Keeper's mistake marks miserable day
WEST Hampstead slumped back into the relegation play-off spots in the South Hockey League Premier Two after a shocker from keeper Sheldon Braithwaite. The experienced shot-stopper, who has occasionally played in goal for Trinidad
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WEST Hampstead slumped back into the relegation play-off spots in the South Hockey League Premier Two after a shocker from keeper Sheldon Braithwaite.
The experienced shot-stopper, who has occasionally played in goal for Trinidad, had a nightmare match - saving just one of eight shots and handing the visitors a gift-wrapped fifth goal to kill the game off.
Trojans led 2-0 from two breakaway goals before Chris Alfrey and Fergus Parker combined to set up right midfielder James Singer for a goal.
Centre forward Timur Asar scrambled home the second to make it 2-2 at half-time.
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But Trojans started brightly in the second half and raced to a 4-2 lead before a calamitous moment from Braithwaite.
With the ball heading harmlessly out of play behind his goal, he attempted to trap it, but instead the ball bounced off his pads and went straight to the opposition's striker who knocked it into an unguarded net.
Trojans scored a sixth goal before Fabian Kutt drilled a fierce shot into the top right hand corner to make it 6-3.
Injured skipper Adam Ross said: "Sheldon had a shocker, but he'll bounce back.
"It wasn't just the fifth goal that was strange. Normally we'd expect him to get closer to some of the other shots, but they all went in.
"Credit must go to their strikers for being so accurate, but we were all a little disappointed.
"The fifth goal was crucial because that ended it. At 4-2 we still had a chance."
West face second from bottom Barnes away this weekend and Ross says anything less than a win is unthinkable.
"They are terrible - so terrible!" he said.
"If we can't beat them, we deserve to go down.
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RELEGATION remains an outside possibility for Hampstead & Westminster after they were beaten by Loughborough in the men's Premier Division on Saturday.
Hampstead took 12 minutes to make the initial breakthrough when Australian Scott Webster received a cross from Josh Smith on the right and slotted low and left.
Both sides could have scored the next goal. And although Hampstead drew the first corner, their failure to convert allowed Loughborough to race down the pitch and almost equalise.
Two minutes later and having never fully cleared the danger, Hampstead's defence was breached. Mark Gleghorne converted a corner for the home side making it 1-1 at half-time.
On 44 minutes, Webster scored a second to give Hampstead the lead. But falling behind galvanised Loughborough, who poured into midfield and dominated the next 15 minutes.
Rod Cochrane levelled for Loughborough before Jon Bleby made the most of two short corners to make the final score 4-2.