Ladies 2s defeated at home by Winchester Academy
City women's 2s lost 7-1 at home to Winchester Academy in a game filled with drama.
The ladies 2s lost 1-7 to Winchester Academy in a game that wasn’t short of drama.
The opposition and umpire, were delayed by heavy traffic owing to an accident. Unfortunately, it emerged that the driver of the car that had crashed was City sweeper, Clemmie Bridges.
The game started forty minutes late and unfortunately City managed to injure their keeper, Lucy AM Smith, in the warm up. City made an incredibly strong start, with Michelle Hughes and Annabelle Fowler in the centre giving Winchester something to think about.
Considering that City lost 2-12 to the same team first time around, they were pleased that it took a long time for to concede the opener.
Amy Moore did sterling work as sweeper, ably supported by Sam Pratt and Andrea Barnes in defence. Lucy Smith made a number of good saves. Annabelle got back to make some strong clearances. Emma Hand put in some strong tackles in the midfield, often passing the ball to Jemma Gard, who made some great runs: many people commented just how much improvement Emma has shown this season.
Kayleigh Knight returned from injury to play some of the match and Gemma English ran her heart out, despite also being injured. Danni Francis made some good breaks on the right.
Overall City played very well against a stronger team and at half time had conceded just three, mostly on short corners. In the second half, a penalty stroke was awarded and Michelle Hughes put us on the scoreboard. Towards the end we tired and also picked up a number of further injuries – Hughes took a nasty tumble and stand-in captain Laura Burden had to spend the last minutes of the half off when a ball was lifted into my knee.
Most of Winchester’s goals came in quick succession near the end.
Man of the match was jointly awarded to Sam Pratt and Amy Moore.
After the game, Burden reflected on the season: "This is the end of my temporary captaincy but I’m really looking forward to the last match – let’s end what’s been a difficult season with our heads high."
"Thanks so much, ladies – I’m really proud of how you’ve played over the last few fixtures. The attitude has been superb, even under great pressure."
"Clemmie, we’re so relieved that your injuries weren’t worse and wish you a speedy recovery."