Ladies 1s match report by skipper April Fowden

Now 7 games into the season for the ladies 1s, and so far there has been a mixed bag of results, with tough losses in the first two games against Lindum and Boston Spa (who are sitting in first and second position in the league), a well deserved draw against Halifax and a further 2 losses against Doncaster and Kingston-Upon-Hull.

After some disappointing results and the run of luck generally not going our way, the girls were starting to fear that this season might not pan out how they had hoped. But after some positive encouragement and a lot of hard work, the girls knew what they had to do and proved their ability to play top notch quality hockey by bringing it back in their 6th game away against Thirsk, coming away with a thoroughly deserved 6-1 win!

This then took us into our 7th game at home against Slazengers. The girls keen to repeat the winning performance this time in front of coach Simon and a whole host of supporters on the sideline.

The recent boost in moral following the first 3 points of the season meant the girls headed into the game in high spirits and good form. Quickly out from the whistle, putting pressure straight on Slazengers defence – with a nice early goal right on the 5-minute mark from new recruit Zoe, was just what the team needed.

Adel kept possession nicely, playing lovely flowing hockey, with quick balls worked out from the wingbacks Giley, Lindsey and April through to the rotating midfield of Ceska, Robyn, Jess and Jen, who’s constant running and pace made it difficult for Slazengers to try and catch us on the break.

The girls were rewarded 10 minutes later when Katie slotted home a well worked reverse stick goal from open play, before the girls could celebrate too much, Zoe upped the stakes just 60 seconds later with another goal of her own. The team now with a bit of breathing room, or so we thought, perhaps losing concentration for a couple of minutes, allowing Slazengers to score one right on the half way mark, making the half time score 3-1 to Adel.

The squad pleased with their efforts so far, but felt they should be further ahead and were hungry for more goals. This was quickly rectified in the second half with a short corner being won a few minutes in; a well-worked slick routine saw Rosie casually slot the ball home in on the post.

The defence doing a great job at pushing up to help the attack, with Hannah working hard to step up and putting pressure on the Slazengers mid field along with Becky stepping in at CM, and doing a great job of dealing with their key play maker in the middle of the pitch.  With skipper April showing strong ball carrying skills out of defence and some accurate passing, defence was turned into attack quickly and 5 more goals followed throughout the second half showing the class of our forward line, with x2 more for Katie, another each for Zoe and Rosie and one for Jen.

Occasionally having to deal with a Slazengers counter attack, which was quickly dealt with by Sophie and Abby often the last man before Keeper Stella, who made a number of important saves, especially once Slazengers started winning some short corners of their own towards the end of the game when Adel legs started to tire, keeping them from scoring anymore and allowing us to improve our goal difference, which now stands at 0, a fitting number where we can now look to build and improve on this in the coming games.

MOM – A close one this week with lots of players picking up votes, but was clinched by Zoe with her first hat-trick for the club!

DOD – Joint between Rosie and Sophie, can’t have been that bad as I can’t remember what it was for! (Ed: apparently for falling over in the warm up…)

Next up is an away fixture against Sheffield University Bankers, who are sitting middle of the league table. With the girls keen to keep up there recently found good form.


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