Haslemere Hockey Club’s men’s first team got their South Premiership One campaign off to an impressive start with a commanding 3-0 victory against Slough in their opening game of the season.
The opening goal of the match by young talent Richie Turpin was one to remember.
Making his league debut for the men’s first team, Turpin displayed impressive skill.
After being released down the left flank, Turpin executed a stunning reverse stick shot into the top corner, leaving the Slough goalkeeper with no chance. Haslemere led 1-0 at half-time.
Haslemere had several chances to extend their lead.
Max Greenhalgh showed superb skill as he went past two defenders before setting up Charlie Millsom. With his back to goal, Millsom turned brilliantly and swept the ball into the net.
Slough attempted a comeback, but the relentless team performance and effort from Haslemere denied them any opportunity to settle or create meaningful attacks.
Instead, Haslemere continued to press forward.
The third goal was a testament to the team’s relentless attitude.
Andy Powell orchestrated a superb play, taking the ball to the baseline and deftly going past two defenders.
Powell then delivered the ball across the D, where league debutant Marco Van Raatle was waiting to tap it home.
Centre-back Alec Morgan was named player of the match for dictating play and consistently winning tackles.