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HOCKEY: Weymouth bowled over at Portsmouth
7:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHSEA 1 WEYMOUTH 6
DANIEL Bowles netted twice as Weymouth produced a fantastic away performance at Portsmouth & Southsea in Hampshire League Division Two.
Following their opening day loss to Bournemouth, the Sea-siders were keen to bounce back and they did it in style by picking up a well-deserved victory at a ground where they had not won for several years.
Roland Gill, Ben Skidmore and Sam Bell made their first appearances of the season, replacing Chris Fry, Joe Foot and Giles Broadhead, but the first goal went to Portsmouth.
Keeper David Civil pulled off a good stop to keep out the initial effort but the hosts pounced quickly on the rebound to strike the opening blow after Weymouth had made a bright start.
Shrugging off that setback quickly, the Seasiders then levelled through Bowles, who was playing in a midfield role.
He shook off a late, reckless challenge before firing a hard shot into the top-right corner, giving the Portsmouth keeper absolutely no chance.
That gave Weymouth the lift they were after and by the break they were 3-1 ahead.
Ben Skidmore converted from a goalmouth scramble after Luke Drewitt had seen an effort saved, before Matt Lawes took full advantage of a quick free-hit from skipper Simon Harvey to stretch the lead to two.
Weymouth also had another opportunity when a penalty stroke was awarded to them in the closing stages of the half after Harvey had hit a post and Skid-more had seen his effort saved by the body of a defender on the goal-line.
Andrew Stiles stepped up but his strike was expertly saved in the top-left corner.
Harvey then received a caution shortly afterwards after remonstrating with an official who appeared to deny the visitors a clear advantage following a bad Portsmouth challenge.
Despite that, the Seasiders continued to look the stronger side at the start of the second half and were immediately rewarded with a fourth goal.
This time, Bowles intercepted a poor clearance at the top of the circle before carrying the ball on to his stronger side and firing over the diving keeper.
Harvey then picked up a yellow card for a late tackle and was sent to the sin-bin but Portsmouth failed to make their numerical advantage count and when the Weymouth skipper returned, normal service resumed.
Sam Bell’s effort was deflected in by Harvel at the far post to make it 5-1 before Drewitt grabbed the sixth on the rebound after Stiles’ initial effort from a penalty corner had been saved.
Speaking afterwards, Harvey said: “We benefitted from a slight reshuffle in personnel and formation and everyone worked exceptionally hard for the team.
“We coped well with an early setback and showed much-improved character from the previous week to recover and build a commanding lead.
“Hopefully we can put that opening-day loss to Bournemouth behind us now and build on this win at home on Saturday.”
Man of the Match: Roland Gill Green cards: Simon Harvey Yellow cards: Simon Harvey
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