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Holcombe beat Wimbledon 2s 5-1 in Vitality Women’s Division 1 South | Southgate and Surbiton 2s visit Holcombe Park this weekend

Holcombe Women emphatically returned to winning ways on Saturday against Wimbledon 2s.

Goals from Leisa Randall, Hattie Jones, Jade van der Zwan and Phoebe Steele (2) clinched a 5-1 against the London side.

Holcombe beat Canterbury 7-1 Picture: Holcombe Hockey Club / Becci Woodhead
Holcombe beat Canterbury 7-1 Picture: Holcombe Hockey Club / Becci Woodhead

Report by Lucas Ball

Holcombe had been on a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions before a 5-2 defeat to Barnes that saw the team slip to third.

Saturday's victory moves Nick Bandurak's side back up to second at the halfway point of their league season.

The three points only looked to be heading one way from the off as Holcombe - coached by assistant Hayden Phillips with Bandurak on Great Britain duty in Argentina - raced into a three-goal lead inside fifteen minutes.

Randall opened the scoring with her fourth goal of the campaign in all competitions just seven minutes in before Jones added another five minutes later.

Australian van der Zwan completed the first-quarter scoring with her third in Holcombe colours on the quarter-of-an-hour mark.

There were no more goals before the half-time break but it only took five minutes of second-half action before Steele scored her fifth goal of the season, all four of Holcombe's goals to this point having come from open play.

Six cards - three apiece, with one of those a yellow for Wimbledon's Emily Barker - followed before the next goal as Steele converted a penalty corner with thirteen minutes left on the clock.

Another yellow card followed for the hosts before Phoebe Barnett scored a consolation with five minutes remaining.

Holcombe are next in action at home against Southgate on Saturday (5pm) before a cup quarter-final against Wimbledon 2s on Sunday afternoon (1:30pm). Both matches are free to attend.

Phil Roper is among the Holcombe players named in the GB squad Picture: Theresa Field
Phil Roper is among the Holcombe players named in the GB squad Picture: Theresa Field

Holcombe players Ollie Payne, Phil Roper and Nick Bandurak, meanwhile, have been selected in Great Britain's men’s squad for their FIH Pro League matches in Argentina against the hosts and the Netherlands.

David Ames misses out through injury while former Holcombe player Sam Ward has also been included.

Payne has kept four clean sheets in the Premier Division so far this season and was recently nominated for the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year award, while Roper and Bandurak have been in electric form in attack, scoring a combined 29 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Paul Revington, Men’s Head Coach, told Great Britain Hockey: “We’re all looking forward to getting started for the new international season. We face a tough schedule in Argentina with four matches in five days, however, this will provide us with a valuable test ahead of the Olympic Qualifier in Oman.

“We have several athletes who could make their Great Britain debuts in Argentina which is a testament to the quality of these individuals and to the hard work the entire squad continues to deliver both on and off the field.”

Great Britain's next set of Pro League fixtures will be in London in June.

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