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This year's mixed summer league got off to a fantastic start with a well deserved 6-1 win over hosts, Basingstoke. Despite not having played together before as a team, the squad linked up well from the starting whistle playing some lovely fluid hockey attacking from the off. Kizzy Maddock got the scoring underway with a close range tap in after some nice team build up play. Steph Millington Clark came off the bench and made an instant impact scoring Alton's second within minutes of being on the pitch. Alton continued to dominate with the goalie and defence watching an impressive Alton attack test the Basingstoke goalie who kept the home side in the game admirably. Alton's third came from Dale Vearncombe giving the visitors a comfortable lead going into half time.
After a quick turnaround at half time, Alton once again came flying out the blocks and within minutes had increased their lead with Liam Cave making an impressive sprint behind the keeper to collect the incoming ball and to lift it over her. Basingstoke continued to battle making the defence work more in the second half than the first, but Alton once again scored, again from Liam. Alton's sixth goal came from some lovely interplay between several of the ladies working the ball up the pitch with Kate Vearncombe eventually getting the ball in the back of the net. Basingstoke didn't give up and we're rewarded with a consolation goal due to a lapse in concentration from the Alton defense.
A nice friendly game and a great start to the league. Fingers crossed for more of the same next week!