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Hockey team makes National Vase semi-finals for first time

Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club's men have made it into the semi-finals on March 23

TMS Camberley & Farnborough celebrate becoming 2012 champions
Camberley & Farnborough celebrate becoming 2012 champions

Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club are getting set to host the biggest game in the club's history after reaching the National Vase semi-final for the first time.

The C&F boys delighted a healthy home crowd by brushing aside Crawley 3-0 to earn themselves a last four clash against midlanders Bromsgrove at Kings International College on Sunday March 23.

With skipper Alex Wilson able to pick from an almost full-strength squad, the South League Regional 2 side utilised their abundant pace up front to take the lead after 12 minutes with last year’s top goalscorer, Andy Smith, deflecting a through ball from Stuart Morhall between the Crawley goalkeeper’s legs.

C&F then dominated the next 15 minutes with a host of chances falling for Wilson and this season’s top scorer Todd Hutcheson, while vice-captain Simon Needham had a penalty corner effort deflected over then bar.

Eventually, though, the lead was doubled on 32 minutes when Hutcheson beat three players at the top of the ‘D’ and rifled a half-volley past the helpless Crawley keeper.

The second half continued in the same fashion with C&F creating multiple chances on the break and dealing well with everything Crawley could throw at them in defence. Graham Lovell, Will Sabey and Matt Renwick all enjoyed excellent games at the back for the home side.

The victory was wrapped up, however, when a great through ball from Needham found Smith, who was brought down by the keeper, resulting in a penalty flick and Smith dusted himself down to slot home goal number three.

C&F are now expecting and hopeful for a big crowd at the King's International College, Camberley, on the 23rd to support them on their big day.


Charlotte Neal
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