The ladies 2s travelled to a very sunny New Milton to play league newcomers Bournemouth 5. We’re not good in the sun and our request for competitive sunbathing instead of hockey was politely declined by our hosts! Bournemouth started off the better of the 2 teams and quickly found the net with a close range shot just squeezing past Sophie Bruce. The Island were a little shocked but kept battling. Despite some great running down the wings from Alice Aldridge-Snell and debutant Gracie Boyd the Island could just not find the equaliser. Basingstoke went further ahead from a short corner when the shot was deflect off a stick over Sophie Bruce’s head. Despite Island protests that the shot was too high the goal stood. The second half produced a much better performance from the Island with the ball constantly in the Bournemouth half. The breakthrough came when Gracie Boyd ‘just made sure’ that Megan Bridger’s shot went in! Sadly despite the constant pressure the Island could not find another. Final score was 2-1 to Bournemouth. Wightlink Man of the Match was Gracie Boyd for a great debut and goal whilst Donkey was Megan Turner for the most wonderful run from inside her own half and into the Bournemouth circle only to air swipe! Lovely game played in great spirit.