BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club Ladies first team travelled to Trojans aiming to bounce back from last week's defeat.

The match began in torrential rain which made it difficult for both teams and resulted in a tightly fought first half with no clear chances for either side.

During the second half, the rain began to clear and Basingstoke started to play their normal passing hockey, earning a first short corner in the process.

Shortly after, Catriona Bausor took the ball around the Trojans goalkeeper, who proceeded to take-out the Basingstoke forward, earning a yellow card in the process. From the resulting penalty stroke, Claire Bowman confidently stepped up to slot home into the top corner, 1-0 to the away team.

A few minutes later, a strong drive into the D by Mel Trevaskis was ended by a robust challenge from the Trojans defence, which led to a series of short corners for Basingstoke.

Against the run of play, a quick break from Trojans led to a short corner for the hosts. A well-worked Trojans routine making the score 1-1.

Basingstoke stepped up their game and bounced back when Roxy O'Dea converted a short corner with a strike from the top of the D, 2-1 Basingstoke.

Trojans then made the decision to put on a kicking back with 10 minutes to go and, when the ball hit one of the home team's feet on the line, Basingstoke won another penalty stroke. Claire Bowman stepping up once again, to make it 3-1.

In the last action of the game, a quick break-away goal by Fi Parker put Basingstoke 4-1 ahead, the result moves Basingstoke second in the league.

The ladies seconds travelled to face Aldershot and Farnham. Basingstoke set off to a strong start, maintaining possession and putting pressure on the opposition defence.

Unfortunately though luck was not on Basingstoke's side, first Helen Hornsby pulled up injured when tracking back to defend, leaving 'keeper Nicola Ball suddenly exposed, outnumbered and unable to prevent Aldershot from scoring, 1-0.

However, this blow only spurred Basingstoke on, resulting in several successive short corners, which culminated in Nicola Burridge’s strike past the keeper, 1-1 the score at half time.

In the second half Basingstoke had several more opportunities on goal and were looking like the likely winners of the match. However, more bad luck was in store when Charlotte Barsby took a ball to the head and could not continue to play. Forcing Basingstoke to play the remaining fifteen minutes of the match with ten players. Despite this, the visitors managed to hold out to secure a draw, final score 1-1.

The Ladies third’s faced Andover at Down Grange. The hosts started strongly, soon going ahead through Ellie Pearson, who dribbled through the Andover defence before putting the ball past the right hand side of the keeper. Amy Shore then doubled Basingstoke’s lead, smashing the ball into the left hand corner.

In the second half Basingstoke extended their lead further, Grace Moore topping off a fine performance by putting her shot beyond the keeper into the right hand corner of the goal. Final score 3-0.