Hampstead & Westminster battle back twice to hold reigning champions Wimbledon

Hampstead & Westminster captain Toby Roche. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster captain Toby Roche. Pic: Mark Clews - Credit: Archant

Captain Toby Roche scored a late equaliser as Hampstead & Westminster’s men twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against reigning champions Wimbledon.

The visitors took a 27th-minute lead through Phil Ball at Paddington Recreation Ground after Hampstead lost possession in midfield, but Richard Alexander responded on the stroke of half-time, showing great persistence in the D and firing home from five yards.

The second half was a very even affair with chances at both ends. Wimbledon broke the deadlock via a penalty corner deflection in the 54th minute.

However, Hampstead showed great resolve and were rewarded with just two minutes left as Roche converted from close range following good work by Matt Botha.

Meanwhile, H&W’s ladies fell to a third straight league defeat against their Wimbledon counterparts.

They found themselves 2-1 ahead following strikes from Emma Stocking and Fleur Horner. But the hosts fought back admirably, with Lauren Seaman and Harriet Naismith striking late on to secure a 3-2 win.