ANDOVER Hockey Club Men’s Firsts produced a magnificent underdog performance on Saturday as they upset Hampshire/Surrey Regional Two league leaders Sunbury and Walton Hawks in a shock 3-1 home victory.

The mid-table Firsts went into the game as underdogs against the Surrey side, who were previously unbeaten in their opening four matches.

However Andover defied the odds at John Hanson on Saturday, thanks to goals from Ollie Bridge, Liam O’Sullivan and Daniel Allen.

Andover started the game under intense pressure from their well organised visitors, but slowly grew into the game after James Pawley and Bridge gained control of the midfield battle.

Man-of-the-match Conner Baverstock was forced to make an impressive save at the end of the first half, keeping out a drag flick destined for the top corner.

From the save Andover launched a quick counter attack and Hayden Jenkins played in George Allmark, who deflected to Liam O’Sullivan to fire home to put the hosts 1-0 up.

Daniel Allen doubled Andover’s lead moments later when he was slipped through on goal from out wide and hit a first time shot into the far corner of the goal.

Sunbury came out fighting in the second half and at one point pinned Andover in their own D with four consecutive short corners.

However Andover’s defence held strong until 13 minutes into the second half when Sunbury finally found the break through to bring the game to 2-1.

Andover restored their two goal advantage shortly after when Bridge fired home his second of the game.

Bridge miss-trapped a short corner but quickly recovered to shoot a superb shot into the bottom corner to put Andover 3-1 up.

Sunbury were then reduced to 10 men after a deliberate breakdown of play offence, but it mattered little to the result, as Andover saw out the game for an important three points.

Andover will hope to build on their good form as they face Camberley and Farnborough away on Saturday.

Meanwhile the club’s veteran side, Andover Diamonds, secured a 3-2 win over Newbury and Thatcham last weekend. Hacker and Boyne (2) scored Andover’s goals.