Students hand H&W a lesson
HAMPSTEAD and Westminster boss Todd Williams has refused to be rattled after his men were beaten for the second time in eight days when they lost 5-2 at Loughborough Students on Saturday.
H&W were left with a mountain to climb when they went a goal behind in the fourth minute, conceded a second three minutes later and a third on 14 minutes.
The visitors got a goal back but the home side cancelled it out before the break and kept their foot on the gas to win comfortably.
The loss means H&W slip a place to fourth, but with seven points already in the bag, Williams sees no reason to panic.
“It was really our first bad day at the office,” he said. “These things happen and the other teams around us are having them too which is why we are still fourth.
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“We know what we have got to fix and we are still about par for the season so far.
“The guys are disappointed. But to be fair, the other team played well whereas two or three of our most reliable players didn’t on this occasion.
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“We have just got to put it behind us and learn how to get the winning form back. The good thing is we are where we are, and are not chasing the field.”
Loughborough’s Simon Faulkner got the first of his two goals when he scored from a penalty corner. Dave Beckett doubled the lead with a goal from open play soon after and Loughborough looked unstoppable when Mark Gleghorne bagged their third.
Stephane Vehrie-Smith (pictured) raised hopes for H&W when he rifled in a penalty corner on 21 minutes, only for Dave Becktett to get his brace minutes later.
H&W kept the hosts at bay for the bulk of the second half but conceded a goal a minute from time when Faulkner slotted a penalty corner for a 5-1 lead.
Ian Roberts got a goal back in the last minute when he converted a penalty corner.
H&W are away to Beeston on Saturday.