Hampstead & Westminster produce stunning comeback to beat East Grinstead
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 09 March 2017
Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club's men took a huge step towards the end of season play-offs after a 4-3 win over East Grinstead - and all after they trailed 3-0 early in the second half.
Goals from Ashley Jackson, Andy Piper and Farres Palet had put the visitors to Paddington Recreation Ground comfortably ahead with just 30 minutes to go.
But that didn’t phase the Hampstead attack and the home team pulled one back straight away to lift the bumper crowd.
A ball from captain Toby Roche having taken a long corner quickly found Welsh international Rupert Shipperley who was given too much time and he finished coolly on the reverse.
Soon after Hampstead had their second when Will Calnan attacked the right hand side of the circle and coolly lifted the ball over the approaching keeper into the top corner of the goal with 20 minutes to play.
Hampstead definitely smelled a comeback at this stage and kept pushing forward. They were rewarded with an equalizer with just over 10 minutes to go.
Roche strolled forwards from his new defensive role to find Stevie Dowds on the left-hand side of the D.
He spun superbly and crossed across goal where Shipperley dived in to touch the ball at the near post and give Hampstead the equaliser.
Hampstead initially thought they had gone in front when Cargo volleyed in from six yards but the umpire overruled the decision for an earlier infringement.
However, they were not to be denied and cometh the hour, cometh the man. After a fantastic team move, Matt Guise-Brown stepped up with less than five minutes on the clock to bag his 15th goal of the season from the resulting penalty corner.
Hampstead easily repelled any late attacks from East Grinstead to earn the three points, which means they remain fourth but now sit five points ahead of fifth place with only three games to play.
Their final home game will be on Sunday, March 26, against second-placed Holcombe.
First up though is a trip to Reading on Sunday before a visit to Wimbledon the following Saturday.
Hampstead and Westminster Ladies’ took on bottom of the table Northampton Saints in Maida Vale on Saturday, still with a mathematical, but very slim chance of climbing into play-off contention.
And they kept those hopes alive with a big 9-0 victory.
Hampstead pressed Northampton hard from the start, and the goals started to flow. Louise Radford opened the scoring before Katherine Baker and Annebeth Wijtenburg added to the tally.
Radford found the net once more before half-time to give the home team a clear advantage going into the break.
The girls continued to play at a high tempo in the second period, adding a further five goals.
Radford completed her hat-trick, Michelle Borren added three of her own with a 23 minute hat-trick and Brodie Fairchild also got on the score sheet with a penalty corner goal.
Results elsewhere mean Hampstead are up to third position with three hard games still to play.
First up is a trip to Cambridge City on Saturday.