Pass-masters Wanderers shock league leaders

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And their victory was down to an excellent first-half performance at the Hockey Club said John Hannah.

The coach and manager said: ‘Our first-half performance was exceptional.

The lads played some great passing football – something I’m trying to get them to do.

‘They are playing much better than I expected.

St Paul’s played well, too, but we outstripped them a bit with our strength.

They have some small and talented players and I’m sure when they fill out they will be a force to be reckoned with.

‘It’s fantastic seeing the kids take into the game what they are being taught at training.

It really is pleasurable watching them when they play like that.’ Wanderers’ win was marred by a broken collarbone to Southampton Academy player Michael Weir, who scored two goals before going off just 30 seconds before half time.

The previous afternoon the midfielder had returned from injury to play in Southampton’s 2-0 U15s defeat against Chelsea.

Dane Sutton scored another long range effort for Wanderers with Ivo Mendes and Paul Walker also on target.

The latter replaced Weir and on his début made a great run from the half-way line to drill the ball home.

Stephen Phelan netted St Paul’s consolation.

Two goals by Tom Gibbs and one from James Quémard took First Tower to a 5-1 win against St Brelade at La Hague Manor.

James Murray hit the Saints’ consolation.

Sporting Academics opened up a two-point lead at the top of Division II after they maintained their 100 per cent recordin by winning 5-4 against Grouville at Les Quennevais.

Nick House (two), John Borg, Alex Clark and Matthew Belsey were on target for Accies and Aaron Bowen (two), Henry Le Maistre and Dominic Pougelle for Grouville.

St Peter and St Ouen remain unbeaten after they shared four goals at St Peter.

Matt Sartin and Alan Falle registered for the hosts and Matthew Sutherland and José Andrade for the visitors.

Daniel Huet hit a hat-trick and Joey Goaziou a double in Rozel Rovers’ 5-2 win at Le Couvent against St John, for whom Warren Law and Pascal Quémèner replied.

First Tower, Jersey Wanderers and St Brelade all won under-14 Brian Beckett Trophy first-round matches without conceding a goal.

Curtis Guthrie and Alex Carpenter scored in Tower’s 2-0 at St Clement.

Johnny Hickling (three), Charlie Payne (two), Ryan Connan (two), Bradley Rimeur and Bradley McAvennie, together with an own goal, registered in Jersey Wanderers’ 10-0 success against Grouville at the Hockey Club.

St Brelade won 7-0 at Le Couvent against Rozel Rovers with goals from Jason Miller (three), Michael Ahier (two), Connor Davies and James Hudson.

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