Great start to the season!
Match Report by Sarah Maddern.
It's always exciting to visit an opponents club for the first time, and that excitement was heightened as it was the first fixture of the season, plus we had Lucy and Caitlin playing their First Ladies league matches. The sun was shining when we arrived and saw the tennis courts alive with players, and then the Astros with 2 matches in full swing and the benches buzzing with people along the viewing gallery at Oxford Hawks. Lovely busy sports location.
All to play for in our first league fixture against a team who were still celebrating promotion from last season. We started a little nervously; we are a different squad to last year. The majority of the play was in their half and finally we managed to get the ball in the back of the net, thanks to an impressive run through defence by Hannah Bowen Evans. Sarah Maddern managing to deflect the ball past the goal keeper, probably her first successful mid air shot.
Game on 1-0 at half time.
Second half was a little more challenging; they came out fighting. Our nerves were settled by a great run and fabulous shot into the top of the net by Lucy. Opposition comment 'we don't usually see goals like that at our level'!
There were several passages of play where we delivered some great passing from defence to midfield followed by some awesome runs into the opposition D. Several missed opportunities from short corners, but finally a deflection from a great ball in moved the score to 3-0.
Great start to the season, a win, 3 goals, and some lovely newbies who are going to be very good, and another appearance from Adele to cover the goal delivering yet again a clean sheet!
Man of the Match: Sarah Maddern,