Champion show as Weymouth crowned

CHAMPIONS: Weymouth celebrate after winning the Hampshire Two title

CHAMPIONS: Weymouth celebrate after winning the Hampshire Two title

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WEYMOUTH 10 TADLEY 0

A CHRIS Fry hat-trick ensured Weymouth claimed the Hamp-shire Two league crown, with an emphatic win over visitors Tadley.

The Seasiders put on a great demonstration of the style of play that has brought them so much success this term, much to the appreciation of the home spectators.

The hosts soon showed their dominance and immediately pres-sed the visitors in their own half. Fry pinched the first two goals as he showed sharp movement between defenders to deflect the ball low past the keeper for his first, and then made himself well placed for a tap-in at the far post for his second.

The rout soon continued when Daniel Bowles picked up the ball at the top of the circle. The midfielder fired a well struck shot on the reverse into the top corner, much to the delight of the crowd.

Forward Andrew Stiles then joined the party after being played into space on the break by Matthew Lawes to go one-on-one with the keeper. Stiles struck a low reverse hit through to make it four.

Skipper Simon Harvey was then sidelined after being struck on the foot by a wayward strike. But Weymouth won another penalty corner that was converted by Steven Membury coming in from the injection spot.

Top scorer Luke Drewitt scored the last of the half, again on the break played in by Fry on the right of the circle, he fired home to cap the scoring at the end of the opening period.

The onslaught soon resumed after the break as Drewitt scored his 19th of the season from a well- worked penalty corner.

Midfielder Matthew Bell then fired a fiercely struck shot that found the net and man of the match Fry completed his hat-trick as he was picked out by Membury to slot in at the back post.

The last goal of Weymouth’s season was scored by Patrick May, he was channelled to the baseline but cut back in at the last moment and flicked the ball in at the near post.

At the final whistle Weymouth acknowledged their opposition before breaking into celebration.

n Over the Easter weekend Weymouth Hockey Club will host their annual festival at Red- lands.

The following month, the men’s team will cap off their successful campaign at the club’s dinner- dance.

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